Veronica Malabanan Lucchese
Graduating with a Bachelors in Marine Affairs, Geology, and Anthropology from the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science (RSMAS), Veronica has an extensive background in understanding the processes of our natural world as well as the human practices based around them. With a minor in art and enrichment education in journalism and film, she brings a deep understanding of science and communications to her role as the Northeast Fisheries Science Center’s James J. Howard Marine Sciences Laboratory fisheries and aquaculture outreach and communications specialist.
Veronica has worked in science communications since 2012 with organizations such as the New York Aquarium, Central Park, Hudson River Park, Biscayne Nature Center, Miami Waterkeeper, and NOAA’s Southeast Fisheries Science Center. Her passion for communicating the importance of protecting and enjoying our natural environment has helped her be recognized for or awarded with:
- University of Miami’s 2020 PlusOne Scholarship
- 2019 Research Honors Thesis for her undergraduate thesis on modeling the larval distribution of the long-spined sea urchin (Diadema)
- Florida Outdoor Writers Association Scholarship in 2019
- University of Miami’s GIS Day photo contest in 2018
A New York City native, she is glad to be back in the Northeast and looks forward to giving back to the community that made her. As the communication specialist, Veronica hopes to unite the marine organizations and programs in the Sandy Hook, New Jersey, area to create strong partnerships ensuring the sustainable management of our natural resources.