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Adam Ratner

Adam Ratner

Associate Director of Conservation Education

I share stories of hope and action, providing support to community members, students and volunteers as they discover their talents and refine their strengths as leaders in ocean activism.

Adam Ratner began at The Marine Mammal Center in 2009 leading educational programs for high school students and visitors. Over the years, he has challenged people to think differently about ocean conservation using the stories of individual patients that are rescued by The Marine Mammal Center. By providing hopeful stories of action and tangible solutions, Adam helps people find inspiration and empowerment to become the heroes of their own environment and community. Today, as the Associate Director of Conservation Education, Adam serves as an expert on topics related to ocean health, such as climate change, ocean trash and sustainable seafood. His ability to break down big and complex ideas helps people understand how their actions have an impact on the ocean.

Adam was named one of the 30 under 30 Game Changers for the Planet by the North American Association for Environmental Education. Working collaboratively across sectors and geographic regions, he serves as the Training Director for the National Network for Ocean and Climate Change Interpretation and oversees the Center's Climate Literacy Collaborative. He is also a member of the Zero Waste Marin Local Task Force, the Global Ghost Gear Initiative and the Pacific Ocean Aquafarms Stakeholder Advisor Group.

Adam has been in the conservation field for over 10 years leading environmental education programming. He graduated from Bates College with degrees in Marine Biology and Psychology, with a focus on animal behavior. He has completed field research and studied animal behavior in labs around the country. His research includes studying bird hearing, as well as fish learning and memory.


Areas of Expertise

  • Climate Literacy and Conservation Education
  • Storytelling
  • Impact of Ocean Trash
  • Sustainable Seafood
  • Marine Mammal Behavior

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