Phil Levin is a Professor of Practice at UW and the Lead Scientist for the Nature Conservancy of Washington. In this unique position, his objective is the integration of academic scholarship with practical experience. Levin is a conservation scientist who is interested in bridging the gaps between theory and practice and between social and natural sciences. The main focus of his current work is developing interdisciplinary tools to inform conservation of marine and terrestrial ecosystems and the communities that depend on them.  Prior to joining the Nature Conservancy and University of Washington, he was a Senior Scientist at NOAA Fisheries’ Northwest Fisheries Science Center in Seattle.