Elizabeth Selig

Deputy Director

Specialties: Managing Ocean Risk, Oceans and the Future of Food, Reducing Illegal Fishing & Slavery in the Seafood Sector, Science Communication, Small-Scale Fisheries & Tech, Sustainable Ocean Economies

Elizabeth Selig’s work focuses on analyzing how changes in ecosystem health will affect ecosystem services and human well-being, evaluating the success of management tools to effectively manage ocean resources, and developing integrated socio-ecological assessments of ocean health.  She has more than 10 years experience working with international organizations including Conservation International, where she was the Senior Director of Marine Science.  Elizabeth has also worked at the Smithsonian Institution, the World Resources Institute, where she co-authored Reefs at Risk in Southeast Asia and the Norwegian Institute for Water Research.  Her Ph.D. at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill focused on how global climate change may affect coral reef health and which management strategies can be useful for mitigating coral loss.  Elizabeth is a lead author on the forthcoming global assessment of the International Panel on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES).  She has led or co-authored more than 30 peer-reviewed publications on the topics of marine ecology and conservation, fisheries, coral reefs, climate change, and marine protected areas.