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Making science entertaining and relevant to all audiences and creating strategies for effective communication.

From popular science and children’s books to appearances on television and speaking engagements, Earth2Ocean’s President Dr. Ellen Prager is dedicated to bringing earth and ocean science to the public.


Dr. Ellen Prager
President, Earth2Ocean, Inc
pragere@earthlink.net

Dr. Prager is a well-respected marine scientist and author, widely recognized for her expertise and ability to bring science to the layperson. She is formerly the chief scientist for the Aquarius Reef Base program in Key Largo, FL, which includes the world’s only undersea research station, and a freelance writer and consultant for clients such as the world-renowned Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science at the University of Miami, the President’s U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy, Microsoft Research, and Celebrity Cruise Lines. Dr. Prager has built a national reputation as a scientist and spokesperson on earth and ocean science issues and is a sought after speaker for public-oriented events and as an expert by the media. She has appeared on The Today Show and NBC News, Good Morning America, Fox News, CBS Early Show and News, CNN American Morning, Larry King, and The Weather Channel. Dr. Prager was also featured in an ABC News Special Planet Earth, Miami’s NBC EcoWatch Coral Crisis, and has been in shows for the Discovery Channel.

Dr. Prager focuses much of her time on bringing earth and ocean science to the public through writing, working with the media, creating innovative partnerships, and special events. About her book, published by the University of Chicago Press, Chasing Science at Sea: Racing hurricanes, stalking sharks, and living undersea with ocean experts, a reviewer wrote “As an unorthodox handbook for would-be ocean scientists, this title is invaluable”. She has written articles for scientific journals, public-oriented magazines, and several other books including The Oceans published by McGraw-Hill and Volcano: Iceland’s Inferno and Earth’s Most Active Volcanoes with the National Geographic Society. Comments on The Oceans have been superb – Jean-Michel Cousteau describes it as a “must have” for all those interested in the oceans. Dr. Prager has also published a series of children’s books with the National Geographic Society, the first SAND received the 2000 Parents Choice Award, Volcano was released in September 2001 and Earthquakes in March of 2002. She has also published a children’s fiction novel, Adventure on Dolphin Island. Her newest book, Sex, Drugs, and Sea Slime: The Oceans’ Oddest Creatures and Why They Matter, will be released in March 2011 and takes an entertaining look at marine biodiversity, its relevance to the average person, and why ocean life and resources are now at risk.

Dr. Prager has participated in research expeditions to places such as the Galapagos Islands, Papua New Guinea, Caribbean, Bahamas, and the deep waters of the Florida Reef tract. She obtained a BA from Wesleyan University, Connecticut, a MS from the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, and in 1992, a PhD from Louisiana State University.

In 1992, as a faculty scientist at Sea Education Association (SEA) in Woods Hole, MA, Dr. Prager taught oceanography to undergraduates, teachers, and senior citizens in a unique educational program in which classroom learning is supplemented by extensive hands-on experience at sea aboard tall sailing ships. She left SEA in 1995 to become the resident director of the National Undersea Research Center in the Bahamas. In 1997, she joined the U.S. Geological Survey where she split her time between scientific research in marine geology, oceanography, and coral reefs and public education. During 1998, the International Year of the Ocean (YOTO), Dr. Prager co-chaired the subcommittee on research, exploration, and education for the National Ocean Conference presided by the President and Vice President. In 2000, she became the Assistant Dean at the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science; she remains an adjunct faculty member at the school. She is also a frequently requested speaker for a wide variety of audiences. Dr. Prager was a member and then Chairman of the Ocean Research and Resources Advisory Panel for the federal government and was hired by the U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy to help write their report to Congress and the President. She continues to focus her efforts on developing innovative ways to share her passion for the oceans and the environment with others.

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Books and Freelance Writing

 


Popular Science Books:

Sex, Drugs, and Sea Slime: The Oceans’ Oddest Creatures and Why They Matter
(Univ. Chicago Press, 2011) (buy)


Volcano: Iceland’s Inferno and Earth’s Most Active Volcanoes
(National Geographic Society, 2010)

Chasing Science at Sea: Racing hurricanes, stalking sharks, and living undersea with ocean experts. (Learn more | buy)

The Oceans (McGraw-Hill, 2000)

Furious Earth: The Science and Nature of Earthquakes, Volcanoes, and Tsunamis
(McGraw-Hill, 1999)

Children’s Books:
The Restless Earth:Earthquakes and Volcanoes (Chelsea House, 2009)
SAND (National Geographic Society)
Volcanoes (National Geographic Society)
Earthquakes (National Geographic Society)
Adventure on Dolphin Island
(Learn more  • buy)

Books are available through amazon.com or major bookstores.

Other Popular Press Writings:

Science and Entertainment: A Much Needed Hybrid. Univ. Chicago Press Blog, 2011

Volcano: Iceland's Inferno and Earth's Most Active Volcanoes. National Geographic Society, 2010

The Age of Aquarius. The Reef Tank, www.thereeftank.com, 2009

Fantasy or Fiction: Waking Up to the Public's Lack of Understanding. Oceanography. 2008.
The Oceanography Society. v21 (3):66-73.

NOAA’s Aquarius Reef Base: Looking back and thinking ahead. Sea Technology.

Red Tide and Your Health. Ngoodhealth Magazine.

Science and the Environment: The Challenges of Reaching the Public. Environmental News Network, Guest Commentary. ENN.com.

