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Michael W. Beck

Lead Marine Scientist for The Nature Conservancy and a Research Professor at the University of California Santa Cruz

Dr. Michael W. Beck is the Lead Marine Scientist for The Nature Conservancy and an Research Professor at the University of California Santa Cruz. Mike works on marine conservation across science, business and policy to bring clear tools and results to decision-makers.  He focuses on building coastal resilience and aims to reduce risks to people, property and nature. His approach is multi-disciplinary across ecology, engineering and economics. Mike has authored more than sixty peer-reviewed science articles covering topics from the role of coral reefs in reducing risks from storms to the effects of people on extinctions of Pleistocene mammals. He has also published numerous popular articles including Op-eds in the NY Times, The Hill, Miami Herald, The Scientist and the Huffington Post. He has been a Fulbright Fellow and Pew Marine Conservation Fellow. You can find more on his work at www.nature.org/MikeBeck

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