CAMBRIDGE, MA, January 15, 2018 — Marquis Who's Who, the world's premier publisher of biographical profiles, is proud to present Ronald “Rob” B. Moir Jr., PhD, with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award. An accomplished listee, Dr. Moir celebrates many years' experience in his professional network, and has been noted for achievements, leadership qualities, and the credentials and successes he has accrued in his field. As in all Marquis Who's Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.
Experienced in ecosystem-based resource management, Dr. Moir coordinates with local groups to help save the environment. By working diligently to maintain a network of Ocean River Institute partners, connecting them with resources and services to maximize their impact, he is an educator, scientist, and activist with a proven history in institutional management and marine policy success. Notably, the Ocean River Institute provides individuals around the world with specific opportunities to make a difference saving wildlife and protecting ecosystems, in environmental education, science, and conservation.
Dr. Moir's expertise lies in working with support services for environmental groups, citizen science training and support, environmental monitoring, survey and assessment, collaborative ecosystem-based management, bio-regional planning and management, and ecosystem and wildlife stewardship. A leader of the citizen science efforts to clean up Salem Sound and Boston Harbor, Dr. Moir intends to further engage individuals and families as eco-stewards to create sanitary and healthy environments and attain a better quality of life for humans and wildlife. He would also like to see an increased responsible stewardship of natural resources by local, regional and national governments, including in oceans, rivers, and watersheds.
In addition to serving with various advocacy organizations in the past as president, including the Salem Sound Harbor Monitors, the Salem Sound Coastwatch, and Save the Harbor/Save the Bay, Dr. Moir was also a curator of natural history at The Peabody Essex Museum, curator of education at the New England Aquarium, and executive director of The Discovery Museum. He was also an advisory councilman for both the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary and the Boston Harbor Islands National Park Area. Furthermore, from 1979 to 1980, he was the first assistant scientist to work consecutive voyages on the R/V Westward with the Sea Education Association.
Dr. Moir holds a BA in Natural Science from Hampshire College, an MS in Teaching from Antioch University, a PhD in Environmental Studies from Antioch University, and a certification in ecology through The Marine Biological Laboratory. During his career, he received a Switzer Environmental Fellowship granted by the Robert & Patricia Switzer Foundation, a James Centorino Award for Distinguished Performance in Marine Education by the National Marine Educators Association, and a Rockefeller Brothers Fund Award for the Development of a College Course on Cetacean Biology, Ecology, and Conservation. The climax of Dr. Moir's career, however, was the Seamount Guardians and Deep Sea Canyon Rangers program at the Ocean River Institute. This began when Dr. Moir was curator of natural history, he led a three-day sperm whale watch to the deep sea canyon 140 miles SE of Nantucket. First whale found was dead floating on the water killed by a ship strike. The need for responsible ocean management was clear. Dr. Moir began locally with Salem Sound 2000. He brought local, regional, and national communities together to demand better ocean management. Collaborating with many others, they got results with government actions that included the Massachusetts Ocean Planning Act (2008), the National Ocean Policy (2010), and the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument (2016), including the canyon where the dead whale had been found thirty years prior. The Ocean River Institute's Seamount Guardians and Canyon Rangers are monitoring, educating and protecting the marine national monument in five ways.
1. Seamount Guardians defend the seamounts from the solar cell industry's stated interests in mountain-top removal mineral mining with remotely operated submersibles of the ferromanganese crust for tellurium because plundering next to the world's greatest fishery is more profitable than buying from China.
2. Savvy folks monitor and block the permitting of oil and gas leasing requested by many big oil companies to explore and drill Lydonia Canyon, one of the three canyons in the Marine National Monument.
3. Canyon Rangers work with the fishing industry to prevent fixed-gear entanglements, mid-water trawling bycatch, overfishing of forage fish: squid, mackerel and whiting, and destruction of ancient deep water coldwater corals.
4. Citizen scientists remotely monitor the surfacing and diving of whales in relation to ship traffic – to require ships to slow to ten knots with attentive lookouts in the presence of whales, or not steam through the Marine National Monument.
5. Citizen oceanographers monitor the Atlantic Ocean's absorption of heat from global warming, indicated by increasing volume of shelf waters with decreasing volume of surface waters, by recording thermoclines that track the shifting boundaries between Surface Water and Shelf Water. Is the vertical mixing of seawater caused by sperm whales diving thousands of feet ten to twenty-four times a day increasing the ocean's ability to take up atmospheric heat? If yes, than whales are helping to slow the warming effects of climate change.
In recognition of outstanding contributions to his profession and the Marquis Who's Who community, Rob Moir, PhD, has been featured on the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement website. Please visit www.ltachievers.com for more information about this honor.
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