Dr. Talya ten Brink is a geospatial scientist, the geospatial coordinator for the Greater Atlantic Region, and head of the GARFO GIS Lab and Program. Dr. ten Brink works with regulatory, nonprofit, scientific, and academic communities using her expertise in spatial planning, socio-ecological systems, social science and climate change impacts.
Dr. ten Brink chairs the intergovernmental International Council for Exploration of the Sea’s Marine Spatial Planning and Coastal Zone Management Working Group. She is chair of the NOAA Fisheries GIS Committee and a representative to the NOAA GIS Committee and the NOAA Data Governance Working Group.
She has worked for many years in marine, coastal, and socio-environmental systems in consulting, academic, non-profit, and government sectors, and received awards for her work. She was a SESYNC Graduate Principal Investigator and Fellow, a C-AIM SURF Fellowship P.I., a Knauss Fellow finalist, and a Rhode Island Sea Grant Fellow.
Dr. ten Brink holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Marine Affairs from the University of Rhode Island, a Master’s of Science in Urbanism from the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands, and a Bachelor’s degree in Landscape Architecture with minors in Ecological Restoration and Environmental Resource Management from the University of Washington, Seattle.