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Laura Brewington

Co-Director, Pacific Research on Island Solutions for Adaptation (Pacific RISA) program; Research Professor, Global Institute for Sustainability, Arizona State University


Dr. Laura Brewington holds a joint appointment as a Research Professor at the Arizona State University Global Institute for Sustainability and Innovation and a Research Fellow at the East-West Center. She is also Affiliate Faculty at the University of Hawaiʻi Sea Grant program. Specializing in the intersection between climate change and invasive species, Dr. Brewington co-founded the Pacific Regional Invasive Species and Climate Change (RISCC) management network and is a member of the Pacific Invasives Partnership, promoting a coordinated regional approach to international biosecurity and natural resources management. In 2023, she was appointed to the Invasive Species Advisory Committee (ISAC), which advises US Federal Government agencies on priority invasive species issues, both regionally and nationally. She received her Ph.D. in Geography from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill based on research in agriculture, invasive species, and conservation in the Galapagos Islands of Ecuador, and has over 15 years of applied work in island conservation, climate adaptation science, and spatial ecology.

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