The 2006 Rosenstiel School awarded, Dr. Tundi Agardy, is executive director of Sound Seas (Bethesda, MD). Dr. Agardy has more than 20 years of experience working on coastal resource management, marine protected area planning, fishery and other resource management, and capacity building at local, regional, and national levels. She has worked as a team leader and project manager on assignments in the Black Sea region, North, West, and East Africa, Melanesia, the western Pacific, and throughout the Caribbean Basin, for the World Bank, the United National Development Program, and several bilateral organizations, such as USAID. In addition to her technical qualifications, much of her work has focused on institutional strengthening, including training, community development, marketing, and public information campaigns around coastal planning and natural resource management.
Most recently, Dr. Agardy has led the way in three notable projects: Bridging Scales in Marine Resource Management, a set of initiatives that help to promote truly effective marine conservation by improving the interface between public policy and community-based conservation at a more localized level; the 2005 Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, a global assessment of the world’s coastal systems; and Focusing Marine Research on Information for Management, a collection of projects with the world Bank, the Nature Conservancy, and the National Academies of Science to steer marine research in a useful direction for coastal management.
Dr. Agardy earned her bachelor’s of degree in biology at Wellesley College, her master’s in fisheries management (1985) and doctorate biological sciences (1989), both from the University of Rhode Island.
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