Amalia Almada, Ph.D., is a Science, Research, and Policy Specialist with USC Sea Grant. She serves an integral role in interpreting and disseminating Sea Grant research findings on topics such as water quality, harmful algal blooms, sustainable aquaculture, and ecosystem health with managers, planners and community members in Southern California. Dr. Almada is also USC Sea Grant’s research coordination associate responsible for the coordination and management of research proposals and reporting. Dr. Almada applies her strong scientific training in ocean science and social sciences as well as extensive expertise at the interface of science and policy in her work at USC Sea Grant. She has been recognized for her leadership in this area, including through receipt of an Emerging Public Policy Leader Award granted by the American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS). Dr. Almada recently completed a Provost Postdoctoral Fellowship focused on at the USC Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies and USC Department of Sociology. Before joining USC, Dr. Almada was the Senior Program Manager of the Planetary Health Alliance (PHA) at Harvard University, where she was responsible for overseeing every aspect of the PHA’s growth into a highly respected consortium of over 200 international member institutions committed to advancing planetary health.
Dr. Almada was a John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellow (2016), NSF Graduate Research Fellow (2012-2014), and EPA STAR Fellow (2010-2012). She received a BSc in Biology from Georgetown University and a PhD in Biological Oceanography from the Joint Program at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and Massachusetts Institute of Technology.