2011 Year-End Acknowledgements and a Great Start to 2012!

Happy (Belated) New Year!  It is hard to believe that another year has come and gone.  2011 was a banner year for me in aligning my passion with a career involving marine conservation.  I wanted to share two major acknowledgements from December.

2012 is already off to a busy start.  An intern has joined the Georgia Aquarium staff to provide additional project support starting on January 2nd.  On January 18th, I will travel to Boulder, CO, to make a presentation to an undergraduate class at the University of Colorado Boulder interested in supporting the project through the development of case studies where market-based solutions have worked in the marine environment.  Following completion of the workshop “Market Approaches to Coral Reef Restoration: Investigating the Viability,” in early February, major focus will turn to developing several short and long-term business models that could successfully make coral reef conservation self-financing and economically sustainable.  For ongoing updates on progress, please follow me on Twitter (@BrettWHowell).

Sunset in Key West from my trip in December when I attended the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council meeting