Dr John Nightingale becomes OOE Senior Ocean Science Advisor

We are thrilled to announce that we have recently appointed Dr. John Nightingale as our Senior Ocean Science Advisor. Dr. Nightingale, past President and CEO of Ocean Wise, will contribute over four decades of experience in ocean sciences and public engagement to our growing program. 

Our commitment to ocean health is evident by the inclusion of 120 days of scientific research per year, whereby we hand-select verified and accredited organizations to travel onboard our vessels for scientific research. As we continue to refine onboard educational programming and our commitment to ocean health and literacy, the introduction of our new innovative Ocean Science Committee later this year provides a framework for the expansion of our vision.

Guest onboard viewing microplastic samples. Image by Josh McGarel

“Delivering immersive experiences in remote areas is our speciality. We view increasing awareness, assisting in the development of educational programming and facilitating scientific research as an integral part of creating ambassadors who travel with us,” says Catherine Lawton, General Manager. “Ultimately, protection for these sensitive regions relies on a heightened awareness and appreciation for their continued preservation. We couldn’t be more excited to appoint Dr. Nightingale as our Senior Ocean Science Advisor as we drive these initiatives forward.”

A professional marine biologist and public educator, Dr. Nightingale has led the development of many unique scientific conservation programs. These include the BC Cetacean Sightings Program, the Ocean Wise Arctic Program and the Coastal Ocean Research Institute as well as overseeing operations of the Vancouver Aquarium. Dr. Nightingale is renowned for his focus on engaging people to help kindle interest and curiosity about the ocean in dynamic and compelling ways.

Minke whale tagging in Antarctica. Image by Steve Rose

“I am delighted to be joining One Ocean Expeditions and their team as they provide amazing ocean experiences and facilitate the advancement of ocean science at the same time,” said Dr. Nightingale. “This is an exciting time to be building increased awareness of the rapid changes taking place in oceans worldwide, and to help generate needed scientific knowledge and data concurrently.  I look forward to helping One Ocean Expeditions’ already diverse and highly productive programs produce even more scientific knowledge and reach more people.”


By working directly with our executive management and operations teams, Dr. Nightingale will assist in the stratification and prioritization of integrated scientific research projects onboard our vessels. This new program will join our already remarkable roster of scientific programs such as the annual penguin census with Oceanites, the study of micro-plastics and marine debris with Ocean Wise and the study and research of cetacean behavior and migratory patterns with the California Ocean Alliance. With access to the innovative in-house designed and built scientific laboratory ‘OneLab’ onboard RCGS Resolute, scientists are provided with a clean and functional laboratory space for in-field research.

Dr. Nightingale will be joining us on board our Fins & Fiddles voyage on Canada’s East Coast, July 10th, 2019.