About Us: Meet our PhD Candidate
Ms. Sanya Compton is a native of the beautiful 32 island-chain nation of St. Vincent and the Grenadines. She recently began working at the University of the West Indies’ Centre for Resource Management and Environmental Studies (UWI-CERMES) as a research assistant under the direction of Dr. Patrick McConney, Senior Lecturer.

Sanya is also currently pursing her PhD in Natural Resource Management at UWI-CERMES; her focus is on marine policy and governance, specifically - national intersectoral coordination mechanisms. She holds a BSc. in Marine and Environmental Sciences and a MSc. in Marine Science Policy from Savannah State University in Savannah, GA.

Sanya returned to the Caribbean after spending over a decade in the United States studying, researching and working in the marine and environmental science fields. Former work and research experiences include completing the (U.S.) national Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship as a Policy Analyst with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) where she worked closely with the directors of the Science Advisory Board (SAB) and the Laboratories & Cooperative Institutes (LCI) conducting science reviews and assisting with research and development projects.

She has also designed and conducted research projects at the United States Marine Policy Center, and at the Wood Hole Oceanographic Institute she investigated the impacts of climate change on commercial tuna stocks in the small island developing states (SIDS) of the equatorial Pacific. Her masters thesis focused coastal resource management in Caribbean SIDS.

Sanya intends to continue making meaningful and timely  contributions in marine policy through research and advocacy, with renewed focus and passion for the Wider Caribbean region.

Sanya Compton

PhD Candidate
BSc (Savannah State University)
MSc (Savannah State University)

Email: sanyacompton@gmail.com