NYSG Hires New Long Island Sound Study Outreach Coordinator
Long Island Sound Study - Press Release

Jimena Perez-Viscasillas. Credit: Rebecca Shuford / NYSG.


Jimena Perez-Viscasillas, NYSG's Outreach Coordinator, Long Island Sound Study, E: jbp255@cornell.edu, P: 631.632.8730

December 2, 2019, Stony Brook, NY – New York Sea Grant (NYSG) has hired Jimena Perez-Viscasillas as its Long Island Sound Study’s (LISS) Outreach Coordinator. Perez-Viscasillas’ role is to provide science-based information about Long Island Sound to residents of New York. She comes to NYSG and the LISS with expertise and experience in communicating with natural resource communities. 

"Jimena will bring energy and passion to the Long Island Sound Study and those who work, live and play in and around the Sound. We are thrilled to have her on the team," says NYSG Associate Director Katherine Bunting-Howarth

As an undergraduate, Perez-Viscasillas earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Puerto Rico - Mayaguez. Initially interested in genetics and marine science, she worked in the UPRM Marine Genomic Biodiversity Laboratory for three years. Wanting to pursue her interest in aquatic sciences, but with a larger emphasis on applied environmental conservation, Perez-Viscasillas then attended Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment, where she earned a Masters Degree in Environmental Management; Ecosystem Science and Conservation Concentration and a certificate in Community-Based Environmental Management. 

As a graduate student, Perez-Viscasillas gained a breadth and depth of experience providing effective outreach to and engaging with natural resource communities, including co-authoring the paper, Exploring the Potential Influence of Citizen Science Water Monitoring Programs on Water Resources Management and Policy in the Global South. She also served as a Stanback Fellow in the Center for the Environment at Catawba College, where she assisted in communications, survey-design research, and the planning of the annual Redesigning Our Future Youth Environmental Summit. 

While working as a Student Fellow at the Duke Superfund Community Engagement Core, Perez-Viscasillas partnered with town officials to provide environmental health information to a local community. She also contributed to the development of a social marketing campaign targeting fish consumption behavior in North Carolina—the kind of marine public outreach that got her interested in working in community outreach for the LISS and NYSG.

“That’s where I discovered social marketing, and where I learned I really love working directly with stakeholders,” Perez-Viscasillas said.

All of Perez-Viscasillas’ educational experiences helped shape her love for communicating  science and passion for working with natural resource communities and providing thoughtful and effective outreach to take care of those resources. 

“During my Master’s program, my focus became connecting people to their environment, regardless of the ecosystem. I am thrilled to work for Sea Grant and the Long Island Sound Study because it allows me to continue to interact with natural resource communities and takes me back to the marine sciences, which, coming from Puerto Rico, has always had a very special place in my heart,” Perez-Viscasillas said.

As the Long Island Sound Study Outreach Coordinator, Perez-Viscasillas will continue her career efforts to promote community engagement with natural resources by working to increase the appreciation, stewardship, awareness and understanding of Long Island Sound and the projects to restore and protect it. She will create educational programs designed to help people protect the Long Island Sound resource.

More Info: Long Island Sound Study

Long Island Sound is one of the 28 nationally-designated estuaries under the NEP, which was established by Congress in 1987 to improve the quality of Long Island Sound and other places where rivers meet the sea.

The Long Island Sound Study, conducted under the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) National Estuary Program (NEP), is a cooperative effort between the EPA and the states of Connecticut and New York to restore and protect the Sound and its ecosystems.

For more on what you can do to make a difference, click over to the "Get Involved" or "Stewardship" sections of the Long Island Sound Study's Web site. News on the Long Island Sound Study can also be found in New York Sea Grant's related archives.

If you would like to receive Long Island Sound Study's newsletter, please visit their site's homepage and sign up for the "e-news/print newsletter" under the "Stay Connected" box.

For daily updates and tips on how you can help protect and restore Long Island Sound, please join LISS on Facebook, Twitter or, sign up for their RSS feeds.

More Info: New York Sea Grant

New York Sea Grant (NYSG), a cooperative program of Cornell University and the State University of New York (SUNY), is one of 34 university-based programs under the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Sea Grant College Program.

Since 1971, NYSG has represented a statewide network of integrated research, education and extension services promoting coastal community economic vitality, environmental sustainability and citizen awareness and understanding about the State’s marine and Great Lakes resources.

Through NYSG’s efforts, the combined talents of university scientists and extension specialists help develop and transfer science-based information to many coastal user groups—businesses and industries, federal, state and local government decision-makers and agency managers, educators, the media and the interested public.

The program maintains Great Lakes offices at Cornell University, SUNY Buffalo, SUNY Oswego and the Wayne County Cooperative Extension office in Newark. In the State's marine waters, NYSG has offices at Stony Brook University in Long Island, Brooklyn College and Cornell Cooperative Extension in NYC and Kingston in the Hudson Valley.

For updates on Sea Grant activities: www.nyseagrant.org has RSS, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube links. NYSG offers a free e-list sign up via www.nyseagrant.org/nycoastlines for its flagship publication, NY Coastlines/Currents, which is published quarterly. Our program also produces an occasional e-newsletter,"NOAA Sea Grant's Social Media Review," via its blog, www.nyseagrant.org/blog.

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