Phaedra Doukakis-Leslie, PhD
Phaedra Doukakis-Leslie is Academic Coordinator and Lecturer for the Masters of Advanced Studies program in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation Program at Scripps and a Scientist at NOAA NMFS Southwest Regional Office. Dr. Doukakis has held positions at Stony Brook University’s Institute for Ocean Conservation Science, the University of Miami’s Pew Institute for Ocean Science and the Wildlife Conservation Society and performed consulting work for major conservation non-profits and foundations. Phaedra holds a B.S. in Biology (1994) from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and a Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (2000) from Yale University. Her research focuses on conservation of sturgeons and other fishes through the application of genetic and field studies. She further works to translate science into policy, most notably through the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES). Dr. Doukakis has studied broad marine conservation topics, including fisheries and marine park management in West Africa and Madagascar, ecosystem-based management, and sustainable seafood certification systems. She has published over 30 papers on sturgeon biology, conservation and management in addition to numerous manuscripts on marine conservation.