Nick oversees Ocean Conservancy’s global portfolio of work on marine debris, including its annual International Coastal Cleanup, the Trash Free Seas Alliance, the Global Ghost Gear Initiative and its science research portfolio on ocean plastics. Nick has extensive field experience researching ocean plastics. His debris-related assignments have taken him from the Great Pacific Garbage Patch to the remote coastlines of Alaska and Indonesia. He has testified before the U.S. Senate on the sources and impacts of ocean plastics, and regularly engages in policy discussions at international fora including APEC and the United Nations. Nick conducted his graduate work at Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment, and he is a frequent media commentator on marine debris. He is based at Ocean Conservancy’s office in Portland, Oregon.