Petra MacGowan

Petra MacGowan is the Reef Resilience Program Manager for the Global Marine Team of The Nature Conservancy. She is responsible for leading the global capacity building efforts of the Reef Resilience Program and managing the implementation of the NOAA-Coral Reef Conservation Program/TNC partnership to support the efforts of coral reef managers and conservation partners in Florida, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Hawaii, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and Guam to protect and sustainably manage their coral reefs. Previously, Petra worked for the State of Hawaii Division of Aquatic Resources (DAR) where she managed the State’s coral reef conservation strategies including the planning and implementation of marine managed areas in the Main Hawaiian Islands and the development of community-based management initiatives to enhance enforcement efforts statewide. She received her degree in Environmental Studies at St. Lawrence University, with a concentration in Economics in 1998. She went on to earn a Master’s of Marine Affairs from the University of Washington in 2006 where she conducted her thesis work in Guinea-Bissau, West Africa. She joined the Nature Conservancy in 2011.


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Reef Resilience Toolkit: New Tools Build Resilience into Coral Reef Management

Large amounts of data are available for coral reef conservationists. The problem is that many reef managers don’t have the time to access said data. Enter the Reef Resilience Toolkit.

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This Week on Cool Green Science: Change & The Eastern U.S. Forest

Too many deer. Logging one tree to save another. Beavers versus old growth. Welcome to forest conservation in the Anthropocene. Beginning Monday, July 21, join us for a provocative 5-part series exploring the full complexity facing forest conservation in the eastern United States.

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Osprey Cam: Watch Our Wild Neighbors
Watch the ospreys live 24/7 as they nest and raise their young -- and learn more about these fascinating birds from our scientist.

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Investing in Seagrass
Marine scientists and fishers alike know that grass beds are valuable as nursery habitat. A new Conservancy-funded study puts a number to it.

Drones Aid Bird Conservation
How can California conservationists accurately count thousands of cranes? Enter a new tool in bird monitoring: the drone.

Creating a Climate-Smart Agriculture
Can farmers globally both adapt to and mitigate the impacts of climate change? A new paper answers with a definitive yes. But it won't be easy.

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