Alasdair Harris, PhD. is Founder of Blue Ventures, the 2011 Buckminster Fuller Challenge winner. Blue Ventures works with local communities to conserve threatened marine environments. Their highly acclaimed integrated conservation programs work with some of the world’s poorest coastal communities to develop conservation and alternative income initiatives to protect biodiversity and coastal livelihoods. The results of Blue Ventures’ work help propose new ideas to benefit coastal communities everywhere.
A marine ecologist with an unhealthy obsession for corals, Al has spent the past decade developing conservation initiatives in the Indian Ocean, and led his first marine research expedition to Madagascar in 2001. Within Blue Ventures Al is responsible for coordinating conservation and research activities, leading an interdisciplinary and international team of scientists, educators and conservation practitioners. His work focuses on developing scalable solutions to marine environmental challenges, in particular pioneering market-based approaches that make marine conservation make economic sense to coastal communities.
Alongside his work with Blue Ventures Al is a visiting post-doctoral researcher at the University of Oxford’s Environmental Change Institute, a member of the World Commission on Protected Areas, a member of the Marine Stewardship Council's Stakeholder Council, and a technical advisor to the United Nations Environment Programme's Convention on Migratory Species Secretariat.