Dr. Rob Brumbaugh is a senior scientist at The Nature Conservancy (TNC) and serves as the Lead for TNC’s Ocean Solutions/Integrated Ocean Management global strategy. In that capacity, he provides leadership on the organization’s efforts to advance marine conservation through Integrated Ocean Management. As part of The Nature Conservancy's Global Marine Team (GMT), he 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. He is integrally involved with TNC’s work on the Global Partnership for Oceans, initiated by the World Bank in 2012, which seeks to halve the rate of marine habitat loss and dramatically increase the level of ocean protection by 2020.
Rob has more than 18 years of experience working in environmental consulting and marine conservation, and has worked for TNC since 2004. Throughout his career, he has focused on using science-based approaches to advance marine policy and implementation of watershed management for conservation of estuaries and near-shore marine habitats. He holds a doctorate in biological oceanography with an emphasis on population biology and recruitment dynamics of fish and invertebrate populations.