Mentors 2020-2021

Natalie Prinz (Germany)

Natalie Prinz was part of the first cohort of All-Atlantic Ocean Youth Ambassadors (Germany) and is now a Mentor. She graduated from the University of Western Australia with a B.Sc. in Marine Science and from the University of Bremen with a M.Sc. in Tropical Marine Ecology. In April 2020 she started a PhD at the University of Waikato to engage in New Zealand’s Sustainable Seas Challenge. For this she now works in estuaries and investigates how native species can restore an intertidal system after disturbance. To her, the concept of collaborating countries around an ocean basin and a global ocean approach seems particularly promising for the new Ocean Science Decade and the Decade on Ecosystem Restoration. She is looking forward to the role as a Mentor because both cohorts can inspire, learn from each other, and work towards a future in which the Youth is actively taking responsibility.

Alicia Wilson (U.S.)

Alicia Wilson, U.S. All-Atlantic Ocean Youth Mentor, works for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as a project manager and biologist. Completing her National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) John A. Knauss Fellowship early in 2020, Alicia worked for the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service's Coastal and Marine program assisting with voluntary based conservation projects, climate resilience and marine protected areas. Alicia graduated with her Master's in Wildlife and Natural Resources from the University of Georgia studying loggerhead sea turtle nesting response to rising sea levels and a Bachelor's in Marine Biology from Roger Williams University in Rhode Island.

Eugénia Rocha (Portugal)

Eugénia has a degree in Marine Biology and has played an active role in several environmental volunteering projects, from national to international organizations. With the main focus on scientific communication, she organized a big diversity of community events. Professionally, she is a consultant for the Sustainable Ocean Alliance (SOA), responsible for managing a community of young ocean leaders. During this last year, Eugénia was the All-Atlantic Ocean Youth Ambassador of Portugal, and she gave ocean literacy talks to students as attended several conferences and online events. Now, she is starting her mandate as a mentor for the new Atlantic Ambassadors and she believes that the AAORA is an incredible opportunity to synchronize synergies and thoughts for conscious and sustainable management of our ocean and waters.