Enric Sala

National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence

Dr. Enric Sala is a marine ecologist who fell in love with the sea growing up on the Mediterranean coast of Spain. After obtaining a Ph.D. in ecology from the University of Aix-Marseille, France, Sala moved to the United States for ten years, where he was a professor at Scripps Institution of Oceanography. In 2006, Enric moved back to Spain to hold the first position on marine conservation ecology at the Spanish National Council for Scientific Research (CSIC), and in 2008 he became a National Geographic Fellow. Recently named a National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence, he is currently one of the leaders of National Geographic's Mission Blue program, a global marine conservation initiative.