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Grace Russell - Consultant

Grace is an environmental consultant with training and experience in marine biology, ecology, environmental science, and environmental policy and management. She has particular interests in using scientific understanding to inform environmental policy and industry decision-making.

During her academic career, she has completed multiple projects related to the oil and gas industry in North America and Europe. She has explored the impacts of chemical contaminants on amphibians in Alaskan wetlands and has investigated the long term social and environmental impacts of an oil spill on commercial fisheries. More recently, she developed a technique for evaluating marine growth on offshore, subsea structures in the North Sea with an aim of optimizing decommissioning operations. Additional academic projects include developing a marine spatial plan for a Scottish harbor and evaluating rapid environmental assessment strategies for tropical coral reefs.

She has ecological field research experience in terrestrial, coastal, and nearshore ecosystems in Alaska, Minnesota, Costa Rica, Scotland, and the Maldives.

Professional Experience

Environmental and Social Impact and Risk Assessment
Grace has supported multiple environmental and social impact studies, including a social due diligence study in the Caribbean, a risk assessment for offshore oil production in Mexico, a human rights assessment for US offshore oil and gas activities in the Gulf of Mexico, and a mapping of industry environmental and social policy against IFC performance standards.

Scientific and Policy Engagement:
Grace has participated in a workshop intended to summarize expert opinions of the UK marine science community on multiple decommissioning alternatives for offshore oil and gas infrastructure in the North Sea. She has also presented her MSc. research to international marine science and policy experts at the ICES Annual Science Conference.

Prior Professional Experience

Apple, Inc – Genius, Genius Admin, Family Room Specialist, Specialist
Experience in project management, technical support, customer experience management, and sales. Additional experience training/mentoring new employees, conducting one-on-one customer training sessions, and identifying opportunities for small businesses to integrate technology solutions into their operations to improve device management and information security.

Education

University of St. Andrews – MSc. Ecosystem-based Management of Marine Systems, with Distinction, 2017
Carleton College – B.A. Biology, cum laude, 2011
Additional courses at the Scottish Association for Marine Science, Duke University, and Coe College

Languages

Spanish (Proficient)

 

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