The Mysterious Ocean: The Final Frontier. Explore, In-cabin magazine, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines.

Navigating the Ocean’s Unmarked Highways. Explore, In-cabin magazine, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines.

Ocean Business: Future Success or Bankruptcy? Gulfshore Business.

Sleeping with the Fishes. Gulfshore Life.

Our Ocean Future: Potential Wealth, Immense Challenge, Naples Chamber of Commerce Newsletter.

The Oceans: Who’s Minding The Store?. Aqualife Magazine.

The Big Business of Fish. Gulfshore Business.

The Dreaded Visitor (Red Tide). Gulfshore Business.

Why the Ocean Matters. Explore, In-cabin magazine, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines.

Secrets of the Sea. bi-weekly column. WTVJ/NBC 6 EcoWatch, www.nbc6.net.
How do squid and octopuses change color? Scientific American.

A full publication list, including scientific journal articles is available upon request.

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Speaking

Dr. Prager is available to speak on a variety of earth and ocean topics for public, education, science, business, media, and policy forums. She is particularly adept at making science fun, interesting, understandable, and relevant for people of all ages and education backgrounds.

Recent Presentations, Media Interviews, and Book Signings:

Wesleyan University, Sex, Drugs, and Sea Slime, May 2011

University of Miami, Sex, Drugs, and Sea Slime, May 2011

REEF, Key Largo, FL Sex, Drugs, and Sea Slime, May 2011

National Ocean Science Bowl Finals, Dinner Speaker, Galveston, TX, April 2011

NPR Fresh Air, CBC Quirks and Quarks, Sex, Drugs, and Sea Slime release, April/May 2011

The Today Show, MSNBC, Weather Channel, Japan Earthquake and Tsunami, 2011

Hooks and Books, Chasing Science at Sea, Washington, DC June 2010

Radio Tour, Volcanoes, June 2010

Weather Channel, MSNBC, tsunamis 2010

National Geographic TV, Undersea Living, 2010

Cruise Lines International Association, Interview ocean issues, May 2010

Keynote, AAUW Girls in Math and Science, and book signing, February 2010

Miami Museum of Science, Chasing Science at Sea, January 2010

Whitney Lab, Chasing Science at Sea, January 2010

Keynote, Microsoft eScience Conference, October 2009

Changing Seas, PBS, 2009

Scripps Institute Media Summer Trip, Key Largo, June 2009

Keynote, AAUW Girls in Math and Science, February 2010

Miami Museum of Science, Chasing Science at Sea, January 2010

Whitney Lab, Chasing Science at Sea, , January 2010

Keynote, Microsoft eScience Conference, October 2009

Microsoft Annual Research Summit, July 2009

Museum of Science, Miami, June 2009

Scripps Institute Media Summer Trip, Key Largo, June 2009

Science Chicago, May 2009

Keynote, National Ocean Science Bowl Finals, Washington DC, April 2009

Focus Earth, Planet Earth, Interview February, 2009Good Morning America, Aquarius Reef Base and Coral Reefs, August, September 2008

Invited Speaker, Capital Hill Ocean Week, June 2008

Invited Panelist, World Science Festival, New York, May 2008

Invited Speaker, Annual Seminar, Florida Institute of Technology, April 2008

Invited Panelist, Explorers Club Awards Ceremony, New York, March 2008

Speaker, Ocean Sciences Meeting, Orlando, FL March 200

Keynote Speaker, AAUW math and science event, February 2008

Invited Speaker, EcoDiscovery Center Seminar Series, Key West, January 2008

NBC 6, FOX, Discovery, AP, Aquarius Reef Base, 2007

Keynote Speaker, World Oceans Day, Texas State Aquarium, June 2007

Keynote, West Florida National Ocean Science Bowl Competition, February 2007

American Association University Women, Math and Science Program, young girls, February 2007

FOX News, Hawaii earthquake, 2006

Ocean Literacy Conference, Moderator Media Panel, Washington DC, June 2006

Press Conference, Science Panel Cruise Industry and Conservation International, March 2006

Book Look TV, January 2006

Distinguished Speaker, Trinity University, December 2006

Nature Museum, Chicago, October 2006

Monterey Bay Research Institute, Invited Speaker, July 2006

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Television

Available for on-air or behind the scenes consultation on earth, ocean, and environmental topics or events.

Previous appearances on The Today Show, Good Morning America, CBS Early Show, CNN American Morning, Larry King, Lou Dobbs, Fox News, and WTVJ/NBC 6. Readily available for issues related to the ocean, volcanoes, tsunamis, earthquakes, fisheries, sharks, climate, rip currents, coastal erosion, environmental issues, and more. Also providing suggestions to a wide network of colleagues with additional expertise.

 

Consulting

Earth2Ocean provides consulting services to the media, academic, and government sectors on education and outreach, policy, and ocean and earth science issues, as well as strategy for communicating science or related information to a public or targeted audience.

 
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Training

Earth2Ocean can help train scientists or students to work with the media, improve their public speaking skills or develop writing styles and articles for non-technical audiences.

 

Clients

U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy, University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, Celebrity Cruise Lines, StormCenter Communications, Inc., CBS, Inside Edition, WeberShandwick Worldwide, College of Exploration, National Ocean Service/NOAA, University of North Carolina at Wilmington, Walmart, Microsoft Research

 

Contacts

Dr. Ellen Prager
President
Earth2Ocean, Inc.
Miami, FL

E-mail:pragere@earthlink.net

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