Title: Executive Director
Company: Ocean River Institute
Location: Somerville, Massachusetts, United States
Rob Moir, PhD, Executive Director at Ocean River Institute, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in environmental conservation.
Having devoted the entirety of his more than 40-year career to working to protect the environment, Dr. Moir has excelled in his role as executive director of the Ocean River Institute in Cambridge, Massachusetts since 2007. Likewise, he has been the founding chairperson of the board for Ocean Champions since 2003, as well as president of the National Marine Educators Association and Essex County Ornithological Club. He is also involved with the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary and Boston Harbor Islands National Park Area on the advisory councils. Dr. Moir commenced his career as an assistant scientist for the Sea Education Association in 1979, moving on to serve as a curator of natural history at the Peabody Essex Museum, curator of education at the New England Aquarium and executive director of Discovery Museums. Between 1986 and 2012, he had served in varying capacities for the Cambridge School of Weston, Boston Harbor Islands NPS Partnership, Ocean Alliance, Ocean Conservancy and Massachusetts League of Environmental Voters. Looking toward the future, he intends to further engage citizens and families as eco-stewards to create clean and healthy environments and attain a better quality of life for humans and wildlife. He would also like to see increased responsible stewardship of natural resources by the government, including oceans, rivers and watersheds.
Renowned for his tireless fight to save the planet, Dr. Moir received the James Centorino Award for Distinguished Performance in Marine Education from the National Marine Educators Association in 1988. A Swizter Environmental Fellow in 1996, he had also been granted the Rockefeller Brothers Fund Award for the Development of a College Course on Cetacean Biology, Ecology, and Conservation in 1976. Along with these accolades, a highlight of Dr. Moir’s career was initiating bioregional and ecosystem-based collaborative management by naming a portion of the Massachusetts Bay “Salem Sound,” Through this initiative, he was able to bring together five municipalities, an engaged constituency of citizen scientists and eco-savvy residents to improve environmental qualities of the region. He attributes his success to his organizational, listening and communication skills, management expertise and ability to learn from others and from his own experiences. Notably, Dr. Moir received a Bachelor of Arts in natural sciences from Hampshire College in 1977. Matriculating at Antioch University New England, he achieved a Master of Studies in science teaching and environmental management in 1979 and a Doctor of Philosophy in environmental studies in 2002. Additionally, he received a certification in ecology from the Marine Biological Laboratory.
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