Larissa GrahamOil Spill Extension Specialist
Larissa is one of four oil spill outreach coordinators around the Gulf of Mexico who will be sharing oil spill research funded by the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) with coastal audiences. Larissa obtained her bachelor's degree in environmental science from the University of Connecticut and her master's degree in fisheries and wildlife science from Virginia Tech. In addition, Larissa is a trained facilitator and has experience developing and evaluating outreach programs for various audiences.
Prior to taking this position, Larissa worked as the Coastal Training Program Coordinator for the Grand Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve in Moss Point, Mississippi. She assessed stakeholder needs and developed workshops and other training sessions that focused on water quality, habitat restoration and climate change to ensure that decision makers had the most up-to-date science to manage coastal resources. Before moving to the Gulf Coast, Larissa worked for the New York Sea Grant College Program as the outreach coordinator for the National Estuary Program for Long Island Sound, where she taught coastal residents, community leaders, teacher and students about the health of Long Island Sound.