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

Rob 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.

Prior to founding the Ocean River Institute, he was Curator of Natural History at the Peabody Essex Museum, founder of the first bioregional management collaborative organization, Salem Sound Coastwatch, established The James Baldwin Scholars Program at Hampshire College, where he worked as a major gifts officer, Curator of Education at the New England Aquarium, Executive Director of the Discovery Museums in Acton, Massachusetts, and President of the National Marine Educators Association.

Dr. Moir is the recipient of several awards, including the Albert Nelson Marquis Who’s Who Lifetime Achievement Award, several Distinguished Worldwide Humanitarian Awards, “Top 101 Industry Experts” and Professional of the Year by Who’s Who Publishers (2015, 2014, 2011), 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. He was also the first assistant scientist at the Sea Education Association for multiple voyages of the R.V. Westward in 1979 and 1980 W45, W49, W50, W52, and W53.

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. a B.A. from Hampshire College, and certificates of studies from the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole and the USC Wrigley Institute on Catalina Island.

Rob Moir, featured professional by Marquis Who’s Who Insight! magazine 2020

Rob Moir Works to Safeguard the Environment through the Ocean River Institute in Concert with Other Organizations by Marquis Who’s Who Moderator on May 31, 2019.  Click here to listen to broadcast and for more information.

Featured Winter 2020, Who’s Who Newsletter, The Natural Lawns for Climate Restoration Challenge capturing more carbon with healthy lawns and soils.  

The Wall Street Journal, October 10, 2018, recognized Rob Moir recipient of the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award in a quarter page piece. WSJ 15K Moir COMPLETE


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

Fall 2017 Bio, Recipient of the Marquis Who’s Who Lifetime Achievement Award

“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

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 founded 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.1 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.

  1. Educating for a sustainable future
  2. Campaign for Environmental Literacy