Dr. Todd Capson works as a Science & Policy Advisor to the Global Oceans Health Program. Todd has over twelve years experience in Latin America developing policies and programs to strengthen marine protected areas, build capacity for scientific research, and improve fisheries management. Todd was a AAAS Diplomacy Fellow in the Office of Marine Conservation and the Office of Ocean and Polar Affairs at the U.S. Department of State where he led efforts to build capacity for shark conservation and management in the eastern Pacific Ocean. He worked at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute and the MarViva Foundation where he spearheaded efforts to protect Panama's Coiba National Park through legislation, fisheries regulations, outreach, and the designation of the park as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Todd has a Ph.D. in Medicinal Chemistry from the University of Utah and was a National Institutes of Health Postdoctoral Fellow at the Pennsylvania State University. He has authored or co-authored four book chapters and 40 peer-reviewed articles. He received an award from the Fundación para la Protección del Mar (Foundation for Ocean Protection) in recognition of "Invaluable contributions to education and the protection of Panama's marine ecosystems".