Vanessa Vargas-Nguyen

Science Integrator
UMCES Annapolis Office

Email


Mailing Address

429 4th Street
Annapolis, MD 21403

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.


Education:

  • BS Molecular and Biotechnology, University of the Philippines
  • MS Marine Science, University of the Philippines
  • MS Marine, Estuarine and Environmental Science - Environmental Biotechnology, University of Maryland
  • PhD Marine, Estuarine and Environmental Science - Environment and Society, University of Maryland

Fellowship:

  • National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center Graduate Research Fellow

BROWSE ALL

2024

Celebrating Earth Day at the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) (MAY)

Congratulations, Pheng Lor! (MAY)

COAST Card Project Highlights (JANUARY)

2023

COAST Card team's Tokyo experience: Amamo2023 and J-COAST Conference insights (DECEMBER)

Connecting with Susquehanna stakeholders at Bucknell University’s Annual River Symposium (DECEMBER)

Learning about reef recovery and conservation practices in Ishigaki Island (DECEMBER)

Advancing the next generation report card for the Arkansas River and Red River Basins (OCTOBER)

Coming Soon: 2022 Chesapeake Bay Report Card (MAY)

Congratulations, Bill! (MAY)

Tropical scorecard in central Philippines (MARCH)

2022

Online professional certificate in environmental management for sustainability (JANUARY)

2021

New online course available (NOVEMBER)

Developing a framework for an Environmental Justice Index in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed (JULY)

Professional Certificate in Environmental Management for Sustainability courses (MAY)

Subscribe to the COAST Card Research Consortium newsletter (MAY)

Subscribe to the COAST Card Research Consortium newsletter (APRIL)

COAST Card Research Consortium releases first newsletter (MARCH)

Professional certificate opportunity and environmental management course now available online (MARCH)

COAST Card international partnership continues to grow (FEBRUARY)

Professional certificate opportunity and environmental management course now available online (FEBRUARY)

COAST Card project launched (JANUARY)

2020

Professional Certificate in Science for Environmental Management (DECEMBER)

Kicking off the COAST Card project (NOVEMBER)

RiverTalk by Dr Vanessa Vargas-Nguyen (SEPTEMBER)

RiverTalk by Dr Vanessa Vargas-Nguyen (AUGUST)

COMING SOON: online River Academy science communication training course (JULY)

The COAST Card project received a virtual kick-off (JULY)

IAN's staff continues to grow and evolve (JUNE)

Developing new international report cards (APRIL)

Developing new international report cards (MARCH)

Revamping the Chesapeake Bay Report Card (FEBRUARY)

2019

Belmont Forum Newsletters released (NOVEMBER)

Quezon City, Phillipines (AUGUST)

Portland, Oregon (APRIL)

BROWSE ALL

2022

Advancing the Patuxent River Watershed (PATUXENT RIVER - CHESAPEAKE BAY)

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)

Translating USGS Science Into Management Products (CHESAPEAKE BAY)

2018

UMCES Institutional Assessment (MARYLAND - CHESAPEAKE BAY)

Chesapeake Bay Report Card Expansion (CHESAPEAKE BAY)

2016

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

2015

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

2014

Healthy Rivers For All (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)

BROWSE ALL

2024

AMAMO2023 and J-COAST (Japanese Translation) (NEWSLETTER)

AMAMO2023 and J-COAST Newsletter (NEWSLETTER)

2023/2024 Chesapeake Bay & Watershed Report Card (REPORT CARD)

2023

Your Land, Your Water: Using Research to Guide Conservation Practices on Local Farms in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed (REPORT)

Arkansas-Red River Workshop Newsletter (NEWSLETTER)

Guía práctica para la elaboración de reportes de salud de cuencas (BOOK)

2022 Chesapeake Bay and Watershed Report Card (REPORT CARD)

2022 Potomac River and Watershed Report Card (REPORT CARD)

Agricultural best management practices can improve water quality and conditions for fisheries in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed (REPORT)

2022

Middle Potomac Listening Session (REPORT)

Enhanced understanding of factors affecting stream condition can improve restoration outcomes (REPORT)

2021 Chesapeake Bay and Watershed Report Card (REPORT CARD)

2021

Developing a framework for an Environmental Justice Index in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed (NEWSLETTER)

2020 Mississippi River Watershed Report Card Methods Document (REPORT)

2020

2020 Mississippi River Watershed Report Card (REPORT CARD)

Using Socioenvironmental Report Cards as a Tool for Transdisciplinary Collaboration (JOURNAL ARTICLE)

2019

Moving beyond the ecosystem in ecosystem health report cards (JOURNAL ARTICLE)

Understanding Responses to Global Change (NEWSLETTER)

2017

Belmont Forum booklet (BROCHURE)

Practitioner's Guide to Developing River Basin Report Cards (BOOK)

Ecological Forecasting and the Science of Hypoxia in Chesapeake Bay (JOURNAL ARTICLE)

Researchers and stakeholders address coastal vulnerability and freshwater security (NEWSLETTER)

Report cards and system dynamics modelling (NEWSLETTER)

2016

Shenandoah National Park Natural Resource Condition Assessment (REPORT)

Laguna De Bay: 2013 Ecosystem Health Report Card (REPORT CARD)

2015

Upper Potomac Headwaters Report Card 2015 (REPORT CARD)

Inner Hempstead Harbor Report Card (REPORT CARD)

Norwalk Harbor Report Card (REPORT CARD)