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The major problems facing the ocean stem from putting too much of some things in (heat, pollution, carbon dioxide, noise) and taking too much of some other things out (seafood and other extractable resources).  These imbalances are all expressions of the ultimate problem of unsustainable development linked to overpopulation. They present difficult challenges that will require all the creativity of scientists, conservationists and the public to solve if the oceans are to avoid decimation within our lifetimes or those of our children.  

Reef near Isla Mujeres, Quintana Roo, Mexico

These problems matter because there are still so many wonderful things to be discovered and incredibly special places that need to be conserved.   Dr. Dove devotes considerable effort to the search for new discoveries about species and ecosystems that deserve concerted conservation efforts, and then works with partners and stakeholders to translate those findings into conservation solutions.

Recently, Dr. Dove has become an active participant in the national and international dialogue about plastic pollution in the ocean, working with others in the NGO community as well as government agencies and industry representatives to craft creative solutions to what is rapidly becoming the “challenge of a generation”