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Oceans and Coasts: Stephanie Wear


Stephanie Wear

Lead Scientist, Coral Reef Conservation

 Stephanie Wear is the lead scientist for coral reef conservation at the Nature Conservancy. Stephanie’s science and work have always focused on building sustainability for people and the coral reefs they depend on — from leading a coalition effort to establish the first territorial marine park in the U.S. Virgin Islands to developing the Reef Resilience Program, the planet’s premier resource for capacity building in reef conservation. As a Conservancy NatureNet Science Fellow, Stephanie is now exploring new strategies to improve near-shore water quality for human and coral reef health. Stephanie has appeared on numerous media outlets including NBC Nightly News, CBS Evening News, Fox News, Time Magazine, and as a guest on The Martha Stewart Show.

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Stephanie Wear is lead scientist, spokesperson and NatureNet Science Fellow for coral reef conservation at The Nature Conservancy, the world’s largest environmental organization. Stephanie specializes in researching and developing new strategies to reduce threats to coral reefs. Her current work focuses on how to improve water quality to benefit both human and and coral reef health.

Stephanie was named lead scientist and NatureNet Fellow in 2013 after serving as the director of coral reef conservation for the Conservancy’s Global Marine Team. She also led a four-year multi-million dollar coral reef conservation partnership between the Conservancy and NOAA and the development of a new suite of conservation strategies to address the global drivers — such as climate change — that threaten coral reefs on a local scale.

Stephanie joined the Conservancy in 2001, leading a coalition effort to develop the USVI’s first territorial marine park. Her responsibilities quickly expanded across the Caribbean and in 2004, across the globe, when she was named director of the Conservancy’s Reef Resilience Program. Today, the Reef Resilience Program is the planet’s premier resource for capacity building in reef conservation; it has trained nearly 1,500 reef managers in more than 75 countries on the best practices for addressing threats to coral reefs.

Stephanie was named one of Women’s Health Magazine’s “Clean and Green Pioneers” in April 2013 and Babble.com’s “Mom’s Who are Changing the World” in 2011. In April of 2013, she was selected for the inaugural class of NatureNet Science Fellows, a pathbreaking program sponsored by the Conservancy and six leading universities that brings new approaches to solving global challenges around sustainable provision of food, energy and water.

Stephanie has appeared on numerous media outlets including NBC Nightly News, CBS Evening News, Fox News, Time Magazine, and as a guest on The Martha Stewart Show. She has also appeared as an expert contributor on Disney’s movie “Oceans” and in the BBC series “The Power of Nature.”

In her free time, Stephanie enjoys exploring coastal North Carolina and its expansive salt marshes with her family.

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“I don’t work to protect the environment for the environment’s sake. I work to protect it for the billions of people that require clean air, clean water and a healthy ocean to survive. It sounds cliché, but I do it for my children and their children, too.”
— Stephanie Wear, Nature Conservancy director of coral reef conservation

Areas of Expertise

  • Marine ecology and conservation
  • Coral reefs and climate change
  • Caribbean Islands
  • Green living/parenting
  • Adventure travel (with kids, too!)

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