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Austin Gallagher, ’08, makes Forbes 30 Under 30 list

| By Stephanie Weaver
Austin Gallagher Beneath the Waves Loyola University Maryland
Austin Gallagher, '08, inset and photographing a tiger shark in the Bahamas. (Photo courtesy of Austin Gallagher)

Austin Gallagher, ’08, Ph.D, was recently named to the Forbes 30 Under 30 list in science for his work as an ocean scientist.

Gallagher is the CEO and president of Beneath the Waves, a non-profit Gallagher founded to advance the conservation of sharks and oceans through research that blends biology and technology, while also engaging the public through education and media. Beneath the Waves is active in 15 countries worldwide and is leading efforts in several campaigns to conserve the oceans. His work seeks to conserve sharks, which keep marine ecosystems in check and the ocean healthy. Half of the air we breathe comes from the ocean, Gallagher said.  

He is currently a postdoctoral researcher at Carleton University, and an adjunct professor at the University of Miami. Gallagher received a Master’s in Marine Science in 2010 from Northeastern University, and his doctorate from University of Miami. 

Gallagher graduated from Loyola in 2008 with a degree in biology and a minor journalism. He credits his liberal arts education with shaping his interests and confidence. This mixture of science and writing helped him learn to solve problems, read and synthesize, and think outside the box as a leader and educator.

“Though I was a biology major, I thoroughly enjoyed the liberal arts aspects of my education. There is no doubt that being flexible and open to new things helped shape my interests and skills as an entrepreneur in addition to being a scientist,” Gallagher said.

At Loyola, Gallagher says he was encouraged to be a free thinker.

“College was a period of complete and utter discovery as to who I am as a person. It gave me a burning sense of confidence that I continued to develop and nurture along my career – this is something I am very grateful for,” Gallagher said.

The full Forbes 30 Under 30 science list is available at

Videos of Gallagher’s work in the world’s oceans are available on his YouTube channel.

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