Marine Programs Director – Alabama
Judy Haner has been the Marine Program Director for The Nature Conservancy in Alabama for the last 11 years, where she oversees marine restoration, coastal ecology, regional conservation efforts, and linking communities with resources.
Judy completed her Bachelor of Science degree at Lynchburg College in VA with a biology/chemistry dual major. Her master’s degree in Marine Science was completed at the College of William and Mary’s Virginia Institute of Marine Science.
Judy has worked for almost 28 years with several state agencies from Puerto Rico to Florida to Alaska in partnership with NOAA’s National Estuarine Research Reserve Program, linking watershed activities with estuarine health to promote long-term and targeted coastal restoration. Judy has secured more than $51M in competitive grants to implement coastal planning and restoration projects that link science and management with on-the-ground actions and communities. Her strong focus on partnerships has engaged agencies, organizations, and citizens in collaborative restoration.
When not at work, Judy can be found in her garden or on her boat with her husband and 2 dogs, fishing and enjoying the Gulf coast.