Robin MacFadden Parish , 2012
For many years Robin has served as the National Coordinator of the Rolex Scholarship of the Our World-Underwater Scholarship Society® (OWUSS), an international educational non-profit organization which aims to develop the next generation of dive leaders and underwater researchers. She connects young people with the world’s experts in conservation, underwater photography, exploration, and marine technology. She has been diving since 1970 and an instructor since 1976. Robin was the first female recipient of the Rolex Scholarship, and went on to a career in marine biology, working in environmental consulting, researching crustacean behavioral ecology, and doing groundwork for the creation of marine sanctuaries. As VP of North American Operations and a member of the Board of Directors of OWUSS, she has been instrumental in the organization’s global expansion and establishing internships. An educator, speaker, and passionate advocate for marine conservation, Robin encourages young people of all ages to learn about the sea and become part of the key to its future.