Dr. Brooke Porter explores human interactions with the sea. Her current work investigates tourism as a development and conservation strategy in lesser-developed regions, with emphasis on surf and adventure tourism. She is focused on developing simple and effective development and marine conservation strategies for coastal communities. She has worked in various capacities with NGOs, international aid agencies and educational institutions on Maui, New Zealand, Italy, the Philippines and in Africa. She currently serves as a scientific adviser to The Coral Triangle Conservancy, a NGO that focuses on reef protection and restoration in the Philippines and teaches a course on water sustainability at the Umbra Institute in Perugia, Italy.