Seth is a marine conservation ecologist, geographer, and political scientist primarily interested in the conservation of biodiversity and international environmental governance. He is currently working on a doctorate in Marine Science & Conservation with Dr. Andy Read, where his research focuses on the design and establishment of marine protected areas, particularly in the Antarctic. Currently, Seth is based at James Cook University in Queensland, Australia, where he is working with Dr. Bob Pressey and the Conservation Planning Group.
Before beginning at Duke University, Seth worked in NOAA Fisheries’ Office of Protected Resources (OPR), where he initially started as a 2014 Sea Grant Knauss Marine Policy Fellow as the special assistant to the Director of OPR before staying on and moving to the Marine Mammal and Sea Turtle Conservation Division. He also worked as a fellow at the U.S. Department of the Interior, and a consultant at the World Wildlife Fund.
Seth completed his Masters of Public Policy (M.P.P.) and Sustainable Development & Conservation Biology (M.Sc.) at the University of Maryland and his undergraduate degree at Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania in geography, political science and French, with a minor in philosophy.
His research is funded by the National Geographic Society, an Endeavour Research Fellowship from the Australian government, and a Chateaubriand Fellowship from the French government. He is also a member of the IUCN's World Commission on Protected Areas.