Stacy Baez is an officer with the coastal wetlands and coral reefs project. She supports countries in developing the scientific framework needed to ensure strong protections for coastal wetlands and coral reefs. Baez has worked on science initiatives to support the creation of large, fully protected marine areas worldwide, and she also worked to establish Caribbean shark sanctuaries. Before joining Pew, Baez conducted small-scale fisheries assessments in the Philippines. She holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from Morgan State University and a doctorate in oceanography from Old Dominion University.