Paula Chavez Carreño
Paula Chavez Carreño
Marine megafauna conservation, International Policy, Marine Protected Areas, Community-Based Management, LatinAmerica and the Caribbean
Nicholas School of the Environment
Concentration:Coastal Environmental Management.
Coursework: Ocean and Coastal Law and Policy, Advanced Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Fisheries Dimensions, Community-Based Environmental Management, Marine Policy, Marine Climate Change
Leadership: Nicholas School Black and Latino Club, Event Planner. Working Group for the Environment in Latin America, Beaufort Representative.
Universidad de Los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia.
Oceans Intern, Natural Resources Defense Council NRDC, San Francisco, CA
Conducted research on shark trade and conservation in the United States and Latin America by reviewing literature, trade databases and interviewing in-country experts. Developed a report with baseline information and recommendations to develop a new program strategy for shark conservation. May - August 2017
Ocean Governance Research Assistant, Nicholas School of the Environment, Durham, NC
Researched primary literature to better understand the extent of philanthropic investment in ocean governance. Participated in small scale fishery research project at the Easter Islands, providing bilingual skills for interview translation. September 2016 – May 2017
Staff Conservation Biologist, CDMB, Bucaramanga, Colombia
Organized and coordinated the Payment for Ecosystem Services program by developing a regional database, writing up internal legal documents and working directly with the rural communities. April- August 2016
Marine Mammal Observer Intern, University of Porto and CIIMAR, Portugal
Collected and contributed to analysis of geospatial, ecological and behavioral data of marine mammals on board of cargo ships navigating in Portugal’s Economic Exclusive Zone. July-September 2015
Marine Mammal Intern, Pacific Whale Foundation, Puerto Lopez, Ecuador
Humpback whale photo-identification, acoustic and behavior data collection in partnership with whale-watching vessels. July 2014
Taxonomic identity and genetic diversity of the Common Dolphin (Delphinus sp.) in La Guajira, Colombia
Research project contributing to larger research program aiming to improve scientific knowledge related to cetaceans in the Colombian Caribbean.
21st Biennial Conference on Marine Mammals, San Francisco, California, December 13-18, 2015
Nicholas School Black and Latino Club, Event Planner.
Working Group for the Environment in Latin America, Beaufort Representative.
Software: Microsoft Office Suite, Proficiency in R, ArcGIS
Languages: Spanish (native speaker)
Certifications: PADI Rescue Diver, Emergency Responder CPR/AED/First Aid