Dr. Michael Hirschfield
Where I work
Dr. Michael Hirshfield is senior vice president for North America and chief scientist at Oceana, the largest international organization focused solely on ocean conservation. In this position, Dr. Hirshfield is responsible for overseeing Oceana’s advocacy campaigns and activities in North America, as well as ensuring that Oceana’s policy advocacy is solidly based on the latest scientific information. From 1996 to
2001, he was vice president for resource protection at the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF), where he led CBF’s advocacy efforts aimed at stopping pollution, protecting and restoring habitat, and increasing fish populations.
Dr. Hirshfield has broad experience in a variety of scientific, technical and policy areas, in particular marine biology, fisheries management, ecosystem-based management, nutrient and toxics pollution, and estuarine ecology.
From 1995 until mid-1996, Dr. Hirshfield was director of the Ecosystem Protection Program at the Center for Marine Conservation in Washington, D.C. From 1990 to 1994, he was the senior science advisor at
CBF. Before joining CBF in 1990, Dr, Hirshfield was with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources for seven years. Prior to working for the state of Maryland, he was director of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia's Estuarine Research Laboratory in Benedict, Md. He received a Ph.D. in Zoology from the University of Michigan in 1977 and an A.B. from Princeton University in 1970.