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Maravila Clemens


(Geography, MS)

Maravilla has a bachelor’s degree from Colby College and a Master of Science degree from the Rutgers University Geography Department, where she was also a Coastal Climate Risk and Resilience trainee. Her master’s thesis was completed under the supervision of Dr. Kevon Rhiney and focused on how resiliency is mobilized in internationally funded nature-based adaptation projects in the Caribbean. While at Rutgers, she was also a Research Assistant to Dr. Robin Leichenko and served on an interdisciplinary research team that studied small and medium business resiliency in coastal New York City and Monmouth County, New Jersey, with an emphasis on resiliency to coastal climate change impacts. Maravilla is currently working as a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Coastal Management Fellow with the California State Coastal Conservancy. Most of her work takes place within the Southern California Wetlands Recovery Project (WRP), where her role is to support, implement, track, and evaluate the existing regional plan for Southern California wetlands. Maravilla manages the WRP’s Community Wetlands Restoration Grant Program and is the project manager for the WRP Regional Monitoring Program, which is funded in part through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Wetland Program Development Grant.