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 synthesis, and stakeholder engagement through co-production. 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 of UMCES. Her dissertation investigated 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 (BS, 2004; MS, 2009) and the University of Maryland (MS, 2013; Ph.D., 2020). 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.


BROWSE ALL

2018

UMCES Institutional Assessment (MARYLAND - CHESAPEAKE BAY)

2016

Belmont Forum workshop facilitation, support, and communication

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)

2013

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

2005

IAN Science Communication Courses (USA - NORTH AMERICA)