Collaborative Institute fellows are individuals who are not only highly regarded for their achievements in the field of marine science, ocean management, or environmental policy, but who have chosen to align their work with that of the Institute. CIOCS Fellows’ areas of foci closely align with ours and help advance understanding of our mission.
First CIOCS Fellow and CIOCS Advisor, William J. Brennan, PhD serves as the fourteenth president of the Maine Maritime Academy. He is a leading authority on environmental policy relating to oceans, the atmosphere, and maritime issues. Brennan has served as Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, as assistant U.S. secretary of commerce for oceans and atmosphere, and as commissioner of the Department of Marine Resources for the State of Maine. Dr. Brennan has 33 years of federal and private practice experience in environmental science and policy management.
"Based upon my direct experience as a senior official managing the complex federal climate research endeavor, I have come to believe that many of the pressing global problems that also affect our national security are manifestations of the interconnectedness of oceans, climate and human security issues. The Collaborative Institute for Oceans, Climate, and Security is one of the few organizations to recognize and emphasize this understanding.
The Collaborative Institute, because of its unique policy and science niche and taking advantage of the research strengths and impressive variety of other institutions that exists within the University of Massachusetts system, has a rare opportunity to advance our public discourse about what is arguably the capstone societal issue." - William Brennan
Maria da Luz Fernandes, MSc, is an environmental engineer at the University of Aveiro in Portugal and a research fellow at its Center for Environment and Ocean Studies (CESAM). Her work is in the field of marine spacial planning (MSP) and integrated coastal zone management. Her areas of expertise include marine policies and governance and planning and environmental sustainability.
As a CIOCS fellow, she is studying cross-border cooperation in marine spacial planning in the U.S. and Europe. In [particular, she is investigating the legal and policy frameworks for cross-border MSP implementation on each side of the Atlantic Basin, which includes survey and assessment of the applicable global, regional, and bilateral instruments for the implementation of a transboundary MSP in these regions.