Dr. Heidi Weiskel is an American marine ecologist who spent her summers at the Isles of Shoals off the coast of New England, an experience she credits for her lifelong dedication to marine ecology and coastal community protection. She has a BA from Harvard University; an MS from Tufts University; and a PhD from the University of California, Davis, where she studied the effects of nutrient pollution on marine invertebrates. She did her postdoctoral work at the University of Georgia. Heidi was the Director of Pollution Policy at the Pew Oceans Commission, a Research Fellow at the U.S. Marine Mammal Commission, and a member of Surfrider Foundation’s national Engagement Team for Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. Most recently, she was a Staff Scientist with the Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide, where she directed the Marine Program. She has worked as an Environmental Research Fellow at the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague and as a science editor at UNESCO in Paris. She serves as an Advisory Council Member of the Estuary & Ocean Science Center at San Francisco State University, an Advisory Board Member of the Center for Animals and Public Policy at Tufts University, and a Board Member of the Center for Social and Environmental Studies — Observatory for Marine and Coastal Governance in Colombia. She currently leads the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Ocean Team for North America in Washington, DC, and is a member of the IUCN Marine Connectivity Working Group.