Katie Arkema is a senior scientist at The Natural Capital Project, a partnership between Stanford University, University of Minnesota, World Wildlife Fund and The Nature Conservancy. Katie leads several efforts around the world to develop and use science about how nature benefits people to inform the management of coastal and marine ecosystems. In collaboration with the Belizean government, she led a science team to support the design of a Coastal Zone Management Plan to balance multiple uses, conserve habitats and sustain human well-being. Katie is particularly interested in the ability of coastal ecosystems to protect vulnerable communities from sea level rise and storms, while providing other services such as nursery habitat for fisheries and tourism opportunities. Her research on this topic is informing climate adaptation planning in the United States and Latin America. Katie received her Ph.D. in Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology at the University of California, Santa Barbara and her B.A. in ecology with a minor in Latin American studies from Princeton University. She is a recent recipient of a Fulbright NEXUS scholarship.