Dr. Ropicki is an assistant professor specializing in marine resource economics. He holds an extension and research appointment and is the Florida Sea Grant marine economics specialist. His research interests include socioeconomic analysis of fisheries management and governance, social network analysis of natural resource management issues, the economics of marine aquaculture, and evaluating the economic impacts of marine industries. Dr. Ropicki provides educational programs and applied research results concerning marine economics to various marine stakeholder groups in Florida. Audience groups include aquaculturists, commercial and recreational fishers, state/federal marine resource agencies, seafood dealers, marine-related business owners, and interested general public. Information provided to these groups assists in making business-related and resource management decisions that provide for the sustainable use of Florida’s marine resources.