New Director of Ocean and Coastal Policy Named at Duke University’s Nicholas Institute

New Director of Ocean and Coastal Policy Named at Duke University’s Nicholas Institute

Contact: Tim Lucas, (919) 613-8084,, or Linwood Pendleton,

September 17, 2009

DURHAM, N.C. – Linwood Pendleton has been appointed director of ocean and coastal policy at Duke University’s Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions.

Prior to joining the Nicholas Institute, Pendleton was senior fellow and director of economic research at The Ocean Foundation in Washington, D.C., and director of the Coastal Ocean Values Center in North Sandwich, N.H.

An expert on marine and coastal economics, he is widely cited for his use of empirical methods to understand the effects of environmental change on economic uses of the ocean. He has published numerous studies on coastal and marine recreation in the United States and Caribbean, the historic purse seine fishery of southern California, marine fisheries in Panama and Brazil, and the effects of climate change on recreational fishing in New England.

Pendleton received a doctoral degree in Forestry and Environmental Study from Yale University in 1997. He holds a masters degree in public administration from Harvard University and a master of arts in ecology from Princeton University.

Before joining the staffs of The Ocean Foundation and Coastal Oceans Values Center, he was associate professor of environmental science and engineering at UCLA, assistant professor of economics and finance at the University of Wyoming, and assistant professor of economics at the University of Southern California.

“Linwood Pendleton is respected in the academic and non-academic communities as an economist and for his ability to bring people together around complicated environmental issues,” says Nicholas Institute Director Tim Profeta. “He has the vision, the scientific insight, and the experience needed to lead our initiatives at this critical time for ocean and coastal legislation.”

As the Nicholas Institute’s new director for ocean and coastal policy, Pendleton will be based at the Duke University Marine Laboratory in Beaufort, N.C.