Lindsey Williams has joined the MIT Sea Grant College Program as a new social scientist with the Marine Advisory Services group. Lindsey comes to us most recently from the University of New Hampshire (UNH) where she has been working as a research assistant and lecturer while pursuing her PhD in Natural Resources and Environmental Studies. Her dissertation research has been focused on conflicts over science in coastal and ocean systems, negotiation and dispute resolution, and the role of science in policy and management. Prior to her time at UNH she worked for nearly ten years with the NOAA National Ocean Service in several roles primarily focused on policy, budget, and communication around coastal management and science issues. Lindsey received her B.A. in Biology with a minor in Environmental Studies from Colby College in 2002 and a Master of Marine Policy from the University of Delaware in 2009. Lindsey was born in Boston and got her first taste of the ocean visiting Cape Cod as a small child. She is looking forward to this new role with MIT Sea Grant as a great opportunity to connect with coastal communities throughout Massachusetts and to work to bring a range of social science research findings to bear on the challenges and opportunities facing our coastal and ocean systems. Lindsey¡s research portfolio at MIT will focus on understanding the perspectives of a range of coastal communities and stakeholders and how social and natural science can be used together to address pressing community needs.