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NOAA Under Secretary Margaret Spring Named Aquarium Vice President of Conservation and Science
Margaret Spring, who currently serves as Principal Deputy Under Secretary for Oceans and Atmosphere and Chief of Staff at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, has been named vice president of conservation and science at the Monterey Bay Aquarium.
In her new position, she will oversee the aquarium’s research programs involving sea otters, great white sharks, Pacific bluefin tuna and other species, as well as its respected Seafood Watch program and ocean policy outreach efforts.
Spring earlier served with The Nature Conservancy’s California chapter as director of its coastal and marine program, and Senior Counsel, then General Counsel, to the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, playing an important role advising members of Congress on ocean issues and developing key ocean legislation.
She is a graduate of Duke University Law School and Dartmouth College.
“Margaret’s background and experience in fisheries and ocean policy, her work at both the state and federal level, and her deep experience putting science to work on behalf of conservation make her a perfect fit for the aquarium,” said Executive Director Julie Packard. “I’m confident that, with Margaret’s leadership, we can make real progress in addressing the most pressing threats to ocean health.”
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