Andrew, aka Rass, earned a BA in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Princeton University. As an undergraduate, he studied coral reef fish population dynamics in Curacao, bird mate selection in Mexico, and rodent foraging ecology in Kenya. He earned a PhD from UCSB in marine ecology in 2008; his dissertation focused on distinct alternate community states occurring in California subtidal reef ecosystems. He used both empirical and theoretical tools to explore the mechanisms maintaining community states and the environmental factors capable of triggering state changes. He also worked as a researcher for the Santa Barbara Coastal LTER project, studying kelp forest primary production and giant kelp population dynamics. After earning his PhD, Andrew was a postdoctoral researcher with SFG. His research has focused on spatial fisheries management, strategic design of MPA networks to meet fisheries and conservation goals, how to quantify the effect of MPAs in achieving fishery sustainability, the value of information in spatial management plans, and the value of environment forecasts for managing fisheries in dynamic systems. He has also worked on a number of important applied projects, such as developing spatial models of fish population dynamics to evaluate stakeholder proposals for MPA networks in California state waters. Andrew went on to work as a Project Scientist at UCSB’s Marine Science Institute, analyzing long-term monitoring data from kelp forests in southern and central California, before accepting an Assistant Professor position at Florida State University.