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Francisco Pagan, Marine Biologist

Francisco Pagan, Marine Biologist

Francisco Pagan, Marine Biologist

Francisco Pagan: A Day in the Life Donut chart showing the typical work duties of Francisco Pagan, Marine Biologist. Strategic Assessment and Evaluation Pink chart segment spanning 40% of the whole: the percentage of time Francisco Pagan spends on Strategic Assessment and Evaluation Budget Planning Green chart segment spanning 30% of the whole: the percentage of time Francisco Pagan spends on Budget Planning Coordination and Collaboration Blue chart segment spanning 30% of the whole: the percentage of time Francisco Pagan spends on Coordination and Collaboration Daily Duties

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The Coral Reef Conservation Program is a partnership between the NOAA Offices that work on coral reef issues as a multidisciplinary approach to understanding and conserving coral reef ecosystems. Francisco contributes to the management and growth of the program through stakeholder engagement, coordination, and technical support.

Tell me about when or how you knew you wanted to pursue your current career.

Growing up in Puerto Rico and visiting the beach frequently with my family awakened in me a need to know more about the ocean. I watched documentaries and read books about the ocean, and snorkeling was my favorite activity. One day after a snorkeling trip when I was 8 or 9 years old, I walked out of the water and told my father I wanted to be a marine biologist, a path I followed until completion.

Describe to me how you came to be where you are today in your career.

Throughout my education and early career I worked mostly on research oriented topics, but found myself involved in research towards management needs and program management through interactions with conservation stakeholders. Continuing on that path, I managed a university coral program, a state coral program, and am currently a member of the Strategic Evaluation and Assessment team for the Coral Reef Conservation Program.

Tell me a story about a time your work felt exciting or rewarding.

One of the most rewarding experiences of my early professional career was when I started teaching at an environmental graduate program and helped students in their career development. As a mentor to some of these same students, I was provided with an opportunity to pay forward all the faith people had previously shown to me.

What would you recommend to those who want to pursue a career in your field?

Always try to look at the big picture, keep an open mind, and try to understand all the underlying connections that link nature and human interactions.

  • Name: Francisco Pagan
  • Location: Silver Spring, Maryland
  • Education: Ph.D. in Biology
  • National Ocean Service Program Office: Coral Reef Conservation Program

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