New Vice President of Conservation and Science at the Monterey Bay Aquarium
February 21, 2013
This spring, the Monterey Bay Aquarium will be welcoming Margaret Spring as its new Vice President for Conservation and Science.
Spring has a strong background in ocean science and policy. After graduating from Dartmouth College and Duke University Law School, she worked with the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation as its Senior Counsel and with the Nature Conservancy’s California chapter as Director of its Coastal and Marine program. She joins the aquarium from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, where she was Chief of Staff and Principal Deputy Under Secretary for Oceans and Atmosphere.
“She’s got a great background,” says the aquarium’s Communications Director Ken Peterson. “And she has experience in Washington, which helps give good direction to our policy initiatives.”
As Vice President of Conservation and Science, Spring will be overseeing the aquarium’s conservation and research programs and spearheading the SeaFood Watch program. These programs include policy work and business and consumer outreach, as well as science-based conservation of what Peterson calls the aquarium’s “key animals”: otters, great white sharks, Pacific bluefin tuna, and others.