C2ST and ARCS Foundation, Illinois Chapter are proud to present an evening with Bridget Coughlin, president and CEO of the Shedd Aquarium, as she discusses the need for science today:
“At Shedd Aquarium, our teams conduct science every day in big and small ways. From our onsite microbiome lab, water quality assessments and animal health hospital, all the way to the Bahamas where field researchers track Nassau grouper and evaluate queen conch populations. We even do science right in our own backyard, where citizen scientists help restore Great Lake beaches, track spawning migrations and log amphibian populations. Together, Shedd teams are working to deepen the understanding of our blue planet.
With a mission to spark compassion, curiosity and conservation for the aquatic animal world, join us to learn how Shedd Aquarium is engaging nearly two million annual visitors in the verb of science, hear about cutting- edge research deep in the sea, and determine what we need to do to keep the Great Lakes clean and sustained.”
Bridget Coughlin, PhD, is the President and CEO of Shedd Aquarium. Her experience and expertise are dedicated to long-term planning that advances the aquarium’s mission of sparking compassion, curiosity and conservation for the aquatic animal world and continues its long tradition of excellence. Before joining Shedd, Dr. Coughlin served as Vice President of Strategic Partnerships & Programs and Adjunct Curator at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science.
Dr. Coughlin also spent five years with the National Academy of Sciences, where she served as Managing Editor of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and has led research teams funded by the National Institutes of Health, Howard Hughes Medical Institute and Woods Hole Marine Biological Laboratory. Coughlin holds a bachelor of arts from Knox College, a doctorate in biochemistry from the University of Iowa, and an executive MBA certificate from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.