Blue Parks Science Intern
Ethan graduated from the University of Virginia with a BA in Biology and Environmental Science, which included field research and study in San Salvador, Bahamas on coral reef and nearshore ecosystems. From there, he went on to complete a MS in Marine Biology at Nova Southeastern University. While there, Ethan conducted field research on the Belize Barrier Reef, the Great Barrier Reef, and the Florida Reef Tract. He was a member of the Fisheries Lab with research ranging from GIS mapping of longline fisheries satellite tags to investigating the role of corridors in coral reef fish recruitment. His primary research subject was habitat modeling for rainbow parrotfish, and examining the relationship of this species with the abiotic factors of mangrove ecosystems. Most recently, Ethan worked at a non-profit, SeaPlan, focusing on ocean policy and management, specifically in relation to marine ecosystem services valuation models, marine spatial planning, and offshore wind energy development.
Ethan loves the outdoors and has always had a fascination for the oceans. He hopes to further his knowledge in this realm and convey this passion in a positive way towards protection of these fragile and sensitive ecosystems through the Blue Parks initiative.