Karina Alvarez, M.S., is a Science, Research, and Policy Specialist with USC Sea Grant. She serves an integral role in coordinating, interpreting, and disseminating Sea Grant research findings on coastal hazards and climate change with coastal managers, city planners, and community members in Southern California. Karina applies her training in coastal systems, GIS, and science communication to support municipalities in building coastal resilience. Before joining USC Sea Grant, Karina applied GIS as a tool to address environmental concerns such as urban heat islands and estuary health at The Bay Foundation and the NASA DEVELOP National Program.
Karina received a B.S. in Environmental Science from Loyola Marymount University and a M.S. in Global Change Ecology from the University of Bayreuth.