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On 1 April 2016, I defended my PhD dissertation — on marine, estuarine and environmental science from the University of Maryland, College Park — and passed. I was lucky to already have an offer for a position lined up in the private sector as a consultant for the engineering firm AECOM. I became the climate adaptation and resilience lead for the US southeast, Latin America and the Caribbean, spearheading the identification of business opportunities related to climate resilience.
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