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Patricia Pinto da Silva has been a Social Scientist for NOAA Fisheries at the Northeast Fisheries Science Center in Woods Hole, Massachusetts since 2003. Patricia’s research on the human dimensions of fisheries initially investigated the role of fishermen and fishing communities in collaborative fisheries management. Her current work involves interdisciplinary research on the broader marine ecosystem and in particular the food system that fisheries are intrinsically linked to. Following the Fish, a current project, follows fish from New England waters from the ocean to final use. Since 2005, Patricia has led the creation, expansion and management of Voices from the Fisheries an online repository for oral histories related to the human connection to fisheries. This collection currently houses over 1,000 oral histories.
From 2008-2009, Patricia was a Research Fellow in the Sustainability Science Program at the Harvard Kennedy School. From 2010-2012, she was a participant in NOAA’s Leadership Competencies and Development Program (LCDP). Patricia is deeply committed to building capacity through coaching and mentorship. She is a certified executive leadership coach and serves on NOAA’s LCDP Leadership Coaching Cadre providing coaching to current and next generation leaders.
Patricia has studied and worked outside of the United States for over 10 years.
Prior to joining NOAA, Pinto da Silva completed a PhD in Social Policy from the London School of Economics.