Photo by Jay Kleiman

Dr. Ann Muscat

Ann is a marine ecologist and has conducted underwater research in Antarctica at both Palmer and McMurdo stations, and lectured on board Antarctic expedition ships. She completed over a 1000 dives for her field studies in benthic ecology at USC’s Wrigley Marine Science Center on Catalina Island where she also served as Director. As a museum professional she led the program development team that built the new California Science Center, and then led the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County through the early phases of its redevelopment program. She recently retired as President and CEO of the Catalina Island Conservancy, an organization dedicated to conservation management and environmental education. She developed her love for wild places while sailing throughout the pristine offshore islands of California and Baja California.