Tarsila Seara holds a PhD and a Master of Arts in Marine Affairs from the University of Rhode Island, along with a Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology from the Universidade Federal Fluminense (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil). As a graduate student, Seara focused her studies on the interactions between fisheries management strategies and different aspects of resilience and adaptive capacity of fishing communities in the U.S. Northeast Region. For five years starting in 2010, Seara worked at the Social Sciences Branch of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Marine Fisheries Service until, in 2015, she began her current position as Assistant Professor and Marine Affairs Program Coordinator at the University of New Haven. In both her teaching and research, Seara focuses on the human dimensions of marine and coastal natural resource use and management. Seara’s research focuses particularly on fishery reliant social-ecological systems (SES) and their adaptation to anthropogenic and environmental changes. Her work makes use of interdisciplinary methods of data collection to capture the perceptions and experiences of natural resource users and other coastal stakeholders through surveys, interviews, and observations. Seara’s research also involves using secondary data to analyze relevant variable trends and develop indicators. Seara uses quantitative and qualitative methods of data analysis to operationalize and investigate aspects of well-being, resilience, and adaptation in coastal fishing communities. Current projects include a socioeconomic assessment of the impacts of climate change on Puerto Rican fisheries, changes in catch composition diversity and climate change vulnerability in the U.S. Northeast Region, and an investigation of the long term socioeconomic impacts of the lobster die-off events in Long Island Sound. Seara’s goal is to contribute to the understanding of coastal SES’ resilience and adaptation to change to inform more effective and inclusive policies to achieve sustainability while maximizing socio-economic well-being.