Dr. Rob Brumbaugh is the Director of Ocean Planning & Protection at The Nature Conservancy (TNC). In this capacity, he leads an initiative called Mapping Ocean Wealth to develop new scientific approaches for mapping ecosystem services associated with important ocean habitats like coral reefs, marshes, mangroves and oyster reefs. He also provides guidance to organization’s state, country and regional programs on implementation of large-scale ocean management governance frameworks, and leads a team of scientists who focus on facilitating site-based habitat restoration and conservation of coral reefs, submerged sea grass meadows, oyster reefs, mangroves, marshes and riparian habitats.
Rob has more than 20 years of experience working in environmental consulting and marine conservation, and has worked for TNC since 2004. He holds a doctorate in biological oceanography with an emphasis on interaction between ocean currents, biology of fish and invertebrates, and the habitats that support their earliest life stages.