Chief Scientific Officer, Pelagic Data Systems
Dr. Melissa Garren is a marine biologist with expertise at the intersection of technology and marine conservation. She has extensive experience working with local communities and diverse groups of stakeholders to effect positive change on issues of fishery sustainability and nearshore water quality. As the Chief Scientific Officer at Pelagic Data Systems, an innovative technology company enabling transparency at sea for small-scale fisheries, she is responsible for providing scientific leadership and aligning the company's technology development programs with the needs of both the ecosystems and the communities dependent on them. She holds a B.S. in Molecular Biology from Yale University, M.S. and Ph.D. in Marine Biology from Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and completed postdoctoral work in the Dpt. of Civil and Environmental Engineering at MIT in the application of cutting-edge technologies to marine conservation solutions.