Director, Source to Sea Plastics Initiative — National Geographic
Taylor Maddalene serves as the Director of the Plastics Initiative at National Geographic Society. Her role includes developing, managing, and executing the international “Sea to Source” expeditions, as well as overseeing the full strategy for the Plastics work across National Geographic Society. She has a background in marine conservation and the integration of science into decision-making. Before starting at National Geographic, Taylor served in a range of research and program management roles for conservation organizations around the world, including Rare, The National Aquarium, and MOTE Marine Lab. Taylor received her Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Science with a focus on Marine Ecology from the University of Virginia and she holds a Masters of Advanced Studies in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego, where her work focused on building partnerships for science-based decision-making in the South Pacific.