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Co-Director, Marine Protection Atlas (Seattle, WA)

Prior to coming to Marine Conservation Institute, Russell worked in Hawaii with the NOAA Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center, conducting oceanographic and ecological research at coral reef ecosystems across the Pacific, including places where Marine Conservation Institute has worked for decades to protect such as the Pacific Remote Island Areas and Papahānaumokuākea. Russell has also conducted reef biodiversity assessments with the Census of Marine Life (CoML) Census of Coral Reefs project and developed and deployed a standardized method to assess cryptic biodiversity on reefs worldwide using advanced molecular techniques. Russell is particularly interested in the interactions between marine biological communities and their physical environments and how those processes are affected by climate change. At Marine Conservation Institute, Russell works on identifying areas in need of protection, and leads our Marine Protection Atlas team in communicating global marine conservation progress at mpatlas.org.

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