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Dr. Tony Charles

St. Mary's University
Director of SMU's School of the Environment
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Dr. Tony Charles is Director of the School of the Environment, and a professor in the Sobey School of Business, at Saint Mary’s University. He specializes in studies of natural resource management, and particularly focuses on the sustainability and resilience of coastal and marine systems, community-based approaches to resource management, and human dimensions of ecosystem-based management and climate change. Dr. Charles leads the global Community Conservation Research Network (www.CommunityConservation.Net), a multi-year project that focuses on local-level conservation, sustainable livelihoods and policy impacts. Dr. Charles is author of the new book Governance in Marine Fisheries and Biodiversity Conservation, and is a Pew Fellow in Marine Conservation, a Gulf of Maine Visionary Award winner, a Senior Research Fellow of the International Ocean Institute, and a member of the Fisheries Expert Group in IUCN’s Commission on Ecosystem Management. He has been an advisor to the United Nations (FAO), the OECD, the World Trade Organization, the Canadian and Nova Scotian governments, and a range of coastal communities in Atlantic Canada.