Ocean Currents » Jackie Yeary http://blog.oceanconservancy.org News, opinions, photos and facts from Ocean Conservancy Wed, 04 May 2016 12:00:55 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.4.2 Taking on Plastic at the Met Gala http://blog.oceanconservancy.org/2016/05/03/taking-on-plastic-at-the-met-gala/ http://blog.oceanconservancy.org/2016/05/03/taking-on-plastic-at-the-met-gala/#comments Tue, 03 May 2016 19:54:46 +0000 Jackie Yeary http://blog.oceanconservancy.org/?p=12018

Photo: Emma Watson/Facebook

True confessions: I’m secretly a total Harry Potter nerd. Okay, maybe it’s not so secret… (#TeamHufflepuff anyone?) Which is why I did a literal happy dance in my living room when I saw Emma Watson’s gown for last night’s Met Gala.

Her look, designed by Calvin Klein with help from Eco-Age, incorporated recycled plastics into the body of the gown.  “Plastic is one of the biggest pollutants on the planet,” said Watson on Facebook. “Being able to repurpose this waste and incorporate it into my gown for the #MetGala proves the power that creativity, technology and fashion can have by working together.”

Emma’s point about the power of creativity is an important reminder. There are a lot of problems—big problems—facing our planet, and it’s going to require ingenuity and innovation to solve them. And if finding a sustainable way to create red carpet fashion brings more people to the table, then I say, “The more the merrier!”

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Celebrating International Women’s Day http://blog.oceanconservancy.org/2016/03/08/celebrating-international-womens-day/ http://blog.oceanconservancy.org/2016/03/08/celebrating-international-womens-day/#comments Tue, 08 Mar 2016 17:30:03 +0000 Jackie Yeary http://blog.oceanconservancy.org/?p=11587

I consider myself lucky to work at Ocean Conservancy for many reasons—not the least of which is the incredible, passionate group of female colleagues who inspire me to work my hardest every day, and have served as an amazing set of mentors in my professional life.

In honor of International Women’s Day, we’re celebrating the important work done by Ocean Conservancy’s women in conservation. They’ve answered some questions about their professional experience, and offered their advice for anyone who may be looking to enter the field of conservation themselves!

Who or what inspires you to continue the work you do?

“As an advocate, environmental attorney, and working mom, I am inspired by all the women who have done it before me. It’s great to see that the tide really is turning—having kids no longer has to derail your career.  My professional life is filled with ladies who kick ass on all fronts.”—Ivy Fredrickson, Staff Attorney, Conservation Programs

“Two things: nature and people. Seeing the beauty of the ocean and its denizens, and knowing how much people love and rely on the ocean for everything from sports to relaxation to food to water, air, and life itself.” —Anna Zivian, Senior Research Fellow

“This is cheesy, but my mom volunteered a ton when I was a kid. When I grew up and had to pick a career and find a job, I don’t think I realized there was anything else to do except work that strives to improve the world around you. Environmental conservation is my passion, but it definitely grew out of that sense of civic duty that came from spending so much time on volunteer efforts in my community growing up.” —Addie Haughey, Senior Manager, Government Relations

“The people I work with inspire me. Their passion, commitment and drive to create a better world make me excited to come to work every day.” —Amy Fonville, Director, Membership

“Making the world a better place! My work in Development allows me help Ocean Conservancy members fulfill their wishes of leaving a legacy in protecting our ocean for future generations.” —Kisbel De La Rosa, Planned Giving Officer

“The ocean is such an amazing and important system that we know relatively nothing about. How crazy is that?! Every day I learn something new. Every day! I hope it stays that way forever.” —Sage Melcer, Research Assistant

“My earliest inspirations came from my grandparents, who had a deep love for the environment; I have lovely memories of playing in the rivers where I grew up.  I am always inspired by my creative friends and the world around me. I was also lucky to have a graduate advisor, Dr. Amy Rosemond, who is a constant champion for women in science.” —Amy Trice, Policy Analyst, Ocean Planning

What advice would you give to young women looking for a career in your field?

“First, be fearless! Second, think about your skill set and what you enjoy doing day to day and how that can intersect what you enjoy learning about. There are so many multi-disciplinary fields these days like environmental journalism, environmental health and toxicology, environmental law, business and environmental sustainability, even accounting for a non-profit in a field you love. You don’t have to be a PhD research scientist to be in the field of conservation… but you sure can if you want!” —Tracy Parsons, Director, Program Development

“Don’t be afraid to go off-script and make up your own path. Your career may never look like anyone else’s, and that’s fine! At the end of the day, if you made a difference, you’ve succeeded.” —Sarah Cooley, Science Outreach Manager

“You don’t have to take “no” for an answer. When I wanted to apply for my first research grant, a professor told me that I wasn’t qualified and should get more experience first. I applied anyway and got the grant. Had I let him shake my confidence, I wouldn’t be doing the research I am today. “ —Erin Spencer, Digital Coordinator

“Don’t let stereotypes of what you are or are not—in my case ‘scientists are not good communicators’— become a crutch for not improving yourself or enhancing your skillset.” —Alexis Baldera, Conservation Biologist

“Never underestimate the contribution you can make in preserving our precious ocean.  Take your best skills and explore with your mentors how you can apply those talents in a way that benefits ocean and marine wildlife conservation.  That’s what I did and it has made all the difference.” —Charlotte Meyer, Director, Planned Giving

“Find a mentor! If you see a woman you admire, ask her to coffee and pick her brain! And support women leaders in your workplace—there still aren’t that many women at the top of the conservation field, and that needs to change.” —Bethany Carl Kraft, Director, Gulf Restoration

“Consider extended travel or studying abroad. Marine science is as much about how people and cultures interact with the ocean and its resources as it is about uncovering the lives of the creature themselves. Considering these motivations from different perspectives will help you solve problems wherever you land.” —Elizabeth Fetherston, Marine Restoration Strategist

Want to share your story? Join the conversation on Twitter by following  @OurOcean! We’ll be sharing questions throughout the day about what it’s like to be a woman in the field, and sharing profiles of some of our own inspiring staff members using #WomenInConservation.

