Seth Sykora-Bodie
Student

Seth is a conservation scientist and geographer in the Marine Science & Conservation program, where his research interests broadly revolve around conservation planning, environmental decision-making, social-ecological systems, and international environmental governance. His doctoral work focuses on global efforts to establish a network of marine protected areas (MPAs) in Antarctica, which he has pursued by investigating questions about how social and ecological processes interact to shape conservation outcomes and the factors that influence the design and negotiation of MPAs. He does this by drawing on the fields of conservation science, geography, collaborative governance, and political science, and by using interdisciplinary methods such as participatory mapping, surveys, interviews, and expert elicitation.

Previously, Seth was a Knauss Marine Policy Fellow, worked for NOAA Fisheries’ Office of Protected Resources, at the World Wildlife Fund, and at the U.S. Department of the Interior. He holds Masters’ of Public Policy and Sustainable Development & Conservation Biology from the University of Maryland, and undergraduate degrees in political science, geography, and French at Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania. Seth is also a member of the IUCN’s World Commission on Protected Areas, and he enjoys playing soccer, beach volleyball, sailing, diving, horseback riding, reading, and photography.

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