Rob Moir, Ph.D.
Title: President and Executive Director
Company: Ocean River Institute
Location: Cambridge, MA
As the President and Executive Director of a nonprofit environmental organization, Dr. Moir has a proven history of institutional management and marine policy success. He coordinates with local, regional and international groups to help save oceans, rivers and watersheds, and maintains a network of Ocean River Institute partners so he can connect them with resources and services to maximize their impact. An educator, scientist and activist, Dr. Moir attributes his success to his collaborative leadership and organizational management skills. He has dedicated his more than 40-year career to his passion for protecting clean water and healthy ecosystems. With a variety of accomplishments throughout his career, his greatest highlight was initiating bioregional and ecosystem-based collaborative management, an engaged constituency of citizens, scientists, and eco-savvy residents to improve the life-qualities of specific places. He made known a portion on the north shore of the Massachusetts Bay as “Salem Sound,” and brought together six municipalities to manage in concert. He also led a successful initiative to educate and broaden a constituency in Massachusetts supportive of comprehensive area-based management of state coastal waters.
Dr. Moir has lead efforts to clean up Salem Sound and Boston Harbor and is the former president of various advocacy organizations, including Salem Sound Harbor Monitors, Salem Sound 2000, and Save the Harbor/Save the Bay. He was a curator of natural history at the Peabody Essex Museum, a curator of education at the New England Aquarium, and an executive director of the Discovery Museums in Acton, MA. He was Sea Education Association’s first assistant scientist to work consecutive voyages aboard the Research Vessel Westward in 1979 and 1980. In order to attain a better quality of life for humans and wildlife, Dr. Moir hosts an internet talk podcast free on iTunes: Moir’s Environmental Dialogues, Ocean River Shields of Achilles. Dr. Moir intends to further engage citizens and families as eco-stewards to create clean and healthy environments. He also hopes to see an increase in responsible regulations by the government to help manage natural resources, including oceans, rivers and watersheds. Read the rest of this entry »