Advisory Board

Abigail Alling, M.S.

Abigail Alling, M.S. is Chairman and President, Biosphere Foundation and its Division the Planetary Coral Reef Foundation (PCRF).
The Biosphere Foundation is a US 501(c)(3) organization with a primary goal to inspire intelligent stewardship of our earth’s biosphere. Its projects aim to contribute to the existing knowledge about the biosphere and inspire individuals join through hands-on field work or virtual education-outreach programs.
Planetary Coral Reef Foundation (PCRF) is a project of the Biosphere Foundation. Since its inception in 1991, PCRF has pursued an unprecedented global mission to preserve coral reefs through innovative programs in science, education and technology. Its vision is to stop the destruction of the world’s coral reefs by 2020 and restore their beauty, health, and abundance within this century.
Abigail was one of the eight “biospherians” to live for two years inside Biosphere 2, a 3.15-acre Laboratory for Global Ecology. At Biosphere 2, she created and operated the largest artificial ecological marine system, a 1,000,000-gallon mangrove, marsh, and ocean coral reef. She also served as Scientific Chief for over sixty research projects. She coauthored Life Under Glass: The Inside Story of Biosphere 2.
Abigail is Fellow, World Academy of Art and Science; Fellow, Linnean Society, UK; Fellow, New York Explorers Club; Committee Member, Espace Mer, France; Associate Member, Institute for Advanced Studies in Life Support; and Board of Directors, Journal of Life Support and Biosphere Science, USA.
Her papers include Catastrophic coral mortality in the remote Central Pacific Ocean: Kiribati, Phoenix Islands, Lessons Learned from Biosphere 2 and Laboratory Biosphere Closed Systems Experiments for the Mars On Earth® Project, “Living off the land”: resource efficiency of wetland wastewater treatment, Using a Closed Ecological System to Study Earth’s Biosphere: Initial results from Biosphere 2, Mapping and monitoring the health and vitality of coral reefs from satellite: a biospheric approach, and The Biosphere 2 project – Applications for space exploration and Mars settlement.
Abigail earned her B.A. (honors) in Biology at Middlebury College in 1977 and earned her M.S. (honors) in Environment and Marine Ecology at Yale University in 1985.
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