Dr. Michael Beck is the lead marine scientist for The Nature Conservancy and an adjunct Professor in Ocean Sciences at the University of California Santa Cruz. Mike works on coastal marine conservation in 5 continents across science, business and policy to bring clear tools and results to decision-makers. Mike focuses on building coastal resilience in the interface between adaptation and conservation, where he works to reduce risks to people, property and nature. Mike has authored more than sixty peer-reviewed science articles, and published numerous popular articles, including Op-eds in the Miami Herald, NY Times, Huffington Post and Caribbean Journal. Mike has served on advisory boards and panels for NOAA, EPA and the National Academy of Sciences. He has bee a Pew Marine Conservation Fellow, a Fulbright Fellow and an Australian Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Sydney. (no other hi res photo of author and they are ok with using this photo of Dr. Beck.