Dr. Lida Teneva

Science Director

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Lida Teneva, PhD, is an experienced leader in climate and marine conservation science and policy. Lida oversees various projects at OST, helps build partnerships with other organizations, and helps develop new programmatic directions. Currently, Lida supports OST’s Blue Carbon work, DEI in Ocean Sciences initiative, and Legislative Science Services, as well as development of marine energy and fisheries projects.

Prior to joining the California Ocean Science Trust in 2019, she served as Science Officer for Dalio Philanthropies’ OceanX initiative. Prior to OceanX, she worked in Hawai‘i as Science Advisor for Conservation International and worked on marine protected areas in Fiji with the Wildlife Conservation Society. She has also been an expedition guide for National Geographic Expeditions around the world. Lida assists sustainable ocean solution start-ups as a mentor for the European accelerator, Katapult Ocean. Lida serves on the Board of Trustees for OneReef Worldwide Conservation.

Lida received her PhD from Stanford University, and holds an MA from Columbia University and BA from Franklin and Marshall College. Lida currently serves on the Board of Trustees for OneReef Worldwide Conservation.

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