Dr. Mark Erdmann

Dr. Mark Erdmann

Senior Advisor, CI-Indonesia Marine Program

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Dr. Mark Erdmann’s primary focus is managing CI’s marine conservation initiatives in the Bird’s Head Seascape in West Papua. Mark is a coral reef ecologist (Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley) who has lived and worked for the past 20 years in Indonesia. During this time he has logged nearly 10,000 scuba dives, published 107 scientific articles and four books. In 2004, Mark was awarded a Pew Fellowship in Marine Conservation for his work in marine conservation education and training for Indonesian schoolchildren, members of the press, and the law enforcement community. Though his work is now largely focused on the management of marine protected areas, his continuing research interests include reef fish and mantis shrimp biodiversity, genetic connectivity in MPA networks, and coral reef restoration techniques. Mark now lives with his wife and three children in Bali, and maintains a deep personal commitment to do whatever is necessary to ensure his children will be able to enjoy the same high-quality underwater experiences that continue to provide the inspiration for his dedication to the marine environment. Learn more.

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