From 1980–2010, Rick Steiner was as a marine conservation professor with the University of Alaska. He conducted the university’s conservation and sustainability extension effort in Alaska and globally, working to find solutions in energy and climate change, marine conservation, offshore oil and environment, habitat protection, endangered species protection, and sustainable development. He has worked on extractive industry/environment issues all over the world including Russia and Pakistan. Today, he conducts the “Oasis Earth” project – working with NGOs, governments, industry, and civil society to speed the transition to an environmentally sustainable society. Oasis Earth conducts Rapid Assessments for NGOs and governments in developing nations on critical conservation challenges, reviews environmental assessments, and conducts more fully developed studies.