As the Oceans Campaign Director for Greenpeace USA, John Hocevar oversees the organization’s domestic efforts on oceans issues and works with international colleagues to achieve Greenpeace’s goal of establishing a network of fully protected marine reserves to help keep our oceans healthy for future generations. <br />
Since joining Greenpeace in February of 2004, Hocevar has spearheaded numerous projects, including a groundbreaking research expedition to explore the world’s largest underwater canyons in the Bering Sea, efforts to protect fish species crucial to the survival of the Chesapeake Bay and Greenpeace’s work to improve the sustainability of seafood sold in supermarkets. A licensed submarine pilot and experienced SCUBA diver, Hocevar also led an scientific expedition to further understanding of the scope and impacts of the BP Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.<br />
Prior to his arrival at Greenpeace, Hocevar was involved in several environmental efforts including the Sea Turtle Nesting Project in Florida, Coral Cay Conservation in Belize, and as an environmental educator for Marine Science under Sails in Florida. He also worked as an organizer for GreenCorps, the field training program for young environmental activists. Previously, Hocevar worked as a national organizer for INFACT, a corporate watchdog organization, and co-founded and served as Executive Director of Students for a Free Tibet for eight years.<br />
Hocevar earned a bachelor’s degree in evolutionary ecology from the University of Connecticut in 1990 and a master’s degree in marine biology, focused on coral reef conservation from Nova Southeastern University, in 1993.