Phil Levin, Ph.D.

Adjunct Professor, School of Marine and Environmental Affairs

Professor of Practice, School of Environmental and Forest Sciences

Research areas

Phil Levin is a Professor of Practice at UW and the Lead Scientist for the Nature Conservancy of Washington. In this unique position, his objective is the integration of academic scholarship with practical experience. Levin is a conservation scientist who is interested in bridging the gaps between theory and practice and between social and natural sciences. The main focus of his current work is developing interdisciplinary tools to inform conservation of marine and terrestrial ecosystems and the communities that depend on them. Prior to joining the Nature Conservancy and University of Washington, he was a Senior Scientist at NOAA Fisheries’ Northwest Fisheries Science Center in Seattle.

Selected publications

IC Kaplan, TB Francis, AE Punt, LE Koehn, E Curchitser, F Hurtado-Ferro, …2019. A multi-model approach to understanding the role of Pacific sardine in the California Current food web. Marine Ecology Progress Series 617: 307-321.  Link

C Dawson, PS Levin. 2019. Moving the ecosystem-based fisheries management mountain begins by shifting small stones: A critical analysis of EBFM on the US West Coast. Marine Policy 100: 58-65.  Link

KN Marshall, LE Koehn, PS Levin, TE Essington, OP Jensen, …2018. Inclusion of ecosystem information in US fish stock assessments suggests progress toward ecosystem-based fisheries management. ICES Journal of Marine Science 76(1): 1-9.  Link

R Voss, MF Quaas, JO Schmidt, MT Stoeven, TB Francis, PS Levin, …2018. Quantifying the benefits of spatial fisheries management–An ecological-economic optimization approach. Ecological Modeling 385: 165-172.  Link

AE Punt, DK Okamoto, AD MacCall, AO Shelton, DR Armitage, JS Cleary, …2018. When are estimates of spawning stock biomass for small pelagic fishes improved by taking spatial structure into account? Fisheries Research 206: 65-78.  Link