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Riki Ott

Riki Ott | Bio

Dr. Riki Ott is a marine toxicologist and former Alaska commercial fisher ma’am who experienced the trauma and devastation of the Exxon Valdez oil spill firsthand. This became a vehicle for personal growth and her work in front-line communities to increase public awareness of the enormous socio-economic costs of our oil dependency. In 2015, she received the Grace Lee Boggs Award from the Make It Safe Coalition for her work empowering people to have a voice in energy choices in their own backyard. She directs two projects for the Earth Island Institute: towards a healthy democracy; and towards a healthy energy future.

Academic Training

  • Doctorate of Philosophy (1985)
    University of Washington, WA, School of Fisheries with emphasis on effects of heavy metals on benthic invertebrates
  • Masters of Science (1980)
    University of South Carolina, SC, Baruch Institute in marine biology with emphasis on effects of oil on zooplankton
  • Bachelor of Science (1976)
    Colby College, Waterville, Maine
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