Caitlyn Toropova has been announced as the WCPA - Marine MPA Coordination Officer based in Washington DC.
Caitlyn is based at IUCN and works between The Nature Conservancy, Conservation International, The World Wide Fund for Nature and WCPA-Marine. Caitlyn started her professional life as a marine mammal biologist, working primarily in behavior and acoustics. After her master’s on grey whale behavior and residency patterns, Caitlyn worked in wildlife filmmaking and eventually founded a company that brought at-risk students into the marine environment to create in-water conservation projects.
Looking to broaden her professional reach she joined the Nature Conservancy as a scientist for the Global Marine Team in 2006. There she was tasked with coordinating work on marine ecosystem based management, ecosystem services and coral reef resilience and undertaking a global shellfish condition analysis.
Her current goals are to implement the Protect Planet Ocean Reviews, the MPA “commitment tracker”, raise the profile of MPAs to increase progress towards the 2012 marine protected areas goal, highlight successes and challenges of MPA network development and implementation at international events, and bring partners together to increase synergies and momentum for implementing marine protected areas globally.