[MARMAM] Ocean ethics, and John Reynolds' last work

Wallace, Richard rwallace at ursinus.edu
Sat Sep 21 07:48:37 PDT 2019

Dear Marmam folks,

I thought it would be of general enough interest to the Marmam community to share with you some of the work that John E. Reynolds, III was doing when he passed away in December 2017, and which has just now been published. For those who didn’t know John, he was senior scientist at Mote Marine Laboratory, and long-time chair of the U.S. Marine Mammal Commission and (before that) chair of MMC’s Committee of Scientific Advisors.

John, Sherryl Gilbert, and I were working on an analysis of lessons learned from the Deepwater Horizon disaster, and were in the process of writing it up when he passed. The resulting article, a forum piece in the journal BioScience, is entitled “Improving the integration of restoration and conservation in marine and coastal ecosystems: Lessons from the Deepwater Horizon disaster.” It was published online this week, is open access, and is available here: https://doi.org/10.1093/biosci/biz103.

The paper describes the challenges of learning and applying conservation lessons from the Deepwater Horizon and previous oil industry disasters, and culminates in our joining with the many voices in our community who have long called for an ocean ethic. Though it may seem pie-in-the-sky to pit calls for an “ocean ethic” against the neoliberal forces of oil exploration, John was forever optimistic about soldiering on, despite the odds. We honor and remember him with this publication and hope that it contributes to further consideration of the values and advocacy needed to protect our marine and coastal species and ecosystems.


Rich Wallace


Richard L. Wallace
Professor, Department of Environmental Studies
Co-Director, Whittaker Environmental Research Station
Ursinus College
601 E. Main Street
Collegeville, PA 19426 USA
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