Gregg Verutes

Gregg Verutes is a biogeographer, combining the fields of marine conservation and geospatial technology to communicate sustainability science with code and stories. He brings a decade of experience applying natural capital approaches and tools for quantifying ecosystem benefits to people such as recreation opportunities, coastal risk reduction, and blue carbon. He is passionate about environmental education and visualization to make better use of existing data and turn information into action in data-limited areas.


Gregg is currently a U.S. based researcher, with a Ph.D. (2022) from the University of Santiago de Compostela, a Masters (2008) in Geographic Information Science from San Diego State University and a Bachelors from Cornell University. He has led teams in the development of questions for stakeholders that aim to leverage existing resources, strengthen local capacity, and support decisions with better outcomes for people and nature. Gregg is an active member of the Working Group on Marine Mammal Ecology (WGMME) of the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES).

Research lines

Nature’s contribution to people | ocean conservation | fisheries management | marine spatial planning | GIS modeling | coastal zone management | climate change adaptation


  • Verutes, G.M., Tubbs, S.E., Selmes, N., Clark, D.R., Walker, P., & Clements, O. (2021). Modeling Seasonal Distribution of Irrawaddy Dolphins (Orcaella brevirostris) in a Transnational Important Marine Mammal Area. Frontiers in Marine Science, 8, 698.
  • Mandle, L., Shields-Estrada, A., Chaplin-Kramer, R., Mitchell, M.G., Bremer, L.L., Gourevitch, J. D., et al. (2021). Increasing decision relevance of ecosystem service science. Nature Sustainability, 4(2), 161-169.
  • Wedding, L.M., Moritsch, M., Verutes, G., Arkema, K., Hartge, E., Reiblich, J., et al. (2021). Incorporating blue carbon sequestration benefits into sub-national climate policies. Global Environmental Change, 69, 102206.
  • Verutes, G.M., Johnson, A.F., Caillat, M., Ponnampalam, L.S., Peter, C., Vu, L., et al. (2020). Using GIS and stakeholder involvement to innovate marine mammal bycatch risk assessment in data-limited fisheries. PloS one, 15(8), e0237835.
  • Michel, N.L., Whelan, C.J., & Verutes, G.M. (2020). Ecosystem services provided by Neotropical birds. The Condor, 122(3), duaa022.


Equalsea (ERC), Getting to the Bottom of Bycatch (NOAA International), Climate Smart Coasts in the Mesoamerican Reef (Stanford University/WWF), Warming Ecosystem Temperatures in a Florida Ecotone Experiencing Transition (Villanova University), AI for Earth (National Audubon Society/Microsoft)