William Kiene, Ph.D., is a marine scientist currently serving as a consultant to the UN Environmental Programme for the Caribbean. He has a 35-year international career in marine research, conservation, and management, particularly in shallow and deepwater coral reef ecosystems. He is a former science coordinator of the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries. He obtained his Ph.D. from Australian National University.


The United States is fundamentally linked to other nations in the Caribbean through a shared ocean ecosystem. It is therefore essential that the U.S. cooperates with its neighbors to improve the health of marine areas in the region.