National Geographic Emerging Explorer

Tierney Thys

Stories of Hope
From The Sea

Tierney is ardent ocean scientist, conservationist, media producer and National Geographic Emerging Explorer. After receiving her PhD studying fish biomechanics, she became enthralled with the power of film to teach science and convey conservation messages.

Tierney Thys

Biography

Tierney is ardent ocean scientist, conservationist, media producer and National Geographic Emerging Explorer. After receiving her PhD studying fish biomechanics at Duke University in the United States, she became enthralled with the power of film to teach science and convey conservation messages. As Director of Research at Sea Studios Foundation in California, she made films for National Geographic Television for more than ten years. Her film and outreach projects included the 8 hour Shape of Life series, and 6 hour Strange Days on Planet Earth project which garnered the environmental Oscar at the Wildscreen Festival in Bristol, England.

She has led and served as an expert on numerous expeditions around the world from Alaska to Antarctica, Bali to Baja, Taiwan to South Africa. Founder of the Adopt a Sunfish Project dedicated to researching and conserving the giant ocean sunfishes, she has tagged giant sunfish around the world as a member of the Census of Marine Life-the largest oceanographic project in the history of humanity.

Tierney’s work has been featured in numerous documentaries by National Geographic, NHK, BBC and German Television. She recently helped create the National Geographic Student Expedition in Monterey Bay for high-school students and also teaches science, outdoor education and music to preschoolers in Monterey County, California.

…believes we need to tap all our creative talents to help conserve our vital ocean resources.

Tierney believes we need to tap all our creative talents to help conserve our vital ocean resources. With this in mind, she consults and works closely with photographers, dancers, writers, filmmakers and other artists to help infuse quality science and conservation messaging into their work. Recent collaborations include photographer Chris Jordan’s Running the Numbers series and the upcoming Ocean Project with San Francisco’s Capacitor dance troupe. She serves on the braintrust of the acclaimed Technology, Entertainment and Design conference ted.com and on the science advisory board of the Plastic Pollution Coalition ppc.org.

Currently she is working with National Geographic Kids Entertainment to build a national movement in the United States encouraging and inspiring preschoolers and their parents to get outdoors, engage in the natural world and become the next generation of planetary stewards.

Website: National Geographic