Growing up on the Portuguese coast, the ocean was my first love. I started diving by the age of fourteen and during the last decade, I have sadly encountered bleached reefs on protected areas of Brazil, Florida Keys and the Caribbean islands.
As an environmental economist from the London SchooI of Economics and Political Science, I use my academic background and volunteer experience in the Small Island States to understand and help mitigate the negative impacts of climate change in marine and coastal ecosystems. I previously worked for the UNFCCC Adaptation Programme, and my core interests include climate change adaptation and the role of oceans in multilateral environmental agreements.
I am excited to join GRID-Arendal Ecosystems and Communities Programme for the next six months. I will be assisting the Mami Wata and ResilienSEA projects, and contribute to Portuguese communications in the office. While in Norway I look forward to diving in the Nordic fjords and learn more about oceanic science with my colleagues.