Oceans and Coasts

Lynne Zeitlin Hale

Lynne Zeitlin Hale

Senior Marine Conservation Fellow

Lynne Zeitlin Hale is TNC’s Asia Pacific Senior Marine Conservation Fellow. Lynne served as The Nature Conservancy’s Managing Director for Oceans from 2003 until January of this year. Over that 12 year period, she led the transformation of TNC from its near exclusive focus on terrestrial conservation to TNC now being widely recognized as one of the world’s leading marine conservation organizations. As Senior Fellow, Lynne is focused on marine programs in Asia Pacific, the region with greatest marine biodiversity coupled with greatest human dependence on the ocean. Lynne also currently serves as a Trustee for the Marine Stewardship Council.

Over the course of her TNC tenure, she has focused and published on integrating science and policy work with “in-the-water” conservation and restoration in the United States and more than 30 countries in Asia, Oceana, the Caribbean, South America, and Africa. Areas of focus and publication include Sustainable Fisheries, Integrated Ocean Management, and Climate Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction. Previously, as the Associate Director of the Coastal Resources Center at the University of Rhode Island, Lynne played a leadership role in the design and implementation of integrated coastal management programs in the United States, South America, Asia, and Africa, as well as global outreach and training programs. From 1978-84 she served as Fisheries Adviser to the Alaska Native Foundation.

Lynne has served on multiple International Advisory Panels related to ocean conservation. In 2008, her contributions to marine conservation were recognized when she received NOAA (the US Ocean Agency) Walter B, Jones Memorial Award as the U.S. Coastal Steward of the Year.

Ms. Hale has an M.S. in biological oceanography from the University of Rhode Island, Graduate School of Oceanography and a B.A. in Zoology from the University of Pennsylvania.

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Fitzsimons, J.A., Hale, L., Hancock, B. & Beck, M.W. (2015). Developing a marine conservation program in temperate Australia: determining priorities for action. Australian Journal of Maritime & Ocean Affairs, 7, 85–93.

Gillies, C.L., Fitzsimons, J.A., Branigan, S., Hale, L., Hancock, B., Creighton, C., Alleway, H., Bishop, M.J., Brown, S., Chamberlain, D., Cleveland, B., Crawford, C., Crawford, M., Diggles, B., Ford, J.R., Hamer, P., Hart, A., Johnston, E., McDonald, T., McLeod, I., Pinner, B., Russell, K. & Winstanley, R. (2015). Scaling-up marine restoration efforts in Australia. Ecol. Manag. Restor, 16, 84–85.

Koss, R., Wescott, G., Fitzsimons, J. & Hale, L. (2015). “Bright spots” for estuary management in temperate Southern Australia. Australian Journal of Maritime & Ocean Affairs, 7, 94–107.


Spalding, M.D., Ruffo, S., Lacambra, C., Meliane, I., Hale, L.Z., Shepard, C.C. & Beck, M.W. (2014). The role of ecosystems in coastal protection: adapting to climate change and coastal hazards. Ocean & Coastal Management, 90, 50–57.

Tallis, H. & Lubchenco, J., et al. (2014). Working together: a call for inclusive conservation. Nature, 515, 27–28.


Spalding, M.D., Meliane, I., Milam, A., Fitzgerald, C. & Hale, L.Z. (2013). Protecting marine spaces: global targets and changing approaches. Ocean Yearbook Online, 27, 213–248.


Hale, L.Z., Meliane, I., Davidson, S., Sandwith, T., Beck, M., Hoekstra, J., Spalding, M., Murawski, S., Cyr, N., Osgood, K., Hatziolos, M., Eijk, P. van, Davidson, N., Eichbaum, W., Dreus, C., Obura, D., Tamelander, J., Herr, D., McClennen, C. & Marshall, P. (2009). Ecosystem-based adaptation in coastal and marine ecosystems. Renewable Resources Journal, 25, 21–28.


Hale, L.Z. (2004). Conservation across the water’s edge and beyond. IMPACT, 6, 13–16.

Torell, E.C., Amaral, M., Bayer, T.G., Daffa, J., Luhikula, G. & Hale, L.Z. (2004). Building enabling conditions for integrated coastal management at the national scale in Tanzania. Ocean & Coastal Management, Coastal Management Practices in the Western Indian Ocean Region, 47, 339–359.


Diamond, N.K., Squillante, L. & Hale, L.Z. (2003). Cross currents: navigating gender and population linkages for integrated coastal management. Marine Policy, Emerging Issues in Oceans, Coasts and Islands, 27, 325–331.

Wang, Y., Bonynge, G., Nugranad, J., Traber, M., Ngusaru, A., Tobey, J., Hale, L., Bowen, R. & Makota, V. (2003). Remote sensing of mangrove change along the Tanzania coast. Marine Geodesy, 26, 35–48.


Hale, L.Z., Amaral, M., Issa, A.S. & Mwandotto, B.A.J. (2000). Catalyzing coastal management in Kenya and Zanzibar: building capacity and commitment. Coastal Management, 28, 75–85.


Hale, L.Z. (1999). Achieving integration in coastal management: the challenge of linking national and local levels of government. Korea Observer, 30, 671–690.

Lynne Zeitlin Hale

Senior Marine Conservation Fellow