Dr. Barbara Lausche is Director of the Marine Policy Institute at Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium.

Dr. Lausche is an international environmental lawyer and policy advisor and has spent her professional career working with more than thirty years of experience with governments and organizations around the world. Her work has concentrated on conservation aspects of environmental law, compliance with international conventions, and marine and coastal environments. Her career includes staff positions at the World Bank, World Wildlife Fund-US, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the U.S. Congressional Office of Technical Assessment.

Dr. Lausche has undertaken technical assignments in the Wider Caribbean Region, including assessment of the environmental law frameworks of the eight members of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States, provided technical assistance for drafting of new national parks legislation and regulations in the British Virgin Islands, and prepared draft biodiversity guidelines for the Protocol Concerning Specially Protected Areas and Wildlife, United Nations Environment Programme-Caribbean Environment Program.

Throughout her career, she has been active in the Environmental Law Programme of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), and continues those ties as a member of IUCN’s Law Commission and World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA).  Since 2019, she also has served as Chair of the IUCN-WCPA Marine Connectivity Working Group of the Connectivity Conservation Specialist Group.  Dr. Lausche’s work with civil society organizations in the Caribbean includes serving on the board of directors of the Island Resources Foundation.

Dr. Lausche has authored or co-authored numerous peer-reviewed papers and several books, including the IUCN Guidelines for Protected Areas Legislation (Lausche, 2011), Legal Aspects of Connectivity Conservation – A Concept Paper (co-author, 2013), the E-book, Building Capacity on Protected Areas Law and Governance – 12 Training Modules (co-author, 2015), and Integrated Planning – Policy and law tools for biodiversity conservation and climate change (IUCN, 2019).