B.A., Biological Sciences, Connecticut College, New London, CT (2013)
Ph.D., Ecology, UNC-Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC (2020)
My name is Dr. Catherine Alves (she/her) and I am a marine ecologist and social scientist. In September 2020, I completed my PhD in Dr. John Bruno's lab at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the Environment, Ecology, and Energy Program (E3P).
In December 2020, I began as a Fisheries Climate Change Social Scientist contracted to NOAA's Northeast Fisheries Science Center's Social Science Branch. I am collaborating with scientists and industry professionals on a project assessing the vulnerability to climate change of the Atlantic sea scallop social-ecological system in the northeast United States.
My research interests focus on coral reef ecology, social-ecological systems, sustainable fisheries management, and stakeholder engagement. I have worked in Mexico, Belize, and the northeast United States to combine social science with ecology to inform improved management of marine ecosystems. I value connecting academics, natural resource managers, and communities to achieve shared conservation and sustainability goals.
One of my recent projects (May 2019) was part of National Geographic's Science Exploration Education (S.E.E.) Initiative, where I used a Sofar Trident to help the Toledo Institute for Development and Environment (TIDE) monitor conch populations in the Port Honduras Marine Reserve, Belize.
Check out the video below for how it went!