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The Nature Conservancy Announces New Palmyra Station Director

Aerial view of TNC's field station on Palmyra.
Field Station A look at The Nature Conservancy's Palmyra Field Station from above. © Kydd Pollock/TNC

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Ryan Wagner Ryan is the Palmyra Station Director for The Nature Conservancy Hawai’i and Palmyra. © Courtesy Ryan Wagner

The Nature Conservancy (TNC) Hawai‘i and Palmyra is pleased to announce that Ryan Wagner has been selected as the new Palmyra Station Director.

Wagner brings extensive experience as a mariner and captain leading complex operations at sea and on land in Hawai‘i and across the Pacific. He has worked within Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument at Midway, Kure and Johnston Atolls and served as TNC’s chief of marine operations at Palmyra from 2008 to 2009.

“Ryan’s extensive experience managing complex operations, strong leadership skills and meticulous attention to detail will be a tremendous asset to our Palmyra program,” says Trevor Taylor, TNC’s director of conservation. “His leadership will improve operational efficiencies at TNC’s research station at Palmyra Atoll, enabling the smooth execution of globally important science projects as well as ensuring safe and effective facilities operations.”

Wagner’s past experience includes conducting coral repairs after vessel groundings, maintaining large wave energy buoys and supporting remote offshore research projects. He has worked from Alaska to Canada, was a fisherman in the Bering Sea, captained commercial diving and mapping projects with Sea Engineering and, most recently, managed a fleet of modern harbor tugboats.

“I’m honored and thrilled to rejoin the TNC family,” says Wagner. “Palmyra left an impression on me, and 14 years after my rotation, many of my contacts and friendships remain in place. I can’t wait to get started.”

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The Nature Conservancy is a global non-profit organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. Informed by science and guided by traditional values and practices, we apply innovative, nature-based solutions to our world’s toughest challenges so that nature and people can thrive. TNC has forged partnerships to manage 14 preserves and other sites in Hawai‘i and Palmyra Atoll, working with government, private parties and communities to protect Hawai‘i’s and Palmyra’s forests and coral reefs for their ecological value and for the many benefits they provide to people. Visit nature.org/HawaiiPalmyra.

The Nature Conservancy is a global conservation organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. Guided by science, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world’s toughest challenges so that nature and people can thrive together. We are tackling climate change, conserving lands, waters and oceans at an unprecedented scale, providing food and water sustainably and helping make cities more sustainable. Working in more than 70 countries and territories, we use a collaborative approach that engages local communities, governments, the private sector, and other partners. To learn more, visit nature.org or follow @nature_press on Twitter.