Excellence in Media

Mark Shelley

Mark Shelley is a Founder and the Executive Director of Sea Studios Foundation, a non-profit team of filmmakers, scientists, and social entrepreneurs, united by common passion to inspire a healthy and sustainable future. Sea Studios Foundation is the culmination of Mark’s lifelong ambition to harness the power of film-making to spotlight some of the most pressing issues of our times—from climate change to invasive species, from the loss of biological diversity to the loss of large predators and landscape fragmentation, and the vital role of our oceans in Earth’s life support systems. A producer of many award-winning films, Sea Studios Foundation is best known for its award-winning National Geographic prime-time series, Shape of Life and Strange Days in Planet Earth, hosted by Edward Norton. Mark graduated from Stanford University in Biology and conducted research at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution for two years. Mark was Program Director of Oceanics School. As a National Geographic filmmaker and Senior Series Producer, Mark has been part of numerous award winning exhibit and television programs. 

Mark is an expert SCUBA diver, submersible pilot, and airplane pilot with instrument rating, and an aspiring sustainable farmer.




To contact Co-Founder, Wendy Benchley, please email Wendy's Executive Assistant Mary Fritz, mary@wendybenchley.com


To contact Co-Founder, David Helvarg, please email, helvarg@bluefront.org