Jeff is Director of High Seas Program at Marine Conservation Institute and co-lead on its Surveillance and Enforcement of Remote Maritime Areas (SERMA) project. Previously, for three years he was a senior scientific advisor on marine protected areas (MPAs) for the German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation. He has also consulted widely, recently for marine planning projects in West Africa, Canada, and Europe. He serves on the IUCN World Commission on Protected areas as Advisor on MPA Design, Tools, and Software, and also serves as a Scientific Advisor on the High Seas MPA Task Force. He is a co-founder and current President of the Board for the Pacific Marine Analysis and Research Association (PacMARA.org) in British Columbia, Canada. He has worked in the fishing sector, NGO sector, in federal government, and within international conventions. Most recently, he is an active member of the Global Ocean Biodiversity Initiative (GOBI.org), serving on its Scientific Steering Committee. A specialist in marine spatial planning, systematic conservation design, and international maritime policy, a central theme throughout his work is the bridging of marine science with policy development.