Marine ecologist Phil Levin began a joint role at the University of Washington's College of the Environment and The Nature Conservancy in 2016. He is one of only two "professors of practice" at UW and is also tackling a lead science role at the Conservancy. Levin was formerly a senior scientist at NOAA Fisheries, and currently works on many projects, including The Conservancy's Emerald Edge project, the Ocean Modeling Forum and with Washington Sea Grant's Melissa Poe looking at the impacts of ocean acidification on culture, particularly tribes.