Team

A global partnership of scientists, policy practitioners and financial experts launched Mapping Ocean Wealth in January 2014. Led by The Nature Conservancy, this effort was conceptualized and incubated in partnership with The World Bank and is mapping the world’s vast ocean wealth in all its many forms and changing conservation and development policies and practices in the process through an understanding of how and where ocean wealth is generated and valued.

Expert Advisors

The Mapping Ocean Wealth team includes science and policy experts from around the world.

Elaine Heldewier

Elaine Heldewier

Advisor
Carnival Corporation & plc

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Elaine Heldewier has over 20 years of experience in sustainability, and in the past 17 years of her career she has focused in the maritime industry. She oversees the corporate sustainability programs for a fleet of over 100 cruise ships worldwide. Elaine enjoys her role as a strong facilitator and catalyst in the development and implementation of a sustainable vision. She leads various reporting initiatives in effective sustainability reporting and works with stakeholders to positively influence and drive sustainability initiatives.

She had a key role in the development of the cruise industry’s first U.S. Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for environmental performance (Florida and Hawaii). She also collaborated with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on the first environmental study for cruise ship plume tracking survey report. Elaine was an integral member of a team responsible for the development and implementation of the Corporation’s 2020 sustainability goals as well as key member for one of the Corporate brands responsible for obtaining ISO-14001 fleet certification.

Ms. Heldewier is engaged in various groups and associations that are involved with numerous aspects of sustainability. She is currently working with The Nature Conservancy and worked with the Harvard Sustainable Tourism Initiative, the Sustainable Shipping Initiative and the Women’s International Shipping & Trading Association where she served as president of the Florida Chapter (2009 – 2014). She was a Board member for the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) and recipient of the South Florida Business Leader 2010 Women Extraordinaire award. Elaine has a Master’s Degree in Public Health from Florida International University and a Bachelors of Science from the University of Miami.

Pawan Patil

Pawan Patil

Advisor
World Bank

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Dr. Pawan “Po” Patil, Ph.D is a development banker and economist within the Environment and Natural Resources Global Practice of The World Bank. He has worked on the frontier of the poverty-marine environment nexus though innovative trilateral public-private-civil society partnerships that he has had a hand in developing. Over his career he has had shared management of a $1 billion portfolio of investment operations in almost every region of the developing world. Patil is a graduate of Harvard, Oxford and London School of Economics. He is a member of the founding board of Nike Foundation and served as the founding Chief Economist & Chief Economic Development Officer of Doha-based Silatech. Patil is the recipient of several innovation awards in support of ocean-facing developing countries. He was selected as a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader and serves as a member of WEF’s Global Agenda Council for Oceans.
Dr. Linwood Pendleton

Dr. Linwood Pendleton

Advisor
Duke University

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Linwood Pendleton holds the International Chair of Excellence at the European Institute for Marine Studies, in the Institute for Marine Law and Economics, at the University of Brest and Laboratory of Excellence in Brest, France. He is a senior scholar in the Ocean and Coastal Policy Program at Duke University’s Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions. Pendleton’s work focuses on policies that affect human uses and enjoyment of ocean and coastal resources – both living and non-living. He is the Director of the Marine Ecosystem Services Partnership, author of many scholarly articles, and coordinates the Marine Secretariat of the international Ecosystem Services Partnership. Pendleton’s current projects include understanding the economic and human impacts of ocean acidification (funded by SESYNC and the Prince Albert II Foundation), Mapping Ocean Wealth (with the Nature Conservancy), the economics of coastal blue carbon (Global Environmental Facility), and efforts to better manage the deep sea. Pendleton served as Acting Chief Economist at NOAA from January 2011 through August 2013.

The Nature Conservancy Staff & Experts

These team members lead and manage the Ocean Wealth project.

Dr. Mark Spalding

Dr. Mark Spalding

Senior Scientist & Global Science Lead

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Mark Spalding is the Lead Scientist in the Mapping Ocean Wealth project. A TNC employee for over a decade, Mark has worked on many global syntheses and analyses describing the distribution and condition of marine and coastal resources, and looking at conservation efforts, notably with the use of marine protected areas. He is based out of the University of Cambridge in the UK where he works with colleagues and post-docs and where his work is now entirely focused on understanding, modelling and mapping ecosystem services in marine and coastal settings.
Kate Longley-Wood

Kate Longley-Wood

Ocean Mapping Coordinator and MOW Project Manager

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Kate Longley-Wood sits on the Global Oceans Team as an ocean mapping coordinator. Her work includes managing and developing datasets, online tools, and other communication materials for Mapping Ocean Wealth. She also supports a variety of marine spatial planning projects at TNC, including projects in the Seychelles and in Marismas Nacionales, Mexico.  Prior to working at TNC, she supported marine spatial planning efforts in the Northeast US.
Dr. Michael Beck

Dr. Michael Beck

Ocean Wealth Scientist and Natural Coastal Protection Lead

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Dr. Michael W. Beck is the lead marine scientist for The Nature Conservancy and an adjunct faculty member at the University of California Santa Cruz, where he is based. Mike works on coastal marine conservation in 5 continents across science, business and policy to bring clear tools and results to decision-makers. Mike focuses on building coastal resilience in the interface between adaptation and conservation, where he works to reduce risks to people, property and nature. Mike has authored more than fifty peer-reviewed science articles. He has also published numerous popular articles including Op-eds in the Miami Herald, NY Times, Huffington Post and Caribbean Journal. He was a Fulbright Fellow, Australian Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow, and currently is a Pew Marine Conservation Fellow.
Dr. Robert Brumbaugh

