Kerehikapa Island, April 2016.
A storm approaches Kerehikapa Island, April 2016. © Justine Hausheer/TNC


2018 Hurricane Season Experts Available

The 2018 hurricane season starts June 1, and The Nature Conservancy has experts available for interviews on topics like ocean science, climate change, preparing cities and vulnerable communities for future storms, both nature-based and built infrastructure, risk and resilience, federal response to severe storms and more. See areas of expertise detailed below. With offices in 72 countries, The Nature Conservancy is uniquely positioned to provide experts from storm-affected regions. Email to schedule an interview or to request additional information.  


Michael W. Beck is the lead marine scientist for The Nature Conservancy and an adjunct Professor in Ocean Sciences at the University of California Santa Cruz. His work focuses on building coastal resilience in the interface between adaptation and conservation, where he works to reduce risks to people, property and nature. Michael has published multiple national and global studies on the benefits, both protective and financial, of nature-based infrastructure including coral reefs, mangroves and wetlands, which help keep people and nature safer in the face of storm events and rising seas. A full list of his over 20 studies/papers published over the last 5 years can be found here.


Will McGoldrick, director of climate strategy at The Nature Conservancy, can speak about the increased frequency of hurricanes due to climate change, and how communities should properly prepare for a future where hurricanes are more frequent and more intense. He is responsible for coordinating The Nature Conservancy’s efforts to tackle climate change globally.  Based in Hong Kong, he can be a regional spokesperson for the Conservancy’s hurricane response in the Asia Pacific region.

Lynn Scarlett, co-chief external affairs officer and climate strategy lead at The Nature Conservancy, was Deputy Secretary and Chief Operating Officer of the U.S. Department of the Interior during which time she oversaw Interior’s responses to hurricanes and other natural disasters. She also served as the Acting Secretary of the Interior in 2006. Lynn can speak about U.S. policies on climate resilience and natural infrastructure, and how federal, state and local agencies work together to prepare for and respond to hurricanes.


Mark Way, Director of Coastal Risk and Resilience, leads the Conservancy’s coastal risk and resilience strategy. This work focuses on nature-based resilience and involves working closely with leading members of the insurance industry to develop innovative approaches to managing coastal risk.  He and his team are working on issues involving blue carbon, innovative insurance mechanisms, and nature-based coastal resilience. Mark is uniquely positioned to speak to sustainability risk issues and was the lead spokesperson for the Conservancy’s recent announcements of the first-ever trust to fund an insurance policy on a coral reef in Quinata Roo, Mexico, and XL Catlin’s plan to collaborate to, for the first time in history, bring blue carbon credits to market.

Nate Woiwode is the project manager for The Nature Conservancy’s North American Risk Reduction and Resilience team, working to build the business case for creating more resilient communities by employing nature and natural systems in managing flood risk in coastal and riverine communities across the United States. He led the creation of the Naturally Resilient Communities partnership that promotes the use of natural and nature-based solutions to flooding and erosion across the entire United States. He can speak to issues related to nature-based solutions to natural disasters.


Bill Ulfelder, Executive Director of The Nature Conservancy in New York, and Laura Huffman, director of The Nature Conservancy in Texas, are available to speak on a variety of topics related to preparing cities and vulnerable communities for a more resilient future, green vs. grey infrastructure (especially in urban areas), and how cities like New York and Houston are addressing these issues, climate change, urban conservation, stormwater mitigation, and flooding.


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