Jason Flower earned his BSc in Chemistry and Molecular Physics from the University of Nottingham, UK. He then spent several years working as a PADI Divemaster and Instructor in Greece and the Cayman Islands, as well as an English Teacher in Latvia. Wanting to learn more about the marine environment, Jason worked for marine conservation NGOs in Honduras, Bonaire, Tobago and the Seychelles, conducting reef surveys, teaching tropical marine conservation, working on reef restoration, and collaborating with and training local partners to aid conservation efforts. Returning to the UK, he completed an MSc in Tropical Coastal Management at Newcastle University. At the University of Queensland in Australia, Jason worked on the EU funded Future of Reefs in a Changing Environment project where he developed a coral reef managers’ handbook, "Towards reef resilience and sustainable livelihoods: a handbook for Caribbean reef managers". He has been working with the Foundation for Environmental Conservation on its next International Conference on Environmental Future. Jason is dedicated to using scientific results to guide policy and management actions, and encouraging the exchange of ideas across different fields of research. In his role at SFG he provides scientific input to the planning and implementation of marine spatial plans and fisheries legislation.