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Randy Olson

Born: Oct 3, 1955

Birthplace: Heidelberg

Profession: Film Producer

Nationality: United States

Randy Olson

Date of Birth : Oct 3, 1955
Birth Place : Heidelberg

Randy Olson is a scientist-turned-filmmaker who earned his Ph.D. in Biology from Harvard University and became a tenured professor of marine biology at the University of New Hampshire before changing careers by moving to Hollywood and entering film school at the University of Southern California. He has written and directed a number of short films and feature documentaries which have premiered at film festivals such as Tribeca Film Festival and Telluride Film Festival. Most of his films draw on his science background, involve humor, and address major science issues such as the decline of the world's oceans, the controversy around the teaching of evolution versus intelligent design, and the attacks on global warming science. He is also the author of three books aimed at helping the science communicate more effectively with the general public. His company, Prairie Starfish Productions, is based at Raleigh Studios in Hollywood, California. He is currently the Director of the Shifting Baselines Ocean Media Project.


  • Film Producer
  • Screenwriter
  • Film director
  • Biologist
  • Filmmaker


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