Marine Ecologist, Institute of Marine Affairs, Trinidad and Tobago
Rahanna Juman is a Senior Research Officer and the Head of the Environmental Research Program at the Institute of Marine Affairs, a government funded research institution in Trinidad and Tobago. She holds a Ph.D. in Zoology from the University of the West Indies, Trinidad and Tobago and was awarded a number of post doctoral fellowships including a Hubert Humphrey fellowship which brought her to the University of Washington in 2010-2011. During this fellowship, Rahanna did an internship at NOAA’s Office of Coastal Resource Management in Washington DC and at the Department of Ecology, Bellevue, Wash.
She has been conducting research on coastal ecosystems, particularly mangrove forests and seagrass beds for the past 15 years. She has a number of publications, and in 2010 she published a book on Wetlands of Trinidad and Tobago. Rahanna is leading an effort to development an Integrated Coastal Zone Policy and Plan for Trinidad and Tobago as a mechanism to adapt to climate change. She is currently pursuing a Bachelor in Law through the University of London International Program.