Veronica Relano-Ecija

Student Fellow


PhD Candidate


Institute for Oceans and Fisheries





Geographic Location

Vancouver, BC

Veronica Relano-Ecija is interested in marine conservation, connectivity and the socio-ecological issues resulting from the mismanagement of marine resources. One important component of her research is to understand how to better communicate conservation actions to a broader audience to achieve change on the ground. Her project “SOS – Somos OceanoS (ocean stories for conservation)” was recently endorsed by the UN Ocean Decade. It will explore the needs of people living in and around ‘paper MPAs’. SOS intends to raise local voices and find ways to start a conversation for equitable management and conservation of marine resources. The project also aims to raise awareness among stakeholders that climate change is real and that inaction will incur substantial ecological and social costs.Veronica also collaborates with the NGO Water Science Policy, and as part of her PhD degree contributes her skills to advance the work of the Sea Around Us, an initiative led by Dr. Daniel Pauly.

Areas of Interest: marine conservation, coastal communities’ engagement, co-management, science communication, marine governance

Primary Recipient Awards

Veronica Relano-Ecija – Catalyst Fellows – 2022

The Wall Catalyst Student Fellow cohort will first come together to engage in the online, interdisciplinary Facing Human Wrongs course and subsequently work together on a number of public-facing projects.

The course content touches upon systemic, historical and ongoing violence, unsustainability, our complicities in social and ecological harm, and our tendency to address complex problems, such as biodiversity loss, food insecurity, economic and political crises, and the potential for social and environmental collapse, with simplistic solutions. The course requires students to be willing to be uncomfortable and to have their perspective challenged.