Dr. Robert Brumbaugh

Senior Scientist & Project Lead

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Dr. Rob Brumbaugh is an ocean scientist with The Nature Conservancy’s Global Marine Team, with 20 years of experience in the field of ocean conservation and management. He leads the Conservancy’s global strategy for Integrated Ocean Management, and Mapping Ocean Wealth is an integral component of that strategy. Mapping Ocean Wealth provides a critically important pathway for transforming ocean management by developing new knowledge about ocean benefits and using that information to make better decisions about the use of ocean space.
James Byrne

James Byrne

Caribbean Team Lead

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James Byrne is the Marine Science Program Manager for South Florida and the Caribbean. James provides managerial, technical and scientific leadership for The Nature Conservancy’s (TNC’s) marine conservation initiatives in South Florida, the Florida Keys and the Caribbean. These initiatives include work on coral reef resilience, coral restoration and enhancing the management of the marine resources that sustain the coral reef ecosystem and the coastal communities that depend on them.
Juan E. Bezaury

Juan E. Bezaury

Gulf of California Policy Lead

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Juan E. Bezaury Creel, Mexico Country Representative and Associate Director for External Affairs – Latin America Mexico City, Mexico: Prior to joining the Conservancy, Bezaury has worked as country representative and Director of the World Wildlife Fund Mexico Program, as executive director of the Mexican nonprofit Amigos de Sian Ka’an in Mexico´s Caribbean Coast and with Mexican Government Agencies in charge of Protected Areas. A native Mexican and architect with a background in urban and regional planning, Bezaury is a member of the National Protected Area Council, the Technical Council of the Monarch Butterfly Fund and the Mesoamerican Reef Fund. He also sits on the board of various Mexican NGOs.
Dr. Philine zu Ermgassen

Dr. Philine zu Ermgassen

Ocean Wealth Scientist and Fisheries Lead

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Philine zu Ermgassen is a Nature Conservancy funded Postdoctoral researcher at the University of Cambridge. Her past research has focused on the historical ecology, restoration and ecosystem service delivery by US oyster reefs, including quantifying the filtration and fish enhancement resulting from oyster reef restoration efforts. She is now seeking to quantify the fish enhancement by a whole host of marine ecosystems, and to support efforts to do so within the Mapping Ocean Wealth project.
Dr. Boze Hancock

Dr. Boze Hancock

Ocean Wealth Scientist and Shellfish Ecosystems Lead

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Boze Hancock is the Marine Restoration Scientist for TNC’s Global Marine Team. Boze assists in developing marine habitat restoration in new geographies and provides technical support for numerous restoration projects throughout TNC’s global portfolio. He also works to provide the science support for marine habitat restoration, particularly through quantifying the ecosystem services these habitats provide human communities, such as coastal protection, fish production and improved water quality, and making the results available to the marine policy community and restoration practitioners.
Emily Landis

Emily Landis

Carbon Lead

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Emily Landis is the Coastal Wetlands Strategy Lead at the Nature Conservancy.  Emily works as the project manager for the Mapping Ocean Wealth project within The Nature Conservancy’s Global Marine Team. Emily comes with a marine background working for the Global Ocean Commission, Pew Charitable Trusts and Rare. She holds a Master’s Degree in biology from University College London, and during her tenure at UCL she worked directly with the Zoological Society of London and Natural England. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in environmental science from American University.
Glaudy Perdanahardja

Glaudy Perdanahardja

Indonesia Team Lead

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For over 15 years, Glaudy Perdanahardja has been involved in programs that support activities to help Indonesia minimize their vulnerability and adapt to climate variability and change. He has been involved in the development of national policy framework for coastal resources management, harmonization of natural resources laws, community-based natural resources management, wildlife trafficking and protected area management. He currently leads much of Conservation & Marine Planning program at The Nature Conservancy’s Indonesia Coastal and Ocean Program. He also provides support for marine science works.
Caroline Spruill

Caroline Spruill

Communications Lead

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Caroline Spruill is a senior communications strategist on the Global Communications team and supports Mapping Ocean Wealth, TNC’s Global Oceans Team, and TNC’s Europe region. Caroline has a wide variety of communications and engagement experience through positions at The World Bank, The Center for American Progress, SeaWeb London, The House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming, and Ocean Conservancy. She holds a B.A. in Political Science and International Environmental Policy from Hobart and William Smith Colleges.
Elizabeth Terk

Elizabeth Terk

Micronesia Team Lead

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Micronesia Team Lead
Mariana Walther

Mariana Walther

Gulf of California Lead

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Mariana Walther works as the Gulf of California Coordinator within The Nature Conservancy’s Mexico and Northern Central America Oceans Team. She coordinates the Baja Marine Initiative, a 10-year endeavor to double the amount of conservation and fisheries management areas in the region. Mariana holds a Bachelor degree in Marine Biology from the Autonomous University of Baja California Sur and a Master degree on Environmental Management from the University of Queensland.