Gulf of Mexico Restoration Campaign
Ryan Fikes is a trained biologist with expertise in coastal ecology and habitat restoration, and serves as Staff Scientist for NWF's Gulf Restoration Campaign. In this role, he provides in-house scientific expertise to identify and evaluate restoration projects in the Gulf of Mexico that are scientifically sound, integrate with other projects, and have measurable milestones and outcomes. In addition, he advises the campaign on issues associated with the effects of the Gulf Oil Spill on habitats and wildlife, assists in evaluating the merits of state and national Gulf restoration plans, and helps to prioritize various restoration projects.
Prior to this position Ryan served as Deputy Director for the Gulf of Mexico Foundation, where he worked to conserve, protect, and restore vital ecosystems of the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean. Through management of strategic partnerships, including the Gulf of Mexico Community-based Restoration Partnership and the Habitat Conservation & Restoration Team of the Governor's Gulf of Mexico Alliance, Ryan worked to leverage existing resources to promote and facilitate conservation of the health and productivity of these ecosystems and their resources.
His past research experience includes the Harte Research Institute, the Center for Coastal Studies, Texas Parks & Wildlife Department's Coastal Fisheries Division, the Pollution Prevention Partnership, and as a fellow for the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Bocas del Toro, Panama. He obtained both his BS and MS in marine biology from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi.