Stephanie Wear is a marine ecologist and spokesperson at The Nature Conservancy, the world’s largest environmental organization. Throughout her career, she has focused on researching and developing new strategies to reduce threats to coral reefs, paying special attention to how the fates of reefs and people are intertwined. Since joining the Conservancy in 2001, she has developed strategies to address global drivers that threaten coral reefs, developed training programs for reef managers and become a recognized media spokesperson on reef conservation.
Stephanie’s latest work with the Conservancy examines the often-unrecognized role that sanitation plays in conservation and human health around the globe. While sewage may not be the most pleasant conversation topic, it affects the lives of billions of people around the globe. Stephanie approaches it as she does any research area: using rigorous science to connect to other scientists, donors and the media.
Stephanie has become a recognized spokesperson for conservation around the globe. She was named one of Women’s Health Magazine’s “Clean and Green Pioneers” in April 2013 and Babble.com’s “Mom’s Who are Changing the World” in 2011. She has appeared on numerous media outlets including NBC Dateline, NBC Today Show, NBC Nightly News, CBS Evening News, Fox News, Time Magazine, Success Magazine, and as a guest on The Martha Stewart Show. She has also appeared as an expert contributor on Disney’s movie “Oceans” and in the BBC series “The Power of Nature.” She speaks frequently at conferences and special events, including the Nexus Global Youth Summit and the Denver Museum for Nature and Science.
In April 2013, she was selected for the inaugural class of NatureNet Science Fellows, a pathbreaking program sponsored by the Conservancy and six leading universities that brings new approaches to solving global challenges around sustainable provision of food, energy and water.
In her free time, Stephanie enjoys exploring coastal North Carolina and its expansive salt marshes with her family.