Howard R. Ernst is a full professor in the Political Science Department of the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. At the Naval Academy, Dr. Ernst teaches classes in environmental policy and directs the Political Science Department’s honors program. He also represents University of Virginia’s Center for Politics as a Senior Scholar in the area of environmental policy and directs the Environmental Leadership Program at Gettysburg College’s Eisenhower Institute where he is the Seiden-Levi Fellow of Public Policy. Professor Ernst is a graduate of Lehigh University, molds a master’s degree from American University, and a Ph.D. in Government from University of Virginia. Dr. Ernst was a student on Semester at Sea in the spring of 1992. Dr. Ernst’s research and teaching focuses on citizen influence on the environmental policy process. He has published six books and numerous academic articles and is best known for his work in the area of environmental policy and natural resource management. He is currently writing a book about coral reef management that will be published by Johns Hopkins University.