Kerry St. Pé is a marine biologist and the Director of the Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program. The Barataria-Terrebonne Estuary is a 4.2 million acre area currently experiencing the world’s fastest rate of land loss.
Louisiana's wetlands support the life cycle of more than 700 species of fish and wildlife, many of which are categorized as threatened or endangered, creating an even greater sense of urgency.
A tireless advocate for coastal restoration, he has spent decades working to rebuild Louisiana’s coastline and educate others about the causes and consequences of wetlands loss.
St. Pé’s hometown of Port Sulphur in Plaquemines Parish was nearly wiped off the map by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005, inundated again in 2008 by Hurricanes Gustav and Ike, and now faces yet another tragic blow from the BP oil disaster.
With over 20 years experience in oil spill response, he is spearheading efforts to protect this fragile ecosystem and its unique culture.