Executive Director, Metcalf Institute and Clinical Associate Professor of Environmental Communication, Metcalf Institute, University of Rhode Island
Sunshine Menezes (she/her) is executive director of the University of Rhode Island’s Metcalf Institute and Clinical Associate Professor of Environmental Communication in the URI Department of Natural Resources Science. Her professional expertise spans oceanography, estuarine ecology, environmental and energy policy, inclusive science communication and engagement, and promoting societal participation in science through boundary-spanning graduate education and professional development for journalists and scientists. As a teacher, she aims to empower students with science communication skills through interdisciplinary explorations of communication and public engagement scholarship and practice. Menezes earned a Ph.D. in oceanography from the URI Graduate School of Oceanography in 2005.