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A “professional cat-herder,” Suzanne Garrett brings experience in program management, planning and partnership building to Ocean Leadership’s Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative, where she serves as the Scientific Program Coordination Lead for the Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference.
Suzanne’s interest in conveying marine conservation science and policy to new audiences is evident throughout her career. Prior to joining Ocean Leadership, she worked at the International Union for Conservation of Nature, creating unique opportunities for the DC Marine Community to interact in meaningful and collaborative ways, present research, and to learn about topics ranging from coral to shipping.Previously, Suzanne worked on Oceana’s deep-sea coral campaign and helped establish their “Dive into Ocean Conservation” program, which engaged the Scuba diving community in marine conservation. An avid diver herself, she hopes to one day dive Pulley Ridge off the Florida Gulf Coast.
Suzanne has a BS in Biochemistry from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Master’s in Marine Affairs and Policy from the University of Miami, where her research focused on coral reef conservation policy.