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Director, New York Seascape
Dr. Merry Camhi is the Director of WCS’s New York Seascape, a joint program of the New York Aquarium and the Global Marine Program. Launched in July 2010 as the first WCS seascape in North America, this initiative seeks to raise public awareness and take action to conserve threatened marine wildlife in the New York Bight, through conservation research, citizen science and education, and advocacy to improve management policies. Current New York Seascape projects include acoustic and satellite tagging of sharks to better understand their movements and habitat needs in the Mid Atlantic and development of a management plan for American eel and alewife in the Bronx River. Merry has worked in marine conservation since receiving her Ph.D. in Ecology from Rutgers University, where she studied sea turtles in Costa Rica and Georgia. She then worked for ten years as a scientist and then assistant director of Audubon’s Living Oceans Program. Her efforts have focused on domestic and international conservation and management of large ocean fishes, and sharks in particular. She has been a member of the IUCN Shark Specialist Group since 1994, and previously served as Deputy Chair and co-editor of Shark News. In 2007, she was the Content Coordinator for the American Museum of Natural History’s exhibition Water: H20 = Life. Her most recent publications are a co-authored IUCN report The Conservation Status of Pelagic Sharks and Rays (2009), and the co-edited book Sharks of the Open Ocean (Wiley-Blackwell, 2008).
Regional Director of the Southeast Asia Archipelago region
For over 16 years Tom Clements has worked on forest policy and biodiversity conservation in Southeast Asia, leading on the design of policy interventions, REDD+ and sustainable landscapes, development of Payments for Ecosystem Services (PES) and impact evaluation for the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS). He has designed and managed programmes funded by most major donors (AFD, Danida, DFID, GEF, Germany, UNDP, USAID, World Bank), spent 3 years as the Chief Technical Advisor on a full-size UNDP/GEF project, and published extensively. From 2009-2011, at the invitation of the Cambodian government, he led on the design of the Cambodia National REDD+ Programme (World Bank/UN-REDD). Over the same period Tom also worked on a PhD at the University of Cambridge, which evaluated the impact of PES and protected areas on forests and local livelihoods in Cambodia. From 2012 he has managed the Cambodia program for WCS and in 2014 he moved to be Regional Director of the Southeast Asia Archipelago for WCS, covering Indonesia, Malaysia and Marine.

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