Esperanza Stancioff, Extension Professor, Climate Change Educator
University of Maine Cooperative Extension & Maine Sea Grant
Esperanza's current work focuses on climate change adaptation through education, outreach and research to promote climate change awareness and adaptation planning. She is the coordinator for Maine’s Climate Change Adaptation Service Providers Network (CCAP) working to support municipalities’ efforts in partnership with state agencies and other organizations. She is also chair of the NE Regional Sea Grant Climate Network and steering committee member of National Sea Grant Climate Network and the Northeast Regional Coastal Acidification Network (NECAN), and co-coordinates the Signs of the Seasons Program.
Since joining University of Maine Cooperative Extension in 1988, Esperanza has designed and implemented educational programs in coastal ecosystem health, specifically in marine environmental monitoring and watershed assessment and management. She is the recipient of a Gulf of Maine Visionary Award from the Gulf of Maine Council on the Marine Environment for her long-term devotion to improving public awareness and protection of estuarine water quality (1992) and a Maryann Hartman Award for her contributions to statewide environmental stewardship and marine education (1999).