Paul Dobbins

Paul Dobbins is the Vice President, Low Trophic Aquaculture, and the Senior Director, Impact Investments, at World Wildlife Fund (WWF-US.) He joined WWF to lead the global project, “Advancing Seaweed and Shellfish Aquaculture for Climate Change.” Paul provides thought leadership and financial expertise on how seaweed and shellfish aquaculture can be scaled for increased biomass production and excess nutrient remediation. A former shellfish and seaweed farmer, Paul led the development of the United States’ first open-ocean commercial kelp farms.

Prior to returning to the ocean, he was a Managing Director at IDEXX Laboratories, a publicly traded provider of products and services for animal health. Earlier in his career, Paul participated in the funding, growth, and sale of several consumer products and business-to-business companies.

Paul served on the advisory boards of NOAA’s Maine SeaGrant, the Aquaculture Research Institute at the University of Maine, the Maine Aquaculture Association, The Maine Technology Institute, Focus Maine, and the Conservation Law Foundation. He currently serves as a US Delegate to the ICES working group on offshore aquaculture and as an advisor to federally funded aquaculture research projects in North America and Europe. He earned a B.A. in Administrative Science from Colby College and an MBA from the University of Minnesota.