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Matt is a research associate supporting NOAA Fisheries Office of Science and Technology in marine protected species science issues related to climate change and climate variability. He currently coordinates climate vulnerability assessments for marine mammals and sea turtles, studying which populations are the most vulnerable to climate change and what factors drive that vulnerability. Previously, he contributed to the development of the National Fish, Wildlife, and Plants Climate Adaptation Strategy as a Knauss Marine Policy Fellow with the National Ocean Service. He has shared his passion for the outdoors as an environmental educator at the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher and along the beaches, marshes, and blackwater rivers of southeastern North Carolina. Matt received his Masters of Science in Marine Science and Bachelors in Marine Biology from the University of North Carolina Wilmington.