Alan Friedlander

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Department of Biology
friedlan [at] hawaii [dot] edu

Over the past 35 years Alan Friedlander has spent > 8,000 hours underwater—from coral reefs to the Arctic and to depths of thousands of feet, exploring some of the most remote and challenging regions on earth. He is currently Chief Scientist for National Geographic’s Pristine Seas Project where he leads research efforts to help understand and conserve the last wild places in the ocean. His more than 100 scientific publication, 25 book chapters, 10 documentary films, and numerous popular articles are widely cited and have been influential in addressing major issues in marine conservation. Alan was previously the leader of the Hawaii Cooperative Fisheries Research Unit and Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Hawaii where he is currently the Director of the Fisheries Ecology Research Lab. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Hawaii and was a National Research Council Postdoctoral Associate with the Pacific Fisheries Environmental Lab in Monterey, California. Alan is a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, 2006 Duke University Distinguished Conservation Scholar, and along with the Pristine Seas Team, was awarded the 2014 Environmental Hero Award by the Environmental Media Association. His major research areas of interest are coral reef community ecology, fisheries science, marine conservation biology, and traditional marine resource use and management. The Fisheries Ecology Research Lab is developing partnerships with local communities, scientists, and management agencies to better understand fish biology and fisheries uses around the state in order to promote wise harvest practices.