Dr. Lance Morgan (California, USA) is a marine biologist and president of Marine Conservation Institute. As president he oversees their largest initiatives, the Global Ocean Refuge System and the Atlas of Marine Protection – MPAtlas.org. Growing up as a son of a US Navy submarine captain, Lance learned about and became deeply committed to conserving our living oceans while living in California, Hawaii and Washington. Lance received his Master’s in Marine Science from San Francisco State University. His doctoral research explored factors influencing recruitment of marine invertebrates, for which he received his PhD in Ecology from the University of California-Davis (1997). His research interests range from zoology to conservation science and he has studied taxa as diverse as deep-sea corals, rockfishes, seabirds and marine mammals. He has explored the ocean as a SCUBA diver, aquanaut and submersible pilot, participating in DeepWorker surveys of deep-sea corals in British Columbia waters. In addition to serving on the High Seas Alliance steering committee, Lance is currently Chairman of the Deep Sea Conservation Coalition, member of the Hope Spot science council and holds a research faculty appointment at Bodega Marine Laboratory in Sonoma, California.