Pristine Seas

Our Team

Pristine Seas is made up of a unique team of scientists, conservationists, filmmakers, and communication and policy experts working together to help protect the world’s ocean.


National Geographic Explorer in Residence and Executive Director, Pristine Seas

Enric Sala

Enric Sala is a former university professor who saw himself writing the obituary of ocean life, and quit academia in 2008 to become a full-time conservationist as National Geographic Explorer in Residence. He founded and leads National Geographic Pristine Seas, a project that combines exploration, research, media, economics and policy – working with local communities, Indigenous Peoples and governments to protect vital places in the ocean. To date, Pristine Seas has helped to create 26 of the largest marine reserves on the planet, covering an area of over 6.5 million square km. Enric has received numerous awards, including 2008 World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leader, 2013 Explorers Club Lowell Thomas Award, 2018 Heinz Award in Public Policy, National Geographic Hubbard Medal, Albert I Grand Medal, and Officer of the Order of San Carlos of Colombia. He is a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.

Business Operations

Sam Mandl
Operations Manager
Katherine Warren
Siena Inaba
Payments Coordinator


Paul Rose
Head of Expeditions
Sydney McDonald
Manager, Expeditions
Ryan Jenksinson
Director, Expeditions
Doug Simpson
Field Operations Specialist
Mike Barnaby
Field Specialist
Keiron Fraser
Expedition Leader


Lindsay Young
VP of Research
Whitney Goodell
Marine Ecologist
Alan Friedlander
Senior Marine Researcher
Molly Timmers
Marine Ecologist
Kike Ballesteros
Marine Ecologist
Kat Millage
Marine Researcher
Juan Mayorga
Marine Scientist
Chris Thompson
Marine Ecologist


Scott Ressler
Executive Producer
Brian Newell
Senior Editor
Christian Partenio
Assistant Editor
David Taylor
Associate Producer
Manu San Félix
Underwater Cinematographer
Steven Spence
Producer II
Liz Flamenbaum
Production Manager
Hamza Kiyani
Associate Producer
Jon Betz
Producer/Director of Photography
Sam Deleon
Melanie Lippert
Associate Producer
Alex Verville
Senior Producer
Tess Goldhagen
Mary Nail
Assistant Editor


Dan Myers
Chief of Staff
Jenny Miller
Program Manager
Kevin Chand
Senior Director, Pacific Ocean Policy
Courtney Lorey
Program Specialist
Mia Rimon
Melanesia Policy Lead
Taholo Kami
Pacific Strategy Consultant


Kirsten Weymouth
Senior Communications Director
Sara Sheehy
Social Media Manager
Jenelle Eli
Senior Director, Communications
Emily Pitts
Senior Manager, Strategic Communications
Emily Kelly
Manager, Strategic Communications


Jennifer Dill
Director & Associate General Counsel

NGS Education

Chris Hines
Strategic Partnerships Director
Anastasia Cronin
Senior Director, Explorer-Education Connections
Juthapathra Dechanupong
Explorer-Education Connection Manager

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