Kramer, Philip

Philip Kramer joined the Florida Institute of Oceanography as the director in August, 2016. Previously, Phil spent 13 years with The Nature Conservancy (TNC) as a senior scientist initiating and advancing marine conservation efforts in Florida and internationally in more than a dozen countries around the world. He was the managing director of the TNC’s Caribbean Program for nearly 8 years during which time he helped design and launch of the Caribbean Challenge Initiative (CCI), a bold marine conservation vision to dramatically scale up marine protected areas and sustainable financing for the region. The CCI has resulted in the declarations of more than 3 million hectares of new marine parks and the establishment of the Caribbean Biodiversity Fund- a multi-million dollar fund dedicated to supporting coastal management efforts across the region (

Trained as a tropical marine geologist with a Ph.D. from the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, Phil has spent much of his career advancing tropical ecosystem monitoring, management, and restoration of coral reefs and mangroves. He is the co-founder of the Atlantic and Gulf Rapid Reef Assessment Program (AGRRA), which is a widely accepted as the standard scientific monitoring protocol for reefs and currently houses one of the largest databases on coral reef condition ( He also established the Florida Reef Resilience Program (FRRP) disturbance response monitoring program which continues to collect annual data on the condition of corals during summer bleaching events ( Phil has led numerous scientific oceanographic expeditions to some of the most remote and extensive reef systems of the Caribbean including the south coast of Cuba, the Mesoamerican reef, Andros Island the southern Bahamas, the north coast of Haiti to name a few. Phil resides in St. Petersburg with his wife and three children.