Wallace J. Nichols, PhD
Wallace “J.” Nichols spends his time discovering nature. He spent his youth exploring oceans and forests, as well as his own family history, resulting in a fascination for genetics and animal migration, and also human culture and conservation. These have been the topics of his undergraduate studies at DePauw University, graduate studies at Duke University and University of Arizona, his academic research as a Fulbright Fellow and as a research associate at the California Academy of Sciences.
Currently, J. works with several universities and organizations to advance ocean protection, including as a Senior Research Scientist at the Ocean Conservancy, Research Associate at California Academy of Sciences, Conservation Science Advisor for ProPeninsula, on a global bycatch study with Duke University and Blue Ocean Institute, and as a board member of Animal Alliance, Coastwalk, Drylands Institute, Oceana and Reef Protection International. He is also spearheading the Ocean Revolution, a program that inspires, involves and mentors the next generation of ocean conservation leaders.
In 1999 he co-founded WILDCOAST, an international conservation team dedicated to the protection of coastal wilderness initially focused on Baja, Mexico. J. originally shared office space with Save The Waves founder Will Henry, and WILDCOAST became an incubator for Save The Waves in its initial years. J. has served as an advisor to the organization ever since.