Dr. David Guggenheim | Speaker, Author, Marine Scientist, Explorer

Dr. David E. Guggenheim

Dr. David Guggenheim conducting pre-launch checks before a dive to 1,300 feet in Alaska’s Bering Sea, piloting the DeepWorker submersible.

Dr. David E. Guggenheim is a marine scientist, conservation policy specialist, ocean explorer, submarine pilot, author and educator. He is the founder and president of the Washington, DC-based nonprofit organization, Ocean Doctor, dedicated to advancing the conservation of the world’s oceans through scientific research, education and community engagement. He is also an Adjunct Professor at Johns Hopkins University – Advanced Academic Programs teaching Ocean Stewardship and Sustainability. He also provides a range of services as an environmental consultant.

Guggenheim has worked in Cuba for more than 20 years leading collaborative research and conservation efforts in Cuba focused on coral reef ecosystems. As an ocean explorer, Guggenheim piloted the first manned submersible dive into the world’s largest underwater canyons in the Bering Sea, Alaska as a scientific advisor to Greenpeace. He was inducted into the Explorers Club as a National Fellow in 2008. His 2013 documentary, Disaster at Nightingale, details a disastrous oil spill in a remote island group in the South Atlantic that killed thousands of penguins.

Guggenheim maintains a strong commitment to environmental education and is currently halfway through a journey to all 50 states to educate students about the oceans, conservation and careers in science.

He is an accomplished environmental speaker and makes frequent public speaking appearances for schools, colleges, industry, nonprofit organizations and governments. He is a frequent spokesperson and regularly appears on television and radio appearances.  He has appeared on 60 Minutes, Good Morning America, CNN, MSNBC, PBS Newshour and NPR among others.

David Guggenheim is also an award-winning professional photographer. His work ranges from underwater wildlife to fine art studio photography, fashion and portraiture, spanning the Antarctic, the Falkland Islands/Malvinas, Cuba, Alaska, Russia, the Middle East and beyond. See some examples of his work.

David Guggenheim previously served as Vice President at The Ocean Conservancy, President & CEO of The Conservancy of Southwest Florida, co-chair of the Everglades Coalition and president of the Friends of Channel Islands National Park. He holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Science and Public Policy from George Mason University in Virginia, a Master’s in Aquatic and Population Biology from University of California, Santa Barbara, and a Master’s in Regional Science and Bachelor’s in Environmental Studies from the University of Pennsylvania.

New Book Release by Dr. David Guggenheim: The Remarkable Reefs of Cuba

Remarkable Reefs of Cuba - David E Guggenheim

Dr. David Guggenheim’s new book:

The Remarkable Reefs of Cuba: Hopeful Stories from the Ocean Doctor

Now available for pre-order

Release Date: November 1, 2022

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Remarkable Reefs of Cuba - David E Guggenheim

Now Available for Pre-Order


Professor - Johns Hopkins University

Conservation Nonprofit Leader

Ocean Doctor

Public Speaker

Public Speaking & Media Appearances

Conservation Policy & Research Consultant

"Nibbler" - A trunk fish nibbles on a moon jelly above a stand of elkhorn coral in Cuba’s Punta Francés marine reserve. Once abundant, elkhorn coral is now considered critically endangered.

Professional, Award-Winning Photographer

"Plaything of the Tide" - A white spotted jellyfish - Phyllorhiza punctata – drifts with the currents in the warm waters of southern Cuba.