Dr Wallace J. Nichols


Blue Mind

A ground breaking conversation surrounding Blue Mind, a New York Times Best Seller by author Wallace J. Nichols, on the remarkable truth about the benefits of being in, on, under or simply near water. Combining cutting edge research with compelling personal stories, Dr. Nichols shows how proximity to water can improve performance, increase calm, diminish anxiety, and increase professional success. Blue Mind not only illustrates the crucial importance of our connection to water - it provides a paradigm shifting ‘blueprint’ for a better life.


Go Deeper: The Seven Ages of Water

Dr. Nichols will lead an interactive discussion of the Seven Ages of Water taking the Blue Mind conversation even deeper.

Dr. Wallace J. Nichols

Dr. Wallace “J.” Nichols is a scientist, wild water advocate, movement-maker, New York Times bestselling author, and dad. His research and expeditions have taken him to coasts and waterways across North, Central and South America, to Asia, Africa, Australia, and Europe. This is what keeps his colleagues and collaborators working hard to understand and restore our blue planet. J. is a Research Associate at California Academy of Sciences and co-founder of Ocean Revolution, an international network of young ocean advocates, SEE the WILD, a conservation travel network, Grupo Tortuguero, an international sea turtle conservation network, and Blue Mind Fund, reconnecting people to water. He has authored and co- authored more than 200 scientific papers, articles and reports and his work has been broadcast on NPR, BBC, PBS, CBS This Morning, Discover Channel, National Geographic and

Animal Planet as well as featured in Time, Newsweek, GQ, Outside Magazine, Fast Company, Scientific American and New Scientist, among others.

Previous Symposium Keynote Speakers

  • Dr. David Bucy

  • David Kelleher

  • John Flicker, President of Prescott College

  • Activist and artist Melanie DeMore

  • Dr. Craig Chalquist, department chair of East-West Psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies and a former core faculty member in the Department of Consciousness & Transformative Studies at John F. Kennedy University

  • Dr. Mitchell Thomashow, Director of the Second Nature Presidential Fellows Program
  • Bryant Terry, chef, food justice activist, and author
  • Jaimie Cloud, Founder and President of the Cloud Institute for Sustainability in Education
  • Andres Edwards, Sustainability consultant, educator, entrepreneur, and award-winning author
  • Ron Goode, Chairman of the North Fork Mono Tribe
  • Dr. Sandy Grande, Associate professor and Chair of the Education Department at Connecticut College
  • Dr. Devon Peña, Professor of American Ethnic Studies, Anthropology, and the Program on the Environment at the University of Washington
  • Gibrán Rivera, Senior Associate at the Interaction Institute for Social Change