Matthew Oreska earned his B.S. in geology and economics from the College of William and Mary before attending the University of Cambridge for his M.S. in biological sciences. He graduated from the University of Virginia in 2018 with a Ph.D. in ecology. His dissertation “Blue Carbon Benefits of Seagrass Restoration,” focuses on the seagrass carbon cycle and linking seagrass restoration efforts with financing through the sale of carbon offset-credits. Matthew became interested in modern ecology through his undergraduate work in paleoecology and later work at the National Museum of Natural History. As the graduate student representative to the U.Va. Committee on Sustainability, Matthew helped create the U.Va. Sustainability Plan and wrote an offset-credit strategy for the U.Va. Greenhouse Gas Action Plan. Matthew was awarded a coveted Knauss Fellowship in 2018, which placed him at the White House Office of Management and Budget, where he still works.