Fulbright U.S. Student Ambassador, Deborah Purce
Deborah Purce conducted marine ecology and coastal management research as a U.S. Fulbrighter in Chile (2007-2008). She was hosted by a marine ecologist at La Universidad Católica del Norte in Coquimbo and worked closely with the managers of Chile’s recently established network of Marine and Coastal Protected Areas in Copiapó, Punta Arenas and Puerto Montt.
Her research compared the site specific strategies and barriers associated with developing the ecological, legal and management frameworks for Chile’s first three marine protected areas. Upon her return to the U.S. Deborah worked as a marine naturalist and guide on the waters and through the fjords of S.E. Alaska. Deborah is currently developing shoreline public access tools and policy guidelines at the Washington State Department of Ecology.