Dr. Victoria Ramenzoni, part of The Megalopolitan Coastal Transformation Hub at Rutgers, along with her Rutgers colleagues Lisa Auermuller (SEBS) and Jeanne Herb (Bloustein) were selected by NSF and the Kaleta A. Doolin Foundation to serve as NSF-KADF Ocean Decade Champions.
Dr. Victoria C. Ramenzoni was recognized as an accomplished environmental anthropologist, with a distinct expertise spanning human behavioral ecology, coastal communities, and marine and coastal policies. Employing a mixed methods approach, her research investigates the impact of environmental uncertainty on decisions about resource use and household nutrition in coastal environments.
National Science Foundation and The Kaleta A. Doolin Foundation Ocean Decade Champions are women leaders at the frontiers of Geosciences. These champions demonstrate excellence in research, impact to society, and helping others achieve success.
The National Science Foundation writes that “NSF and KADF have joined together to empower 31 women scientists associated with the NSF Coastlines and People (CoPe) program. These women are leaders at the frontiers of research and innovation in ocean and coastal science. Their work with CoPe, an endorsed Ocean Decade Action, focuses on critically important coastline and community research that integrates natural, social, and technological processes toward a mission of coastal resilience.
With the Ocean Decades Champion funding, these women are extending their efforts far beyond their academic interests to advance our ability to thrive in a changing coastal environment and to engage with and solve the problems of underserved communities in these areas. NSF and KADF have collectively contributed over half a million dollars to support the careers of these leading women.
The Ocean Decade Champions receiving funding through this program will be active participants in the United Nations (UN) Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030), which aims to support endeavors to reverse the cycle of decline in ocean health and create improved conditions for sustainable development of oceans and coasts. Advocating for fair representation of women as both scientists and decision-makers is essential to help unlock opportunities and foster a much-needed transformation in ocean research. These women Ocean Decade Champions demonstrate their excellence in research, impact on society, and helping others excel in the ocean science enterprise.
You can read more about this honor, as well as profiles of all 31 Champions, here: https://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=308288&org=OCE