Supin Wongbusarakum, Ph.D.
Supin Wongbusarakum is a social scientist at NOAA’s Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center. She is passionate and committed to improving human well-being and ensuring that behavioral change and social safeguards are integrated into sustainable resource management and into fostering climate adaptation and social-ecological resilience. Using an ecosystem approach and bio-cultural disciplines to collaborate with communities, resource stewards, and multi-disciplinary scientists and partners, she has worked internationally for 20 years in conservation and natural resource management to lead and support programs aimed at balancing ecological health with sustainable livelihoods and cultural integrity.
Supin earned a Ph.D. in Human Geography from the University of Hawai'i and an international Leadership Certificate from the East-West Center. She is the Pacific Island Regional Socioeconomic Monitoring coordinator for the Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network and a member of the working group “Evidencing links between human well-being, governance and conservation effectiveness” with the IUCN Commission on Environmental, Economic & Social Policy (Human Wellbeing and Sustainable Livelihoods).