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This week’s Remarkable People podcast features a woman who fell in love with the Monterey Bay while studying science at U.C. Santa Cruz.
On many dark, dank, and cold mornings, Julie Packard waded through the icy waters of the intertidal zone to study the plants and animals. She did this as research about the impact of humans on the Central California coast.
In the late seventies David Packard, half of the founding team of Hewlett-Packard Company, challenged his children to come up with a big project that would make a difference in the world.
Julie’s sister Nancy, Nancy’s husband, and a couple of friends came up with a concept for an aquarium. Eventually, this led to her father and mother investing $55 million to fund what is now the Monterey Bay Aquarium.
Initial studies projected 350,000 visitors a year. Year one drew nearly 2.4 million people.
Since its opening day on October 20th, 1984, the Monterey Bay Aquarium has introduced over 60 million people to the incredible sea life off the Central California Coast, as well as the vast ocean beyond.
Julie is the executive director of the Monterey Bay Aquarium and an international leader in the field of ocean conservation. She is also a leading voice for science-based policy reform in support of a healthy ocean.
Can you guess what sea animal she’d like to come back as? Stay tuned, and you’ll soon find out.
Her philosophy is to learn something every day, work with great people, and motivate them to make the world a better place.
This is Guy Kawasaki and this is the Remarkable People podcast. And now here’s Julie Packard.
© Monterey Bay Aquarium, photo by Tom O’Neal
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