Edie Widder, Ph.D., is the CEO and Senior Scientist at the Ocean Research & Conservation Association (www.TeamORCA.org), a not-for-profit she helped found in 2005 to help save the ocean she has spent most of her career exploring.
Edie’s career in deep-sea exploration has brought her wide acclaim. In 2012 she captured the first video of the giant squid Architeuthis filmed in the deep sea using a stealth camera of her own design. In 2019 she repeated the feat, filming a giant squid in the Gulf of Mexico. Her deep-sea research has been featured in BBC, PBS, Discovery Channel, and National Geographic television productions. In 2018 she stood beside Astronaut Jim Lovell and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos at the Explorers Club in New York to receive the prestigious Citation of Merit for outstanding exploration. In 2020, it was announced that she is to receive the inaugural Captain Don Walsh Award for Ocean Exploration from the Marine Technology Society and the Society for Underwater Technology recognizing her outstanding, sustained, international contribution to the advancement of ocean exploration. In 2021, Edie released her memoir Below the Edge of Darkness: A Memoir of Exploring Light and Life in the Deep Sea.
Since founding ORCA, she has focused on results-oriented, science-based solutions to ocean conservation challenges for which she was awarded a MacArthur genius grant in 2008. She has focused her passion for saving the ocean into determining what is needed to preserve and protect the ocean’s most precious real estate – its nurseries – and is currently focused on developing a citizen science center inspiring the next generation of ocean stewards and ocean explorers.
Q&A to be moderated by GMGI Donald G. Comb Science Director Andrea Bodnar.