STEMExplore Virtual Career Connection with a Marine Science Community Conservation Action Expert

July 29, 2020 1:00 PM


Join EarthEcho International as we highlight relatable voices in STEM careers! With STEMExplore, we invite female professionals to share their STEM journey with a live audience during dynamic virtual events.

The conversation will focus on women in STEM and the STEMExplore Mentor will share her personal journey and the positive influences that helped her to realize her professional capabilities.

During this 30-minute session, the participants will:
- Learn about marine science as a career in general;
- Observe the day to day tasks of a conservationist working in fisheries management;
- Gain insight into a STEM career and learn the steps it takes to become a professional in this area;
- Ask interview questions of the STEMExplore expert.

Date: July 29, 2020 at 1:00 PM EASTERN

Topic/Career: Marine Science, Fisheries, Conservation Management

STEMExplore Mentor: Dr. Karlisa Callwood, Director, Community Conservation Action Program at Perry Institute for Marine Science


Dr. Karlisa Callwood

Director, Community Conservation Action Program at Perry Institute for Marine Science

Dr. Karlisa Callwood is a marine scientist and educator who focuses on interdisciplinary approaches to evaluating fisheries and conservation management. Her interests include establishing practices to enhance science education, particularly from those from undeserved communities, and enhancing strategies to better bridge the gaps that exist between scientists, policymakers, and the public through informal science learning and interdisciplinary approaches.

Karlisa has over a decade of experience developing and managing informal science education programming. She has created and overseen the implementation of a variety of science programs and grant projects at organizations like the Frost Museum of Science, the Deering Estate at Cutler, Breakthrough Miami, the Port Townsend Marine Science Center, and Pacific Science Center. This includes the management of several programs focused specifically on engaging students from underrepresented and underserved communities in the sciences.

A native of the USVI, Karlisa graduated from the University of Miami with a B.S. in Marine Science and Biology, an M.S. in Marine Affairs and Policy, and a Ph.D. in Ecosystem Science and Policy, with a focus on interdisciplinary studies of fisheries management, conservation and sustainability. Her dissertation examined the natural and anthropogenic factors that influence the Bahamian Spiny Lobster fishery, including the role of condos as a collection method, the dispersal and connectivity of spiny lobster larvae throughout the Caribbean, the bioeconomic impacts on the fishery, and the perceptions of all the stakeholders involved, and how all these elements interact to create and define the fishery, including the implications of this convergence on overall management.  Karlisa’s current research is focused on the socio-economic dynamics and fishery perceptions of an emerging parrotfish fishery in The Bahamas.

Classroom Resources

STEMExplore Mentor Reflection Guide

Use this worksheet to allow students to reflect on their experience with a STEMExplore mentor after a Virtual Career Connection.

Science Standards