Dr. Rob Brumbaugh joined The Nature Conservancy in 2004 and is currently the Executive Director for the Caribbean Division. In his more than 15 years with the organization, he has served in several other roles, including Senior Marine Scientist for the Florida Chapter and Global Ocean Management and Habitat Restoration Lead on the Global Ocean Team.
With 25 years of experience directing multi-national conservation programs, Rob excels in partnership development and is a talented leader of globally dispersed, high-performing teams. He conceived and led the development of The Nature Conservancy and partners’ Mapping Ocean Wealth Initiative, which won a World Travel & Tourism Council Innovation Award, and helped shape the Caribbean Regional Oceanscape Project, which informs large-scale marine planning in waters throughout the Eastern Caribbean.
A central focus of Rob’s career has been the quantification and mapping of marine and coastal ecosystem benefits that support economic and community well-being through fish production, water security, carbon storage, storm protection and tourism value. This work guides The Nature Conservancy and partners in defining strategies for the conservation, restoration and management of critical ecosystems like coral reefs, mangrove forests and seagrass meadows.
Rob earned his M.S. and Ph.D. in oceanography from Old Dominion University, holds a U.S. Coast Guard captain’s license, and is a certified member of The Nature Conservancy’s Scientific Diving Program through the American Academy of Underwater Sciences.