Program Director

Dr. Verónica Méndez Aragón is director of the master’s program in Coastal and Marine Management. She holds a PhD in Community Ecology from University of East Anglia (U.K.), a Master of Science in Biological Diversity from University of Plymouth (U.K.), a Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology from Fairleigh Dickinson University (U.S.A.), as well as a Diploma in Marine Environmental Management from International University Study Centre (Spain). Most recently she has worked as a senior researcher at the University of Iceland and the University of East Anglia.

Dr. Verónica Méndez Aragón is an internationally recognized expert in shorebird ecology and engages in productive collaborations across Europe. In the past 5 years, she has published 13 articles in top scientific journals and presented her research extensively at prestigious international scientific meetings and seminars (British Ecological Society, British Ornithologists’ Union, International Ornithological Congress, Wader Study Group, VISTIR).

The Program Director in Coastal and Marine Management has the following roles:

  • Professional oversight over the master’s program, administration and co-ordination of the curriculum
  • Contactbetweenthe Master's program committee, University Centre staff, teachersandstudentsinCoastal and Marine Management
  • Recommend new teachers, instructors, and thesis advisors to the master’s committee
  • Facilitate cooperation, foster a network around the program and be of an assistance to teachers if needed
  • Answer or correctly forward all questions relating to professional aspects of the master’s program
  • Keep track of students’ academic progress, both in courses and when working on their theses
  • Take responsibility for thesis assessments, including presentations (lectures) and defences