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Rob Moir, Ph.D., President and Executive Director

Who is Rob Moir, an interview with Worldwide Broadcasting December 2016

Dr. Moir is recognized by Continental Who’s Who February 7, 2017 

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Rob Moir, President and Executive Director of the Ocean River Institute

Dr. Moir is an educator, scientist, and activist with a proven history of institutional management and marine policy success. Dr. Moir has been a leader of citizen science and efforts to clean up Salem Sound and Boston Harbor, as president of the advocacy organizations Salem Sound Harbor Monitors, Salem Sound 2000 and later Save the Harbor/Save the Bay, and through his appointment by the Secretary of Interior to the Boston Harbor Islands Partnership. He was formerly Curator of Natural History at the Peabody Essex Museum, Curator of Education at the New England Aquarium and Executive Director of the Discovery Museums in Acton, Massachusetts. Dr. Moir was awarded a Switzer Environmental Fellowship from the Robert & Patricia Switzer Foundation, and the James Centorino Award for Distinguished Performance in Marine Education by the National Marine Educators Association, which he also served as president. He was Sea Education Association’s first assistant scientist contracted for multiple voyages of the R.V. Westward in 1979 and 1980 W45, W49, W50, W52, and W53, a major gifts officer for his alma mater, Hampshire College and served on the Board of Trustees of his alma mater, Cambridge School of Weston. Dr. Moir has a Ph.D. in Environmental Studies and a Masters of Science and Teaching from Antioch New England Graduate School in Keene, New Hampshire and certificate of studies from the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole.

Doodlebugs to Windward, Saving Fish and Fishing Communities by Rob Moir, Summer 2014 Flotsam & Jetsam Vol. 43, No. 1, Massachusetts Marine Educators.

2016, Rob Moir of the Ocean River Institute Named a Top Environmental Steward  www.bestenvironmentalorganization.com

“Distinguished individuals making a global impact,” Rob Moir recipient of the 2015 Worldwide Humanitarian Award

Rob Moir, Ph.D., is Honored for Promoting Environmental Stewardship and Preservation



Ryan Czekanski-Moir, Education Manager

Ryan Czekanski-MoirRyan Czekanski-Moir is Education Manager for the Ocean River Institute.  You may have met Ryan at ORI events, working our table at festivals, or in Washington attending a National Marine Sanctuary Foundation dinner in Bermuda shorts and Great Gatsby jacket.  Ryan has been working for ORI for nine years.  Ryan curates ORI’s display window by the Mt Auburn Post Office in Harvard Square.  Ryan is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts, Boston, where he studied Art History and assisted with putting together art exhibits at the U. Mass Art Gallery.  Ryan has completed academic studies at Hampshire College and Merrimack College, and spent a summer in Prague, the Czech Republic, studying history, culture and politics at Charles University.  Ryan enjoys mountain climbing, skiing, kayaking, and sailing, often with his Dad, Rob Moir.

Michela Grunebaum, Summer InternMichela Grunebaum photo

Michela Grunebaum is an environmental studies major at the Rubenstein School of Natural Resource and the Environment at the University of Vermont.  Michela graduated from Cambridge Ridge and Latin.  Late spring, Michela worked for the Climate Action Business Association in Boston.  Michela has also worked for Jacks Lab at Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research at MIT

Noa Randall, Spring Intern    Noa Randall

Noa Randall graduated from Cambridge Rindge and Latin School in Massachusetts last spring. Noa is currently interning at the Ocean River Institute and will attend Smith College in the fall.  During the summer of 2013, Noa spent three weeks in California with the Sea Education Association Summer Program for High School Students. Ten days were aboard the SSV Robert C. Seamans sailing ship and ten days were on the shores of Catalina Island at the USC Wrigley Institute.

Jay Baldwin, Treasurer

Mr. Baldwin is a green industry investor and strategic adviser focusing primarily on commercial building products and services. Working from Wind River Capital Partners in Cambridge, which he formed in 1993, he provides private equity and merchant banking services and is involved in regional angel investment organizations. He serves on several Boards/Advisory Boards, including Mr. Auburn Hospital (Overseer), GreenOrder, Institution Recycling Network, Charles River Conservancy and Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2).

James L. Elder, LL.D., Clerk

Dr. Elder is a leading authority on environmental education, with three decades of experience in founding and managing creative organizations that seek to advance environmental literacy. He found The School for Field Studies in 1980, now one of the largest environmental education programs in the country. He recently co-founded a national alliance of the thirty leading environmental education organizations (the Campaign for Environmental Literacy) to advance environmental education policy on the national level. He serves on several Boards, including the Cloud Institute for Sustainability Education, the Loreto Bay Community Foundation, Second Nature, and the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education.