Dr. Torres earned her doctoral degree in 2017 from the University of South Florida’s School of Geosciences, and she holds a master’s degree in coastal environmental management from Duke University. Dr. Torres has contributed to multiple NSF research grants including work on a project about climate change adaptation and resilience ( as well as her current work on a project about restoration and sense of place in the Indian River Lagoon, Florida ( She also created an app to document inland sources of marine litter through a NOAA-funded project to prevent marine debris through outreach and education. Dr. Torres has earned awards for teaching excellence in a STEM field, having taught a variety of undergraduate courses including cultural geography, geography of Latin America, water resources management, and environmental science, which included a field component in the Florida Keys. Dr. Torres’ research is interdisciplinary, and centered around the themes of environmental sustainability, disaster resilience, and human-nature interactions. She will co-mentor students in all research tracks in Belize and Orlando.

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