Blue Whale Gala


The Blue Whale Gala honors world-renowned environmental heroes who have made significant contributions to the fields dedicated to ocean conservation, scientific pursuit, and to creating a more sustainable future.

We are proud to honor Marcia McNutt and Peter Kareiva with the 2017 Ocean Conservation Award.

Marcia McNuttMarcia McNutt is president of the National Academy of Sciences. She began her career as a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her other positions have included professor at Stanford University, president and CEO of the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, director of the U.S. Geological Survey, and editor-in-chief of the Science family of journals. She is one of the world’s leading geophysicists. McNutt holds a bachelor of arts degree in physics from Colorado College, a Ph.D. in earth sciences from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and honorary degrees from Colorado College, the University of Minnesota, Monmouth University, and the Colorado School of Mines. She has published more than 100 peer-reviewed scientific articles. McNutt is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Peter KareivaPeter Kareiva is director of UCLA’s Institute of the Environment and Sustainability. Before coming to UCLA, Kareiva was the chief scientist and vice president of The Nature Conservancy, director of Conservation Biology at NOAA’s Northwest Fisheries Science Center, and held faculty positions at the University of Washington and Brown University. Kareiva received a master of science degree in environmental biology from the University of California, Irvine, and his Ph.D. in ecology and evolutionary biology from Cornell University. He is one of the world’s most distinguished and iconic ecologists. He is the author of more than 150 scientific publications and author or editor of eight books. Kareiva is a fellow of the American Academy of the Arts and Sciences and a member of the National Academy of Sciences.