Mary Turnipseed

Mary Turnipseed

Program Officer, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation

PhD '11

Mary has dedicated her career to advancing the stewardship of the ocean for current and future generations. Prior to joining the foundation, she was a postdoctoral researcher at the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis at U.C. Santa Barbara. At Duke, she completed a dissertation on the legal and policy case for extending the public trust doctrine to cover the entirety of U.S. ocean waters. Much of her early training was attained on research vessels in the Atlantic and Southern Oceans and through working for Blue Ocean Institute (now called The Safina Center) in New York.

Mary holds a Ph.D. in ecology from Duke, an M.A. in biology from the College of William and Mary, and a B.S. in biology from Haverford College. Her scientific and policy publications can be found here.

"I could not have enjoyed more the opportunity to learn from the incredible ecologists at the Nicholas School. Among the many classes I loved, I will never forget Norm Christensen's walking us through the geologic and recent history of the Duke Forest."