elizabeth stephenson

Elizabeth Stephenson

Director, Marine Conservation Action Fund

T: 207-226-2122
Cell: 207-701-8028



M.S., Marine Biology, and M.S., Marine Policy, University of Maine, 2007
B.S., Earth Science Education, University of Delaware, 1997
B.A., History, Lafayette College, 1995


Elizabeth Stephenson focuses her work on supporting the success of marine conservation leaders across the globe. She joined the New England Aquarium after working for the Maine Coastal Program, where she coordinated multidisciplinary initiatives, including the Maine Marine Invasive Species Coalition.

Through her leadership of the Marine Conservation Action Fund (MCAF), Elizabeth provides professional support to marine conservation leaders in developing countries by connecting them with Anderson Cabot Center scientists to explore collaborations, and elevating the profile of their work through the Aquarium’s public platforms and professional network. She also partners with Aquarium educators to connect MCAF grantees with youth, so as to inspire and empower the next generation of ocean protectors.

Elizabeth seeks to ensure that MCAF grantees have the financial, professional, and technical support they need to achieve long-term conservation goals and to ensure that their successes and challenges help to inform and inspire future conservation efforts.

  1. Select Publications

    Stephenson E.H., Steneck R.S., Seeley R.H. (2009) Possible temperature limits to range expansion of non-native Asian shore crabs in Maine. J Exp Mar Biol Ecol.; 375:21.doi.org/10.1016/j.jembe.2009.04.020

    Steneck, R.S., Hughes, T.P., Cinner, J.E., Adger, W.N., Arnold, S.N., Berkes, F., Boudreau, S.A., Brown, K., Folke, C., Gunderson, L., Olsson, P., Scheffer, M., Stephenson, E., Walker, B., Wilson, J. and Worm, B. (2011), Creation of a Gilded Trap by the High Economic Value of the Maine Lobster Fishery. Conservation Biology, 25: 904-912.  doi.org/10.1111/j.1523-1739.2011.01717.x

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