Petch Manopawitr is a Thai conservation scientist with over 10 years experience in the fields of conservation training, biodiversity research and protected area management. After graduating a Masters degree from James Cook University, Petch joined the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) Thailand Program in 2001 where he helped develop site-based conservation strategies and coordinated wildlife and biodiversity conservation projects with local and international experts both in terrestrial and marine environment. Petch has also been a freelance environmental writer and photographer since 1996. Petch’s doctoral research is focused on climate change in relation to biodiversity conservation and protected area management with a primary emphasis on coastal and marine ecosystems. His research goal is to help Thailand develop appropriate strategies for marine conservation under a climate change regime using Marine Protected Areas as a tool. To support various segments of his academic study, Petch has received a Fulbright Fellowship and a scholarship from the Wildlife Conservation Society. Petch is currently an active member of Project IMPAACT: Improving Marine Protected Areas on the Andaman Coast of Thailand under a Climate Change Regime.