Introducing Martha McConnell our New Manager, Polar Programme
Martha McConnell has joined IUCN’s Global Marine Polar Programme, as Manager, Polar Programme and will be based in the IUCN Washington DC Office.
Martha is a US National. She has a Ph.D. and M.S. in Geological Sciences from the University of South Carolina.
Martha comes to IUCN with extensive experience and expertise in scientific research and policy work related to marine issues. In her last position as a Professor at the United States Coast Guard Academy (CGA) she was teaching oceanography, atmospheric science and biological oceanography. She helped develop a course on polar oceanography and organizing the conference “Leadership in the Arctic”, a joint activity between CGA and the Law of the Sea Institute.
Martha also worked as a Program Officer at the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) where she managed comprehensive studies on polar, ocean, and climate policy issues.
She has also worked in the following capacities:
- Legislative Fellow with U.S. Senator Frank R. Lautenberg where she was responsible for advising senior staff and the Senator on national and state ocean and climate issues.
- Assistant Scientist at the Sea Education Association, Inc.
- Research Assistant - Antarctica for Support Office for Aero-geophysical Research
- Education Coordinator at the Boston Harbor Association
The IUCN Washington DC Office welcomes Martha to our team!