Our oceans experts


  • Battista, Willow Senior Manager, Climate Resilient Food Systems

    Areas of expertise: Food systems; Aquatic foods; Climate-resilient fisheries; Data-limited scientific assessment (stocks and ecosystems) and adaptive management; Designing equitable management systems; Effective governance for sustainable management; Principles for scaling successful solutions; Designing behavioral science-based interventions for marine conservation problems

    Office: San Francisco

  • Bonzon, Kate Vice President, Oceans Global Initiatives

    Areas of expertise: Oceans Program, renewing fisheries

    Office: San Francisco

  • Burden, Merrick Director, Resilient Fisheries & Lead Senior Economist

    Areas of expertise: Bioeconomics, public policy, economic and community development, fisheries management, climate change effects on oceans, catch shares

    Office: Remote

  • Calderón, Juan Manuel National Policy Director, Mexico Oceans

    Areas of expertise: Public policy design and implementation, public finance, public affairs and strategic management.

    Office: La Paz, Mexico

  • Cunningham, Erica Director, Humboldt Current/South America Oceans

    Areas of expertise: International and economic development, ecosystem based co-management, marine conservation and fisheries management, community development

    Office: Remote

  • Cusack, Christopher Director, Oceans Technology Solutions

    Areas of expertise: Fisheries Economics, Technologies for Fisheries Management, The Blue Economy, Fisheries Science

    Office: Remote

  • Fujita, Rod M. Lead Senior Scientist, Oceans Emerging Issues

    Areas of expertise: Oceans Program, marine ecology, aquaculture, fisheries science, fisheries management, catch shares, marine protected areas, resilience, climate change

    Office: San Francisco

  • Haukebo, Sepp Manager, Recreational Fishing Solutions

    Areas of expertise: Fisheries management, marine science policy, marine conservation, environmental education

    Office: Remote

  • Jud, Shems Director, Japan Fisheries & Oceans

    Areas of expertise: Oceans Programs, catch shares, renewing fisheries

    Office: Remote

  • Karr, Kendra Senior Scientist, Research & Development

    Areas of expertise: Oceans Program, Latin America & the Caribbean, renewing fisheries, marine protected areas, Fisheries, Ocean Conservation, data-limited stock assessment

    Office: San Francisco

  • Kelso , Karly Director, Ocean-based Food Initiative

    Areas of expertise: Blue foods, food systems, Asia-Pacific, fishery management design, small-scale fisheries, rights-based management

    Office: Austin, Texas

  • Kleisner, Kristin Senior Director, Ocean Science

    Areas of expertise: Climate change and fisheries, bio-economic modeling, indicators of ocean health and fisheries status

    Office: Boston

  • Litsinger, Emilie Senior Director, Indonesia and Philippines

    Areas of expertise: Oceans Program, catch shares, marine protected areas

    Office: Indonesia

  • Mahoney, Melissa Manager, Oceans Technology Solutions

    Areas of expertise: Fisheries Management/policy, human dimensions of fisheries, collaborative fisheries research, electronic monitoring, visual communications

    Office: Remote

  • Miller, Valerie Director, Cuba Oceans Program

    Areas of expertise: Shark Conservation, Latin America & the Caribbean, Cooperative Resource Management

    Office: Austin, Texas

  • Mimikakis, John Vice President, Asia-Pacific Oceans

    Areas of expertise: Oceans Programs, catch shares

    Office: Washington, D.C.

  • Ortiz, Rafael Director, Mexico Fishery Programs

    Areas of expertise: Fisheries, Ocean Conservation, Stakeholder Engagement, Research and Analysis, Ecophysiology

    Office: La Paz, Mexico

  • Poon, Sarah Senior Director, Fishery Solutions Center

    Areas of expertise: Fisheries management, training and capacity development

    Office: San Francisco

  • Rader, Douglas N. Chief Oceans Scientist and AVP

    Areas of expertise: Oceans Program, renewing fisheries, marine protected areas, coral reef ecosystems, climate impacts on oceans

    Office: Raleigh, North Carolina

  • Rife, Alexis Director, SSF Initiatives

    Areas of expertise: Fisheries management, rights-based management, fisheries policy and governance, marine protected areas, small-scale fisheries

    Office: Remote