Dr. Lawrence (Larry) Hildebrand joined the faculty of the World Maritime University on April 1, 2013, as Professor and Canadian Chair in Marine Environment Protection.
Dr. Hildebrand comes to WMU from Halifax, Nova Scotia on Canada's east coast where he served for the past 35 years in a variety of leadership capacities directly related to integrated coastal and ocean management (ICOM). These include: Senior Coastal and Ocean Specialist and program manager for the Canadian federal Department of Environment and Adjunct Professor of Marine Affairs at Dalhousie University and Visiting Professor at universities in the U.S., Iceland, Uruguay and the U.K. Dr. Hildebrand has also served as evaluation and policy-development consultant and trainer to the United Nations Environment Programme, Convention on Biological Diversity and UN Development Programme in East Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean. He is a Governor of the International Ocean Institute and Senior Research Fellow at IOI-Canada, an Editorial Board member of the international journals Coastal Management and Ocean & Coastal Management, and Executive Board member of several coastal- and ocean-related NGOs, including the Coastal Zone Canada Association, Canadian Coastal Science & Engineering Association, The (U.S.) Coastal Society, and the Elisabeth Mann Borgese Centre for Ocean Governance.
Dr. Hildebrand has taught ICZM at the graduate level for over 25 years, has supervised Masters and Ph.D. research, published extensively on current developments in the field and led training and capacity-building courses worldwide. He is a frequently invited keynote speaker at international conferences on ICOM and ocean governance and is the recipient of the H.B. Nicholls Award for Leadership in Coastal Zone Management in Canada, the Canadian Public Service Award of Excellence, and the Distinguished Service Award with the US-Canada Gulf of Maine Council on the Marine Environment. Dr. Hildebrand has degrees in marine biology (B.Sc. Hons) and environmental studies (MES) from Dalhousie University and a Ph.D. in coastal and ocean governance from Cardiff University in Wales.