Pacific Senior Counsel, Oceana
Michael LeVine is Pacific Senior Counsel for Oceana. He came to Juneau as a summer intern from Duke in 1999 and fell in love with Southeast Alaska. He moved back permanently in 2002 and still feels lucky every day to live, work, and raise his son among the mountains, waters, and people of Alaska.
At Oceana, Michael works to bring comprehensive, science-based management and stewardship to choices about the Pacific and Arctic large marine ecosystems.
Michael is a recognized expert on the regulation of offshore oil and gas activities, fisheries management, and the U.S. Arctic. He helped lead a broad coalition effort to protect the U.S. Arctic Ocean from the potential impacts of oil and gas leasing and exploration, has testified before Congress on multiple occasions, and has published a series of legal and scientific articles. Michael also helps to coordinate Oceana’s work on energy and fisheries issues along the west coast.
Michael relies on the background that he garnered as a joint-degree student in the Nicholas School and Duke Law School as he works to bridge the gap between science, law, and policy to help better inform decisions about our oceans.
Outside of work, Michael sits on the City and Borough of Juneau’s Planning Commission, was a member of Governor Bill Walker’s transition team, has been on the board of the local homeless shelter, and tries to get outside to hike, fish, hunt, and explore as much as he can.
Even from across the continent, I still feel connected to the Nicholas School and to Duke. My career has been shaped by the interdisciplinary education and encouragement to think creatively that I received at Duke, and I value tremendously the lasting friendships built during my four years on campus. "