Michelle Paddack, Ph.D

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Michelle J. Paddack, Ph.D. is a senior conservation scientist with Oceanic Society and has been investigating coral reef fish ecology in the Caribbean since 1999.  She earned her Ph.D. in 2005 at the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, conducting her dissertation research on the ecological interplay between herbivorous fishes and the changing coral reef environment.  

She earned her Master's degree at the University of California at Santa Cruz by conducting one the first studies evaluating the effect of marine reserves for kelp forest fishes; a project that benefited from the assistance of Oceanic Society participants on Monterey Bay expeditions that she co-led with Nicole Crane. Prior to this, she worked for California Department of Fish and Game, where she was strongly involved in the science and policy of implementing marine protected areas along the California coast. She currently teaches biology at Santa Barbara City College. She is co-principal investigator for the Belize coral reef health project and the Ulithi reef conservation project.