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Craig Layman joined NC State in July 2013 as a Chancellor’s Faculty Excellence Program cluster hire in Global Environmental Change and Human Well-Being. He is a professor in the Department of Applied Ecology in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, and collaborates closely with the Center for Marine Sciences and Technology, the U.S. Geological Survey Southeast Climate Science Center, the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, and multiple departments and colleges within the university. Focused on the coastal realm – one of the regions of the globe where human well-being is most directly tied to sustainability of natural resources – his research builds from basic ecological principles to examine how coastal ecosystems function. This research provides insight into how to best manage these systems to ensure persistence of the valuable services they provide.
Layman received his Ph.D. from the Texas A&M University Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences, with a minor in philosophy. He was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship for research and education efforts in Venezuela, and was named a Gaylord Donnelley Postdoctoral Fellow at Yale University. He previously served as an assistant professor in the Biological Sciences Department at Florida International University, where he was chosen for a National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development Award. His current research is based in the Bahamas and Haiti and is being used by policymakers to develop coastal conservation strategies. Layman’s research in Haiti led to the first marine protected area in the country. He has built an academic group devoted to educational outreach efforts for the general public, including development of The Abaco Scientist website, leading environmental camps for primary and secondary students. He has also worked with international nongovernmental organizations to create more effective ways to bring science to the forefront of public policymaking.