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Elite American Executives – Rob Moir

Rob Moir, Ph.D., is recognized by Elite American Executives for his expertise and leadership in ecosystem-based resource management.

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

Cambridge, Massachusetts | November 5, 2010 | Rob Moir, Ph.D., executive director of Ocean River Institute, has been recognized by Elite American Executives for his expertise and leadership in ecosystem-based resource management.

As the CEO of a non-profit 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 the environment, 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 over 35 year career to his passion for protecting the environment. 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 environmental qualities of the region. This collaborative group re-named a portion of the Massachusetts Bay “Salem Sound” and brought together five municipalities.  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 been a leader of 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 R.V. 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 Dialogs, 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.

A graduate of Antioch University New England, Dr. Moir earned his Ph.D. in Environmental Studies in 2002 and his Master’s of Science in Teaching in 1979. He also attended Hampshire College where he graduated in 1977 with his Bachelor’s of Arts in Natural Science. Dr. Moir holds a certification in Ecology from the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Massachusetts. He is an active member the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary and Boston Harbor Island’s National Park Service Advisory Committees. He is the co-founder of Ocean Champions, Board of Trustees for the Cambridge School of Weston, and a former member of the Association of Youth Museums. Dr. Moir has received numerous honors for his dedication and hard work in his profession, including Switzer Environmental Fellowship from Robert & Patricia Switzer Foundation in 1996, James Centorino Award for Distinguished Performance in Marine Education from the National Marine Educators Association in 1988, and the Rockefeller Brothers Fund Award for the Development of a College Course on Cetacean Biology, Ecology and Conservation in 1976.

For more information about Dr. Moir’s current work and Ocean River Institute, please visit their website at www.oceanriver.org.