Climate Adaptation Coordinator & Extension Project Manager
Ag Engineering Annex A
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Melissa Ocana is the Climate Adaptation Coordinator and Extension Project Manager. She coordinates partnerships and encourages climate adaptation with natural resources conservation in mind. Current projects include coordinating the Massachusetts Ecosystem Climate Adaptation Network (Mass ECAN) and helping resource managers incorporate climate impacts into their work. She also manages projects with Scott Jackson related to aquatic connectivity, wildlife conservation, resiliency of road-stream crossings to storms, and tools for prioritizing land conservation and restoration. Before moving to Massachusetts, Melissa was a Program Coordinator at Stony Brook- Millstone Watershed Association. There, she 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.