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Ms. Abigail Kingsley Alling

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Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations


  • Middlebury College
  • Masters , Environmental Sciences
    Yale University
  • M.S. degree , cum laude , Environmental Studies
    Yale University
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Contact info - Biosphere Foundation, 7 Nov 2015 [cached]
Abigail Kingsley Alling Founder & President
Banyuwedang Harbor, NW Bali - © Abigail Alling, Biosphere Foundation
Synergetic Press | Authors, 19 Oct 2011 [cached]
Abigail Alling | Mark Nelson | Sally Silverstone | 1980 Planet Earth Conference held at the Institute of Ecotechnics, Aix-en-Provence, France. | Authors
Abigail Alling
Abigail Alling
For the past 23 years, Ms. Alling has actively engaged in marine, environmental and closed system research and development projects. Presently, she is co-founder and CEO of Biosphere Foundation and its division, the Planetary Coral Reef Foundation (PCRF), a non-profit corporation dedicated to the study of Earth's coral reef ecosystems. PCRF maintains a research base in Akumal, Mexico and a research ship, the RV Heraclitus, which is now on its second mission to study coral reefs worldwide, a decade long, (2000 - 2010) "Planetary Coral Reefs and Cultures Expedition. For more information
As CEO of Biosphere Foundation, Ms. Alling heads up its design and development of a manned Mars Base Mission simulation project called "Mars on Earth."
From 1991-1993, Ms. Alling was one of the eight "biospherians" to live for two years inside Biosphere 2, a 3.15 acre Laboratory for Global Ecology. Inside Biosphere 2, she served as the Scientific Chief for over sixty research projects.
After the successful completion of the two year closure, she became the Assistant Vice-President for Biospheric Development. From 1986 to 1994, Ms. Alling was also the Director of Marine Ecological Systems at Biosphere 2, where she created and operated the largest artificial ecological marine system, a 1,000,000 gallon mangrove marsh and ocean coral reef.
Previously, Ms. Alling was the Expedition Chief on the RV Heraclitus for the "Circumnavigation of South America" Expedition, which included a six-week voyage to the Antarctic Peninsula to study humpback whale population genetics in collaboration with the National Cancer Research Institute. In 1985, she served as the marine biologist supervising the historic first successful release of two captive bottlenose dolphins back to the wild. Additionally, she has been the recipient of numerous grants to conduct cetacean research in the world's oceans under the auspices of a variety of organizations, including: the World Wildlife Fund, United Nations, Tides Foundation, Institute of Ecotechnics and Marine Mammal Commission.
Ms. Alling is a Fellow of both the Linnean Society (UK) and Explorers Club. She also serves as a Committee Member of the Paris-based, Espace Mer.
Biosphere Foundation, 15 Aug 2014 [cached]
Abigail Alling President, Biosphere Foundation
Former Assistant Vice President for Research & Development, Biosphere 2
Project Scientific Chief, 1991-1993 Biosphere 2 Experiment
Abigail Alling, M.S. President, PCRF
REEF AQUARIUM FARMING NEWS 15 p 2, 1 Mar 1998 [cached]
In Mexico, resort hotels and restaurants are permitted to drill holes into the bedrock and pump human waste from septic tanks into the holes, says Abigail Alling, director of the Planetary Coral Reef Foundation, Bonsall, Calif. The bedrock along the Yucatan coast consists of porous limestone that allows the sewage to seep out into the water along its once-pristine beaches. The sewage pollutes the coastal water, and its high content of phosphorous and nitrogen damages the coral reefs.
"The problem in Yucatan is that just a few decades ago, you had a population under 30,000 people. Now there are 3 million additional visitors per year, and sewage is being pumped nonstop down the holes," Alling says.
Alling says the governments of Egypt, Maldives, Kenya, Australia, Bali and Israel also are planning to construct the systems. She says the foundation's interest in promoting the system is in preserving coral reefs. It is using money made from sales of the systems to fund the nonprofit group's other scientific projects. Coral reef clues
Nelson and Alling combined their interests after the Biosphere 2 project, in which they and six other people lived in a closed ecological environment for two years.
Alling, who was scientific director of the Biosphere project, managed a living coral reef inside one of the Biosphere's domes. During the two-year stay, Alling says, the coral reef became the canary of the coal mine.
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