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Announcing the Winners of the 2015 Marine Wildlife and Seascape Photo Contest http://blog.oceanconservancy.org/2015/08/05/announcing-the-winners-of-the-2015-marine-wildlife-and-seascape-photo-contest/ http://blog.oceanconservancy.org/2015/08/05/announcing-the-winners-of-the-2015-marine-wildlife-and-seascape-photo-contest/#comments Wed, 05 Aug 2015 18:12:37 +0000 Jackie Yeary http://blog.oceanconservancy.org/?p=10616 "Survival" by Ben Hicks "Lunge Feeding" by Emma Levy "Bald Eagle on Ice" by Elaine Hester "Burmese Leg Rower" by Jane Saull "Porcelain Crab in Anemone" by Kathy Krucker "Sealed In" by Jim Ingraham "Great Blue Heron at Dusk" by Bill Camarota


This summer, we asked all of you to submit your best photos to our 2015 Marine Wildlife and Seascape Photo Contest. We were amazed by all of the beautiful images that you submitted and incredibly grateful for those of you who voted. After weeks of deliberation, our judges have spoken! Here are the winners from this year’s photo contest!

A hearty congratulations to Emma Levy and Ben Hicks for claiming the top two prizes!

“Survival,” the photo by Ben Hicks, shows a baby loggerhead turtle swimming beneath some Sargassum seaweed in Boca Raton, Florida. Judges loved the expression Ben captured on the the little turtle’s face, as well as the colors of the Sargassum against the water, earning him the “Judges’ Choice” award. Ben was also a runner-up in our Winter 2014 Marine Wildlife and Seascape Photo Contest.

Emma’s photo, “Lunge Feeding” features two humpback whales feeding anchovies in their summer feeding grounds off of California. It received the highest number of public votes and earned the “People’s Choice” award.

This year’s contest also featured winners in the following categories:

  •  Arctic: “Eagle on Ice” by Elaine Hester
  • Ocean at Work: “Burmese Leg Rower” by Jane Saull
  • Marine Invertebrates: “Porcelain Crab in Anemone” by Kathy Krucker
  • Marine Mammals: “Sealed In” by Jim Ingraham
  • “Our Ocean” (General): “Great Blue Heron at Dusk” by Bill Camarota

Thank you again to everyone who participated in this year’s photo contest, as well as the panel of judges who made this contest possible. We look forward to seeing all of your entries next year!

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Enter the 2015 Marine Wildlife and Seascape Photo Contest http://blog.oceanconservancy.org/2015/06/12/enter-the-2015-marine-wildlife-and-seascape-photo-contest/ http://blog.oceanconservancy.org/2015/06/12/enter-the-2015-marine-wildlife-and-seascape-photo-contest/#comments Fri, 12 Jun 2015 17:28:18 +0000 Jackie Yeary http://blog.oceanconservancy.org/?p=10316

That perfect sunrise while you were walking barefoot on the beach. That snorkel trip when a dolphin swam right up to you.

You know the feeling of getting the perfect photo. Now is your chance for everyone else to see it too!

Enter your pictures into the 2015 Marine Wildlife and Seascape Photo Contest now. Don’t wait. The deadline is June 23.

You just might see your photo on the next Ocean Conservancy calendar—that more than 100,000 people (including me) will have hanging on their wall. Plus you could win some wicked cool prizes.

This year’s prize categories include:

  • A gray whale blue bag from our partner Rockflowerpaper
  • A travel softshell cooler from Landshark Lager*
  • An Ocean Conservancy winter hat
  • An Ocean Conservancy plush animal
  • A one-year membership to Ocean Conservancy

After you enter, share the link with your family and friends for your chance to win the People’s Choice Award! Our panel of judges will select the Grand Prize Winner and the five category winners.

Good luck!

*Winners must be 21 or older to receive the Landshark Lager cooler.

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Share the Ocean Love This Valentine’s Day http://blog.oceanconservancy.org/2015/02/10/share-the-ocean-love-this-valentines-day/ http://blog.oceanconservancy.org/2015/02/10/share-the-ocean-love-this-valentines-day/#comments Tue, 10 Feb 2015 15:00:52 +0000 Jackie Yeary http://blog.oceanconservancy.org/?p=9808

This Valentine’s Day share some ocean love with YOUR loved ones! Ocean Conservancy has created six eCards to choose from and each of them are ‘otterly’ adorable. Send a Valentine’s eCard today!

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Happy Holidays http://blog.oceanconservancy.org/2014/12/22/happy-holidays/ http://blog.oceanconservancy.org/2014/12/22/happy-holidays/#comments Mon, 22 Dec 2014 12:49:58 +0000 Jackie Yeary http://blog.oceanconservancy.org/?p=9637

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Happy Thanksgiving! http://blog.oceanconservancy.org/2014/11/27/happy-thanksgiving/ http://blog.oceanconservancy.org/2014/11/27/happy-thanksgiving/#comments Thu, 27 Nov 2014 11:00:38 +0000 Jackie Yeary http://blog.oceanconservancy.org/?p=9543

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