Fellowship institution:NOAA, National Marine Fisheries Service, Office of International Affairs
Carrie Soltanoff served in the National Marine Fisheries Service Office of International Affairs at NOAA. Her portfolio included shark and Atlantic tuna conservation, bycatch reduction, and regulation of foreign fishing vessels. She produced briefing materials and policy papers for meetings and negotiations on international issues.
Originally from upstate New York, Soltanoff completed a master of science in the Sustainable Development and Conservation Biology program at the University of Maryland. During her graduate studies, Soltanoff carried out applied research projects for the World Wildlife Fund, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, and Rare Conservation.
She served as a Peace Corps volunteer for two years in Ecuador, where she conducted work for her thesis about shifting environmental baselines among fishermen -- the idea that each generation of fishermen has a distinct view of the current state of fish populations -- and the implications for management of a marine reserve. Soltanoff used her fluency in Spanish to interview the fishermen about their work for her research.
Following her fellowship, Soltanoff was hired as consultant for the National Marine Fisheries Service Highly Migratory Fisheries Management Division through a contract with I.M. Systems Group.