Patrick Christie is an environmental sociologist with strong interest in the human dimensions of marine conservation employing marine protected areas, ecosystem-based management and conservation fishing technologies. He holds a Ph.D. in Natural Resources and Environment, is professor at the University of Washington and jointly-appointed in the Jackson School of International Studies. He is editor of the Human dimensions component of Puget Sound Encyclopedia and editor-in-chief of the journal of Coastal Management. Patrick has led various comparative, socio-ecological research projects in the U.S., Philippines, Indonesia and Latin America to inform the practice of marine resource management. He regularly provides technical advice on the human dimensions of marine conservation to the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization, World Bank, USAID and other governmental and non-governmental environmental organisations.