Bob Sluka

Lead Scientist, Marine and Coastal Conservation Programme

Bob is a curious explorer, applying hopeful, optimistic and holistic solutions to all that is ailing our oceans and the communities that rely on them. He writes on the interface between Christian faith and marine conservation and has worked cross-culturally, living for extended periods in Australia, India, Great Britain and his native USA where he currently resides. Robert’s research focuses on marine biodiversity conservation, plastic pollution, and fisheries, particularly marine protected areas. He combines research with theological reflection and on-the-ground conservation, saying “the ultimate goal is to glorify God through oceans and communities being transformed using holistic marine conservation. I really enjoy working with eager young scientists, helping them devise and develop their projects. And at the Kenya centre, conversations often explore the big questions about life, I can share my convictions and learn from others. When I took the family to A Rocha Kenya’s centre for two months, my three youngsters helped to write and design rockpool worksheets now being used by local primary children.” Bob has written Grove booklets, ‘Hope for the Ocean’ and ‘Marine Plastics’, available to buy and download. In an essay for the Journal of the American Scientific Affiliation he called on the worldwide Christian community to respond to overfishing, and responded to the documentary Seaspiracy in the A Rocha blog. A list of his publications is below.

Watch a video about Bob Sluka and his work.

Listen to Bob being interviewed in the Field Notes Podcast

Read Bob Sluka’s presentation at the United Nations Ocean Conference about the work of A Rocha and the integration of Christian faith and marine conservation, June 2017.

Find out more about A Rocha’s Marine and Coastal Conservation Programme.

Explore resources which church leaders could use on overfishing and plastic pollution.

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