Emily Pidgeon

Vice President, Ocean Science And Innovation, Conservation International

Dr. Emily Pidgeon is the Vice President of Ocean Science and Innovation at Conservation International. Dr. Pidgeonleads institutional programs integrating ocean science and research with effective conservation strategies and field implementation globally. This has included a particular focus on the impacts of climate change on coastal and ocean communities and environments. She leads the Blue Carbon Initiative - a global partnership focused on recognizing the carbon and other values of coastal ecosystems and increasing conservation and restoration of these coastal ecosystems. Dr Pidgeon is co-chair of the International Blue Carbon Scientific Working Group and has lead implementation of blue carbon conservation in priority countries globally. Dr. Pidgeon has a broad background in marine and coastal science and engineering. Prior to joining Conservation International, she was a coastal oceanographer at Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Dr. Pidgeon holds a Ph.D. in civil and environmental engineering from Stanford University.

Podcast Guest Appearances

Blue Carbon: Sinking it in The Sea

When most of us think about using nature to remove carbon dioxide from the air, we think of trees. Yet blue carbon, a new name for storing carbon dioxide in coastal and marine ecosystems where it can no longer trap heat in our atmosphere, may have even greater potential. Salt marshes and mangroves have carbon-capturing capacity that may surpass that of terrestrial forests and they are found on every continent except Antarctica.