ELAW’s new Staff Scientist, Heidi Weiskel, is in Belize this week, working with ELAW partners to protect the Mesoamerican Reef. She is joined by Lori Maddox, ELAW Associate Director.

Watch the ELAW Spotlight for posts from Heidi and Lori in the week ahead!

Heidi brings valuable expertise in marine and coastal ecology to ELAW.  She received an M.S.  with honors from Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine and a BA from Harvard.  She is currently completing a Ph.D.  in Ecology from the University of California at Davis, where she studied the effects of nutrient pollution on marine species.

“I am thrilled to join the ELAW team,” says Heidi.  “I look forward to working with our partners around the world on strengthening protection for living marine resources and the coastal communities that depend on them.”

In addition to her field research experience, Heidi also worked on the staff of the Pew Oceans Commission to develop recommendations for Congress to improve national marine resource laws and regulations.  She also worked as an environmental policy research fellow at the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague and has worked with scientists in Cuba, Panama, and Argentina.  She is fluent in Spanish, and also speaks some French and Russian.

Maggie Keenan
ELAW Communications Director