About Us

The Reef Resilience Network

For more than 15 years, the Reef Resilience Network has served as a global leader in building the capacity of marine managers to effectively manage, protect, and restore coral reefs and reef fisheries around the world. To achieve this, we connect reef managers and practitioners with peers, experts, and the latest science and strategies, and provide online and hands-on training and implementation support. The Network is a partnership led by The Nature Conservancy that is comprised of more than 2,000 members, and supported by dozens of opens in a new windowpartners and TNC staff, as well as 100s of global experts in coral reefs, fisheries, climate change, and communication who serve as trainers, advisors, and content reviewers.

Our Approach

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Our Impact

For 15 years, the Reef Resilience Network has played a critical role connecting marine managers and practitioners with peers, global experts, tools, and knowledge to innovate and promote solutions for improved management and conservation of coral reefs around the world.


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Meet the Managers

While there are many stories to tell, here is what support from the Network looks like and how it translates into real action for improved coral health.

Meet Our Staff

Petra MacGowan

Petra MacGowan

Director Coral Reef Partnerships, The Nature Conservancy

Petra is responsible for leading the global capacity building efforts of the Network and managing implementation of the NOAA-Coral Reef Conservation Program/TNC partnership to support the efforts of coral reef managers and conservation partners in Florida, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Hawai‘i, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and Guam to protect and sustainably manage their coral reefs. Previously, Petra worked for the State of Hawai‘i Division of Aquatic Resources (DAR) where she managed the State’s coral reef conservation strategies including the planning and implementation of marine managed areas in the Main Hawaiian Islands and the development of community-based management initiatives to enhance enforcement efforts statewide. She holds a Master’s of Marine Affairs from the University of Washington where she conducted her thesis work in Guinea-Bissau, West Africa.

Kristen Maize

Kristen Maize

Reef Resilience Network Manager, The Nature Conservancy

Kristen directs program communications and regional strategies; manages regional partnerships; and builds the capacity of marine managers globally through the design and implementation of Network curriculum. Kristen’s interdisciplinary environmental background is a blend of communication, policy, management, and research. Career highlights include: providing strategic support to community-based management initiatives in Hawai‘i; implementing coral reef social marketing campaigns in Hawai‘i and the Northern Mariana Islands; managing environmental programs for Friends of Virgin Islands National Park; and conducting field and lab research on projects related to coral reef health, endangered species of fish, and incorporating human perception into fisheries management. Kristen has a coastal environmental management master’s degree from Duke University. She is also a professional oil painter.

Dr. Elizabeth Shaver

Dr. Elizabeth Shaver

Reef Resilience Network Science Lead, The Nature Conservancy

Liz spearheads the development of new coral reef resilience science, resources, and partnerships for the Network. She works closely with experts around the world to synthesize and share science-based best practices and support Network trainings and webinars to get information into the hands of reef managers. Liz holds a PhD in Marine Science and Conservation from Duke University, where she conducted field experiments, large-scale reef surveys, and manager questionnaires to identify how ecological interactions affect coral reef management strategies. Her research has included coral predation, climate change and bleaching, multiple stressors, positive species interactions, and the restoration of coral reefs and other marine habitats. Liz looks forward to new partnerships and collaborations to further coral reef restoration and management efforts.

Cherie Wagner

Cherie Wagner

Reef Resilience Network Coordinator, The Nature Conservancy

Cherie coordinates the Network developing the Toolkit, webinars, and trainings to support the efforts of coral reef managers and conservation partners in Florida, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Hawai‘i, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and Guam. Before joining the Global Ocean Team, she worked on a plan for evaluating the environmental sustainability of the organization’s small-scale aquaculture projects at the WorldFish Center in Malaysia. She also worked on assessing the risk of fisheries on coastal species in Vancouver, Canada for the Natural Capital Project. She has a Master’s degree in Marine Affairs from the University of Washington where she focused on marine resource use and community-based marine protected area management in the Philippines. 

Michelle Graulty

Michelle Graulty

Reef Resilience Network Engagement & Operations Specialist, The Nature Conservancy

Michelle liaises with managers, practitioners, and experts; supports the development of resources; and coordinates learning, exchange, and technical support activities for marine managers within the Reef Resilience Network. Before joining The Nature Conservancy, Michelle worked for the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Coral Reef Conservation Program, where she managed education and outreach-related projects. She holds a Master of Professional Science from the University of Miami, where she focused on coral reef ecology and international ocean policy.

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