Vanessa Vargas-Nguyen

Science Integrator
UMCES Annapolis Office

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Vanessa Vargas-Nguyen

Science Integrator
UMCES Annapolis Office

Dr. Vanessa Vargas-Nguyen is a Science Integrator with the Integration and Application Network and an associate faculty of the Marine Estuarine and Environmental Science Graduate Program. Her current interest is in transdisciplinary approaches, socio-environmental assessments, socio-environmental justice, stakeholder engagement, and adaptive environmental governance. Vanessa is originally from the Philippines and has extensive experience in molecular biology and marine science, specializing in microbial communities and molecular processes associated with Harmful Algal Blooms and shrimp, corals, and human diseases. She has since shifted her focus on how science can benefit society and was conferred with the first Ph.D. under the new Environment and Society foundation of the MEES graduate program. Her dissertation used ethnographic approaches to investigate the role of socio-environmental report cards in transdisciplinary collaboration and adaptive governance for a sustainable future. She received academic training from the University of the Philippines (BSc; MSc) and the University of Maryland (MSc; PhD). She is involved in developing holistic socio-environmental assessments for complex systems such as the Mississippi River and Chesapeake Bay watersheds and is coordinating a multi-year international transdisciplinary research consortium involving the US, Norway, Philippines, Japan, and India.


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2021

Expanding the Texas Coast Ecosystem Health Report Card (TEXAS COAST - GULF OF MEXICO)

Coastal Ocean Assessment for Sustainability and Transformation (COAST Card) (CHESAPEAKE BAY, MANILA BAY, PHILIPPINES - ASIA, TOKYO BAY, JAPAN - ASIA, SEKISEI LAGOON, JAPAN - ASIA, GOA COAST, INDIA - ASIA)

2020

edX Professional Certificate in Environmental Management for Sustainability (WORLDWIDE)

2018

UMCES Institutional Assessment (MARYLAND - CHESAPEAKE BAY)

2016

Belmont Forum workshop facilitation, support, and communication (WORLDWIDE)

2015

Upper Potomac Headwaters Report Card 2015 (POTOMAC RIVER - CHESAPEAKE BAY)

2014

WWF UMCES Partnership (ORINOCO RIVER - SOUTH AMERICA, RIO GRANDE - SOUTHWEST, KAFUE - AFRICA, TUUL RIVER - MONGOLIA)

MEES Courses (CHESAPEAKE BAY)

2013

Ecosystem Health Report Card for Laguna de Bay, Philippines (LAGUNA DE BAY - PHILIPPINES)

Development of the Mississippi River Watershed Report Card (MISSISSIPPI RIVER - GULF OF MEXICO)

2005

IAN Science Communication Courses (USA - NORTH AMERICA)