Tierney’s enthusiasm, passion, and dedication for our great blue planet is infectious. Whether giving a lecture or creating visual media projects, she has a unique way of bringing stories from the sea out of the murky depths and shining a scintillating light on them. Not only will you be riveted by creatures you may have never even heard of—from tiny species of plankton to her beloved sunfish—but you’ll actually begin to care about them, deeply! And that’s one of her key motivators. Tierney has devoted her career to creating a sense of awe about the underwater world, in hopes of inspiring people to get involved in protecting our seas and all the incredible diversity that lives within.
As a Research Associate at the California Academy of the Sciences, Tierney regularly shares her current projects via TED talks and through her longtime role as a National Geographic Explorer. For the past 15 years she’s been inspiring and educating guests aboard Lindblad-National Geographic ships, and as the former Director of Research for the Sea Studios Foundation she produced two PBS series, Strange Days on Planet Earth and Shape of Life. With her multiple platforms and projects, Tierney has successfully advanced her powerful message of marine conservation and awareness.
If all that weren’t amazing enough, she is also a private pilot, a scuba diver, an ultrarunner, an avid traveler who has been to 60 countries, a board member for the innovation think tank, Think Beyond Plastic, and she serves as Daily Explorer in the popular kid’s online game, Animal Jam, which has a lifetime total of 130 million registered players. We proudly salute this incredible ocean ambassador for being an inspiration, a role model, and for opening our eyes, minds, and hearts to the mysteries of the deep.