Aurora Justiniano is based in Puerto Rico and since coming to TNC in 2013 she has served as the Caribbean Regional Ocean Partnership (CROP) Coordinator, leading the implementation of the Marine Spatial Planning process between Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Aurora has also provided technical, scientific and programmatic leadership support for conservation action planning (CAP), Marine Spatial Planning (MSP), human use mapping of coastal and marine resources and GIS support for conservation efforts in Puerto Rico. Aurora is a native of Puerto Rico and holds a PhD from the Department of Marine Science, University of Puerto Rico and also completed coursework at the University of Barcelona, Spain. Previously, she taught undergraduate and graduate courses at the Inter-American University of Puerto Rico as well as lead workshops and pedagogic demonstrations for secondary level science teachers. As part of the Reef Resilience team she will coordinate the development of an updated Resilience Training in 2015, new learning exchanges and webinars for managers in the region.
Kristen Maize is based in Honolulu and her work focuses on developing and implementing communications strategies to support marine conservation practice and policy. Kristen’s background is a blend of communications, policy, management, and research. Career highlights include: supporting coral reef social marketing campaigns in Hawaii and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, coordination of an international workshop on deep-sea restoration, and managing environmental programs for a non-profit organization in the U.S. Virgin Islands. She has conducted field and lab research on numerous projects related to watershed stabilization, sedimentation and coral reef health, the behavior and movement of endangered species of fish, and the exploration of a methodology to incorporate human perceptions into fisheries management. Kristen is a native to the U.S. Virgin Islands and has a coastal environmental management Masters degree from Duke University and a B.A. in environmental studies from University of San Diego. As part of the Reef Resilience team she will focus on network communications, the development of new learning exchanges, and regional webinars.