Nancy Knowlton has devoted her life to studying, celebrating, and striving to protect the multitude of life-forms that call the sea home. She grew up roaming the shores of Long Island Sound, and her research has taken her to coral reefs around the world. She is the Sant Chair for Marine Science and Editor-in-Chief of the Ocean Portal (http://ocean.si.edu) at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History. She also founded the Center for Marine Biodiversity and Conservation at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography of the University of California, San Diego. In recognition of her scientific contributions benefiting the environment, she won the Peter Benchley Award in 2009 and the Heinz Award in 2011. In 2013 she was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and to the National Academy of Sciences. She lives with her husband in Washington, D.C. and Brooksville, Maine.