Orion McCarthy, Project Associate

Orion McCarthy joined Meridian Institute as a Project Assistant in June 2016. He provides support to senior Meridian staff on collaborative public policy projects. His primary responsibilities involve support for the Joint Ocean Commission Initiative and regional ocean planning efforts.
Mr. McCarthy graduated Cum Laude from the University of Maryland in May 2015 with a Bachelor’s degree in Ecology and Evolution and a minor in Geographic Information Systems. In 2014, Mr. McCarthy studied marine science and coral reef ecology in Australia at James Cook University. His professional experience has focused on marine conservation research and communicating conservation outcomes. Working on a fisheries research project for the International Pacific Halibut Commission, Mr. McCarthy collaborated with stakeholders and scientists to create new regulations in the Pacific halibut fishery. As an intern with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), he worked with a team of coral reef scientists to analyze the effectiveness of marine protected areas in relation to climate change. He has also worked with the Smithsonian, Conservation Volunteers Australia, and James Cook University on a variety of conservation-related projects.
Drawing from his conservation experience, Mr. McCarthy runs an environmental blog to highlight environmental success stories and communicate the relevance of environmental issues. His desire to engage the broader public in conversations about science and the environment is evident in his experience advising a diverse body of students as a Student Ambassador in Australia, educating visitors as a Keeper Aide at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C., and creating communications materials as a WWF intern.