Catherine Alves – Rhode Island

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Catherine Alves – Rhode Island

Catherine Alves, Ph.D. (she/her), is a marine ecologist and conservation social scientist. She has committed to a career at the interface of effective science, policy, and community-based conservation to enhance natural resource management and adaptive capacity in a changing world. Her passion for the ocean began at a young age, having spent the summers of her youth exploring the beaches of southern Rhode Island. Dr. Alves holds a bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences from Connecticut College, and a Ph.D. in Ecology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her graduate research focused on assessing coral reef and fisheries management strategies in Belize from social and ecological perspectives. Her work has been supported by the National Geographic Society, the National Science Foundation, the Rufford Foundation, and the Women Diver’s Hall of Fame. Dr. Alves regularly collaborates with academics, natural resource managers, and communities to achieve shared conservation and sustainability goals. She’s looking forward to doing more of that in her local communities. Dr. Alves is currently a social scientist with ECS Federal, contracted to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Northeast Fisheries Science Center, in Narragansett, RI. Her work there assesses the vulnerability and adaptive capacity of the Atlantic sea scallop fishery and fishing communities to climate change. Even Dr. Alves’s hobbies revolve around the water: she loves paddle-boarding and kayaking at different coastal spots across the state. When she’s not outside, she can be found enjoying food with family and friends.