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Eric Mielbrecht, M.S.
Directing Scientist & Director of Operations
Eric Mielbrecht, Directing Scientist and Director of Operations, is an EcoAdapt co-founder and specializes in assessing anthropogenic stresses and the risks they pose in natural and built environments. He is particularly interested in bridging gaps between research, decision-making processes and action – all with strong stakeholder involvement.

Eric now also wears the operations director hat at EcoAdapt and helps with ‘the work that needs to get done to get the work done.’ However, he is occasionally let out of the office and plays a key role in climate change vulnerability assessment and adaptation strategy development processes, stakeholder workshop facilitation, and doing other helpful things. Recent endeavors include the North American Marine Protected Area Rapid Vulnerability Assessment Tool for the Commission for Environmental Cooperation and the biennial National Adaptation Forum. Eric is also a founding Board member of the American Society of Adaptation Professionals and participates in the North Pacific Landscape Conservation Cooperative Science and Traditional Ecological Knowledge subcommittee.

Eric considers himself lucky to have had the chance to work with many great organizations over the years, including Emerald Coast Environmental Consulting, U.S. EPA Global Change Research Program, World Wildlife Fund, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the University of California, the University of West Florida, Pensacola State College, and S. R. Hansen & Associates. Eric earned a B.A. in biology and a M.S. in Marine Sciences from the University of California Santa Cruz. He now strives to do less operations stuff and more research - and as much sailing and backpacking with his family as possible - but he finds it a small price to pay to be able to work with EcoAdapt’s wonderful staff doing great things.