Rafe Sagarin is Associate Director for Ocean and Coastal Policy at the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions at Duke University. Rafe will lead the Institute’s efforts to improve pathways toward Ecosystem-Based Management of ocean and coastal resources. Rafe is a marine ecologist who has studied responses of marine communities and wetlands to climate change, illegal fishing, pollution and other human impacts. He received his doctorate from the University of California, Santa Barbara where he studied the large-scale distribution of marine organisms on the Pacific coast of North America. He has served as a Geological Society of America Congressional Science Fellow in the office of U.S. Representative Hilda Solis. He has also convened a working group and is publishing a volume on using biological evolution as a guide for improving societal security systems. Rafe has taught ecology and global change science and policy at California State University, Monterey Bay and at University of California, Los Angeles. His research has appeared in Science, Nature, Ecological Monographs, Trends in Ecology and Evolution, Foreign Policy and other leading journals.