Mark Spalding

Mark Spalding is a senior scientist with the Conservancy’s Global Marine Team. He is based in the Conservation Science Group at the University of Cambridge. It’s a wonderful and sometimes awe-inspiring place to work—in the same block where Newton and Darwin worked, where the first computer was built and the double-helix discovered. He’s worked on big global studies of coral reefs and mangrove forests, but inspiration for all this work has come from the sheer thrill of being close to nature—be it an exotic coral reef or the pond in his garden.

Mark's Posts

Sharks: The Tragedy of Global Decimation

August 13th, 2012

The near-annihilation of sharks worldwide is having untold bad consequences on coral reef life, says Conservancy senior marine scientist Mark Spalding. More

David, Meet Goliath

April 25th, 2012

99% of world's oceans are unprotected and marine scientists alone can’t save them. Rather, the oceans need to be saved by popular demand, says the Conservancy's Mark Spalding. More

Of Fish and Princes

March 13th, 2012

"There was optimism in the air" at the Prince of Wales' recent special meeting on sustaianble fisheries. Read our marine scientist's first-hand account. More

Do You Believe in Ghosts?

October 6th, 2011

Scientist Mark Spalding has a scary story to tell about climate change... gather 'round the campfire and listen. More

In England There Are Cathedrals

September 9th, 2011

Is a lack of vision keeping us from tackling what could be the planet’s biggest challenge—climate change? Conservancy scientist Mark Spalding muses on the past, and what we can learn from it. More

Climate Change: A Slender Hope

June 17th, 2011

The headlines about climate change are scary and discouraging -- but are they the whole story? Conservancy scientist Mark Spalding says: Let's not give up before we start. More

Why I’m Hopeful We Can Save the Oceans

March 8th, 2011

Marine scientist Mark Spalding sometimes gets down about the future of the oceans. Find out why the Conservancy has him riding a new wave of optimism. More

Environmentalism: Rational or Romantic?

January 20th, 2011

Environmentalists are all bottom-line these days about the hard-number value of nature, says Mark Spalding. But doesn't that ignore the nature romantic in all of us? More

Take the Plunge, Environmentalists!

December 7th, 2010

Environmentalists keep talking to and writing for each other, says Conservancy marine scientist Mark Spalding, like penguins afraid to jump off their ice-floe and communicate with others. More

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