Kelly Dunning is an assistant professor in the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences at Auburn University. Her research is on ecological conservation as a “no-regrets” policy pathway to hazards resilience. Her research examines participatory, community-focused public policy for coral reef conservation in Southeast Asia and the Caribbean, and coastal ecosystem conservation in the Gulf of Mexico. Dunning is an Early Career Fellow with the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine Gulf Research Program. As a native South Floridian, she has experienced several hurricanes and uses that experience to study resilient policy-maker responses to hurricanes.