Welcome to the TNC / UW Conservation Science Lab! We seek to bring cutting-edge natural and social science to bear on critical conservation problems. Our mission is to provide the science needed to conservation the lands and waters on which all life depends. Our vision is of thriving nature and thriving human communities – a shared future that enables us to prosper at the same time that we can care for the lands and waters that sustain us.
I am a conservation scientist who is interested in bridging the gaps between theory and practice and between social and natural sciences. The main focus of my current work is developing interdisciplinary tools to inform conservation of marine, aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems and the communities that depend on them.
Prior to joining the Nature Conservancy and University of Washington, I was a Senior Scientist at NOAA Fisheries’ Northwest Fisheries Science Center in Seattle, WA, USA. I served as the scientific lead of NOAA’s Integrated Ecosystem Assessment efforts in the California Current Large Marine Ecosystem and Puget Sound. In the course of this work, I led the development of new analytical tools for characterizing ecosystem health and forecasting the cumulative effects of coastal zone management and climate change on marine ecosystems.
I received the Department of Commerce Silver Award and NOAA’s Bronze Medal for my work on marine ecosystems, and the Seattle Aquarium’s Conservation Research Award for my work in Puget Sound. I have published over 150 scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals, book chapters and technical reports, and edited the forthcoming book, “Conservation of the Anthropocene Ocean: interdisciplinary approaches for nature and people”. My work has been featured in such news outlets as NPR, PBS, the BBC, MSBNC, The Economist, among others. I recently served as President of the Western Society of Naturalists, and served on numerous editorial boards and scientific advisory panels. I received his Ph.D. in zoology from the University of New Hampshire in 1993 and was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of North Carolina.
Thank you for your interest in the Levin Conservation Science Lab for conducting your graduate studies at the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences, University of Washington.
I am always on the look-out for sharp, motivated, and hard-working students who have a passion for the conservation. Hopefully you have spent the time to peruse my research interests and read a couple of my recent publications. From this you will notice that my research interests focus on issues related to interdisciplinary conservation with a slight marine bias. Don’t like salt? Well, the fact is you can work on any number of projects in our group.
By applying to work with me you will have the opportunity to join a dynamic lab filled with a great group of students and staff working together as a cohesive unit. Quite simply, we play hard and work even harder!
Still interested in joining the Levin Conservation Science Lab? Fire me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, and include the following information: (1) curriculum vitaé (or résumé), (2) copies of transcripts, (3) summary of research experience, and (4) statement of research interests. I hope to hear from you.
What should you do and what are your chances?
What should you expect from me as an advisor?
As an advisor it is my responsibility to provide you with the resources and professional connections (or at least point you in the right direction) needed to ensure that you meet your career goals. I recognize that the needs of graduate students are not all the same. Some students prefer hands on supervision, others prefer no supervision, while still others (and I would bet, most students) fall somewhere between these two extremes. For this reason, I do not supervise all graduate students the same way. Together we will find the right balance. At the end of the day, I strive to make you a complete conservation scientist with the essential skills required for a successful and rewarding career in academia, government, nonprofit, public sector or wherever you want to be.
What do I expect from you as a graduate student?
A scientist goes to Washington
Science helps us build a better world
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