Gulf Program Specialist
Stewart Fefer has been a coastal conservation biologist and manager for more than 40 years with a focus on coastal and marine protected areas in the US and internationally. Stewart retired from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service after a 35 year career as a Project Leader and Refuge Manager with broad experience in design, protection, restoration and management of coastal Protected Areas. Stewart served as Refuge Manager of the Hawaiian Islands NWR, of Refuges in the Northeast Region of the US and served as the Project Leader for the Gulf of Maine Coastal Program Office. Stewart also has worked with the U.S. Department of Interior Technical Assistance Program on management of Protected Areas in Kenya, Botswana, Mozambique, East Timor, Oman and Indonesia and has worked with the Quebec Labrador Foundation on Protected Areas in Central America and the Middle East. Stewart has been working with the NWRA since 2015 assisting FWS Refuges along the Gulf coast of Texas in developing and implementing successful protection and restoration projects on and adjacent to Refuges to help mitigate losses from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
Stewart received his undergraduate degree in Natural Science from Bard College, and a graduate degree in Wildlife Management at the University of Maine. Stewart has received numerous awards for his conservation efforts including the prestigious Chuck Yeager Award awarded by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, the USFWS John Gottschalk Award for conservation partnerships, Coastal America Partnership Awards. Gulf of Maine Visionary Award, John Bard Award for Science, and a University of Maine Alumni Award.