Mark Robertson has worked for The Nature Conservancy since 1985. He was Aquatic Ecologist at the Conservancy’s Virginia Coast Reserve, where he was a member of a team that developed and implemented the Conservancy’s first landscape-scale conservation plan. He opened the Conservancy’s Florida Keys office and was its director for 12 years. During that time, the Conservancy completed more than 200 acquisitions, valued at more than $20 million, to protect wetlands and tropical forests in the Keys. It helped lead the establishment of the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, which protects the only living coral reef ecosystem in the continental U.S.
Mark has served as State Director of the Conservancy in South Carolina since 1999. He leads a multi-disciplinary, statewide staff in protecting land and fresh water, promoting and implementing controlled burning, managing forests and restoring marine resources. Mark also has led efforts to create new financial incentives and funding sources for conservation in state government.
Mark holds a B.S. in biology from the College of William and Mary and an M.S. in environmental sciences from the University of Virginia.