Doug Rader

Doug Rader

Doug has been part of the North Carolina environmental movement since 1985, serving as senior scientist for EDF in North Carolina since 1988, with a major focus on water quality, coastal habitat and wetlands protection, rare and endangered species conservation, and sustainable fisheries management. He had formerly worked for the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources in the Divisions of Coastal Management and Environmental Management, and was the first director of the Albemarle-Pamlico National Estuary Program. He twice served as interim director of the NC EDF office, and otherwise managed EDF’s coastal work in the Mid-Atlantic, Atlantic Southeast, and Caribbean regions. Doug served as EDF’s Chief Oceans Scientist for more than 20 years, working on building climate-ready coastal and marine ecosystems in many countries around the world. Today he works part-time advising EDF leadership on the scientific aspects of policies and programs affecting oceans, with a strong focus on climate adaptation and resilience, and a strong personal interest in human community wellbeing. He has done extensive work with multilateral institutions as well as place-based work in the European Union, Mexico, Peru, Chile, Belize, Cuba, China, Japan, Indonesia, Myanmar, the Philippines, and the Pacific Islands. Rader is a multi-generational native North Carolinian, with strong interests in the natural and cultural heritage of the state and the region. He is an avid scuba diver and amateur historian, genealogist, and archaeologist.

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