Christine A. Ward-Paige, PhD

Founder, Lead Scientist

Dr. Ward-Paige has over 15 years experience leading marine research programs, including local, regional, and global marine citizen science projects. She is well versed in the issues facing ocean ecosystems and coastal communities. She has worked on some of the most top cited papers in ocean policy and conservation, and her research has contributed to important policy changes. Dr. Ward-Paige is encouraged by the recent rise in interest in citizen science, and is driven to innovate new ways to make marine citizen science more efficient and effective, for science, policy, and all communities involved.  



eOceans has a few policies that help us navigate what we do. These policies help us to protect the oceans and the communities who are sustained by them.


We aim to provide science-based advice. We do not advocate for, or against, any specific management strategy. We believe that these decisions are best made by those who are most intimately connected.  


We aim to maximize efficiency – to protect our time and yours. We commit to improving our data collection and sharing systems, so that our users spend the least amount of time reporting, and the most amount of time exploring, with maximum impact for science and conservation. We are striving to make our data collection system fun and effortless.


We commit to protecting the location of species and special places. We provide only generalized summaries that follow best practices for species at risk. We will not post the exact location of any sightings on social media or in any publication. We will not sell the data to those who wish to use it for resource extraction.


We are independent and unaffiliated with any particular organization, government, or funder. This puts us in a unique position to be highly collaborative, and to work across political, geographic, and institutional boundaries. Being independent also allows us to build and maintain networks and communities beyond the lifecycle of any one project, government, or organizational interest.