Phillip Mohebalian, PhD.
Postdoctoral Conservation Scientist
World Wildlife Fund
Phillip is a Post-doctoral Conservation Scientist working with the MPAMystery team at World Wildlife Fund. His focus is to better understand of the social impacts of Marine Protected Areas (MPA) in Indonesia's Sunda Banda Seascape. The ultimate goal of his research is to identify features in the design of conservation programs that provide the greatest ecological and social benefits. Prior to working for the WWF, Phillip was stationed in Ecuador while collecting data for his dissertation which evaluated the impact of Ecuador’s Socio Bosque Program. Phillip also gained a field-level understanding of rural-livelihoods and development in forested landscapes while serving as an agroforestry extension volunteer in the U.S. Peace Corps in Paraguay.