Rebecca Lent, PhD

Executive Director
Marine Mammal Commission
Panelist-Can We Turn the Tide on Tuna?

Rebecca Lent, PhD is the Executive Director of the Marine Mammal Commission. A marine economist by training, she earned a Ph.D. in Resource Economics from Oregon State University in 1984. Her dissertation focused on modeling price determination in the global salmon market. After completing her dissertation, she received the Chateaubriand Fellowship from the Embassy of France in Washington, D.C. to conduct post-doctoral research at the Concarneau Laboratoire de Biologie Maritime on the ex-vessel market impacts of government minimum prices. Dr. Lent then moved to Canada to teach and conduct research in agricultural and resource economics at the Université du Québec à Rimouski(1984-86) and Université Laval (1986-1992). In 1992 she joined the Highly Migratory Species Division at NOAA's National Marine Fisheries Service, where she served as Economist and then Division Chief. Dr. Lent joined the Senior Executive Service in 2000, serving as the Regional Administrator of the Southwest Region, the Deputy Assistant Administrator for Regulatory Programs, and the Director of the Office of International Affairs. She joined the Marine Mammal Commission in 2013.