Expedition Team

Hilary Hoagland-Grey - W-82


Hilary Hoagland-Grey graduated in 1987 from the University of Miami, with degrees in marine science and geology.  Her time on the RV Westward (SEA Semester class W-82) during her studies helped to dispel any doubts about career choices, as did being exposed to interesting research at University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science.  Not long after graduating, Hilary moved to London from where she spent the next 12 years living and working on environmental projects in Europe.  These projects included several in interesting marine environments such as the Black Sea, the Mediterranean Sea, and Hilary’s personal favorite, the Caspian Sea.  Along the way she got a master’s degree from the London School of Economics in international marine policy.

Hilary now lives with her husband Alex in Washington, DC, and works as an environmental specialist for the Inter-American Development Bank.  She works with her colleagues on ensuring that the bank’s development projects are sustainable from an environmental and social perspective and that they meet the bank’s rigorous environmental and social standards.  She is currently working on a fascinating alternative air conditioning project using cold deep ocean water to cool the facilities of a massive tourism resort.  Her other projects range from chemical and cement plants to small hotels, with some roads and hydropower plants in the jungle thrown in for good measure.  She also is involved in several working groups and studies looking at the issues of climate change-related risks to coastal infrastructure, and potential adaptive measures.