More About the Author
Dr. Wallace "J." Nichols is a scientist, wild water advocate, movement maker, New York Times bestselling author, and dad. He works to inspire a deeper connection with nature, sometimes simply by walking and talking, other times through writing or images. Science and knowledge can also stoke our fires. But he knows that what really moves people is feeling part of and touching something bigger than ourselves.
J. is a Research Associate at California Academy of Sciences and co-founder of Ocean Revolution, an international network of young ocean advocates, SEE the WILD, a conservation travel network, Grupo Tortuguero, an international sea turtle conservation network, and LiV.BLUE, a global campaign to reconnect us to our water planet.
He has authored and co-authored more than 50 scientific papers and reports and his work has been broadcast on NPR, BBC, PBS, National Geographic, and Animal Planet and featured in Time, Newsweek, GQ, Outside Magazine, Fast Company, Scientific American, and New Scientist, among others.
Nichols earned his Bachelor's degree in Biology and Spanish from DePauw University, a Master's degree in Environmental Policy and Economics from Duke University's Nicholas School of the Environment, and his PhD in Wildlife Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from the University of Arizona. In 2010 he delivered the commencement address at DePauw University where he also received an honorary doctorate in science.
He advises a motivated group of international graduate students and advises numerous non-profit boards and committees as part of his commitment to building a stronger, more progressive and connected environmental community.
J. lives with his partner Dana, two daughters and some cats, dogs, and chickens on California's SLOWCOAST, a rural stretch of coastal mountains where organic strawberries rule, mountain lions roam, and the motto is "In Slow We Trust".
Lately he is working on Blue Mind Collective, merging the fields of cognitive science and aquatic exploration and applying the result across a range of sectors.
Nichols contributes regularly to the Huffington Post and several other publications.
To contact Dr. Nichols to be a speaker at your event or to organize a Blue Mind workshop, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
"Nichols draws on science and art, hard data and anecdote, and plenty of experience, to explain our blue mind in detail. Not just what it is, but how we can enter into this state and -- perhaps most important -- why we should do so." - Washington Post