FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, July 29, 2011
CONTACT: Erin McKenzie
DURHAM, N.C. – For the last six months, the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions’ Director for Ocean and Coastal Policy has been on leave from Duke University, serving as the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s acting chief economist.
On Sept. 1, when Linwood Pendleton officially returns to the Nicholas Institute, he will split his time between both organizations.
“Seventy-five percent of my time will be devoted to work at Duke and the other 25 percent for tasks at NOAA,” said Pendleton. “This continued posting allows me to contribute to the mission of NOAA while bringing Nicholas Institute expertise on ecosystem services and policy directly into ocean policy making. I’ll do this as I continue to build an ocean and coastal program at Duke—working with some of the best minds in ocean science and helping to train our future policy makers.”
Pendleton will now be based at the Nicholas Institute’s Washington, D.C. office where he will continue work focused on marine and coastal economics. This includes projects that rethink the operation, maintenance and management funding of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway; explore marine spatial planning for the deep sea; as well as allocate credits for the large accumulation of carbon stored in endangered coastal wetlands, mangroves and salt marshes.
In addition, he will manage the Marine Ecosystem Services Partnership, led by the Nicholas Institute in collaboration with The Ocean Foundation and Duke’s Marine Geospatial Ecology Laboratory, which aims to make marine valuation literature and spatial data freely available.
Work in each of these areas, he said, will influence duties at NOAA calling for him to lead initiatives focused on better understanding how the agency affects societal well being. Specifically, he’ll be co-leading a working group assisting NOAA in weighing the potential consequences of managing coastal habitats for their carbon storage capability and creating a strategy to make ecosystem services a key management principle for the agency.
Pendleton joined the Nicholas Institute in 2009, after appointments at The Ocean Foundation and the Coastal Oceans Value Center as well as teaching positions at the University of California, Los Angeles; the University of Wyoming; and the University of Southern California.
He received his doctoral degree in forestry and environmental study from Yale University in 1997, a master’s degree in public administration from Harvard University and degrees in ecology and biology from Princeton University and The College of William & Mary.