NOAA - Ecosystem Goal Team - To protect, restore and manage the use of coastal and ocean resources through an ecosystem approach to management
Susie Holst is a marine ecologist with over 10 years experience working in coral reefs in the Atlantic/Caribbean, Pacific and Indian Oceans, and is now based in Washington, DC working for the NOS Headquarter's office of NOAA's Coral Reef Conservation Program (CRCP). She received her BS degree in Marine Biology from James Cook University, Australia and completed a MS degree in Marine Science from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington as an EPA STAR graduate research fellow. Her first experience working for NOAA was as a research technician for a coral reef monitoring program in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary in 1999, then after finishing her MS degree she continued working with NOAA in North Carolina as a Port Agent for the Headboat Survey, then moved to Hawaii to work as a marine debris diver to remove derelict fishing gear from the reefs of the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands for NOAA's Coral Reef Ecosystem Division. Next, she spent time in the Maldives working on coral restoration projects after the 2004 tsunami, then moved to Washington DC in 2006 to work as the Assistant Director of Marine Programs at the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation before settling into her current role at NOAA. Susie wears many hats for the CRCP including program analyst responsible for coordinating the Planning and Programming phases of PPBES, vessel coordinator, and evaluation analyst leading the development of a suite of new performance measures for the CRCP based on recommendations from a recent external review of the program. She's also been a scientific diver with NOAA since 2004 and regularly participates in NOAA missions.