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Rob Brumbaugh

Rob Brumbaugh

Strategy Lead, Ocean Solutions/
Integrated Ocean Management

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.



zu Ermgassen, P.S., M.D. Spalding, R. Grizzle and R.D. Brumbaugh. 2013. Quantifying the loss of a marine ecosystem services: filtration by the eastern oyster in U.S. estuaries. Estuaries and Coasts. 63:36-43.


Grabowski, J.H., R.D. Brumbaugh, R. Conrad, A.G. Keeler, J. Opaluch, C.H. Peterson, M.F. Piehler, S.P. Powers and A.R. Smyth. 2012. Economic valuation of ecosystem services provided by oyster reefs. Bioscience. 62:900-909.

zu Ermgassen, P., M.Spalding, B.Blake, L.Coen, B.Dumbauld, S.Gieger, J.Grabowski, R.Grizzle, M.Luckenbach, K.McGraw, W. Rodney, J.Reusink, S.Powers and R.Brumbaugh. 2012. Historical ecology with real numbers: past and present extent and biomass of an imperiled estuarine habitat. Proceedings of the Royal Society B. doi:10.1098/rspb.2012.0313.


Beck, M.W., R.D. Brumbaugh, L. Airoldi, A. Carranza, L.D. Coen, C. Crawford, O. Defeo, G.Edgar, B. Hancock, M. Kay, H. Lenihan, M. Luckenbach, C. Toropova, G. Zhang and X. Guo. 2011. Oyster reefs at risk and recommendations for conservation, restoration and management. Bioscience 61(2): 107-116.


Brumbaugh, R.D., Beck, M.W., Hancock, B., Meadows, A.W., Spalding, M., and P. zu Ermgassen. 2010. Changing a management paradigm and rescuing a globally imperiled habitat. National Wetlands Newsletter 32(6):16-20.


Brumbaugh, R.D. and L.D. Coen. 2009. Contemporary approaches for small-scale oyster reef restoration to address substrate versus recruitment limitation: A review and comments relevant for the Olympia oyster, Ostrea lurida (Carpenter, 1864). J. Shellfish Res. 28:1-15.


Brumbaugh, R.D. and C. Toropova. 2008. Economic valuation of ecosystem services: A new impetus for shellfish restoration? Basins and Coasts News 2(2):8-15. USAID/IMCAFS.

Rob Brumbaugh

Strategy Lead, Ocean Solutions/
Integrated Ocean Management

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