Stephen Olsen

Stephen is recognized internationally as a leader in the theory and practice of the ecosystem approach and governance response to ecosystem change. Over the past four decades he has worked with leaders from countries around the world to address issues that matter most to the people of the place. For over 35 years he led the Coastal Resources Center at the University of Rhode Island and currently serves as its Director Emeritus. Recent activities with SustainaMetrix span the analysis of the governance dimensions of environmental conservation and restoration in the Chesapeake Bay Region for the US Fish and Wildlife Service and an assessment of capacity building needs for coral reef management in all seven US coral jurisdictions for the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).