Dr. Charlie Wahle is a marine ecologist with extensive experience working at the interface between science and policy of marine conservation and protected areas. Currently, he is the Senior Scientist at the National Marine Protected Areas Center. Prior to joining the National Marine Protected Areas Center, he served as NOAA's liaison to three key interagency marine conservation initiatives: the U.S. Coral Reef Task Force, the Invasive Species Council, and the national MPA initiative.
From 1993 to 1999, Charlie led the national programs for science, education, and conservation policy for the National Marine Sanctuaries Program and the National Estuarine Research Reserves Systems at NOAA headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland. Prior to joining NOAA, Dr. Wahle developed and managed a marine research and teaching laboratory on the New Jersey coast for Lehigh University. He has conducted extensive field research on Caribbean coral reefs and mid-Atlantic coastal ecosystems.