Research and Extension Project Manager
Ag Engineering Annex A
Melissa Ocana is the Research and Extension Project Manager working with Scott Jackson. She manages projects related to aquatic connectivity, aquatic organism conservation, resiliency of road-stream crossings to storms, and tools for prioritizing land conservation and restoration. Most recently, she was a Program Coordinator at Stony Brook- Millstone Watershed Association. There, Melissa built capacity among NJ’s non-profit conservation community through trainings and a small grants program. Previously, Melissa was Assistant to the Climate Change Policy Advisor at the US Fish & Wildlife Service, where she worked on the National Fish, Wildlife, and Plants Climate Adaptation Strategy through a Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Fellowship. She also worked on natural resource policy as a fellow in the House of Representatives. Melissa has a MS in Wildlife Science from Oregon State University, where she studied sea turtle nesting and community use of eggs in Mexico.
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