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Mercy Borbor-Cordova Portafolio

Mercy J. Borbor-Cordova, Ph.D

Oceanographer by training and Environmental Scientist An interdisciplinary scientist working on the interactions among natural or human systems and the climate effects on society.

I have managed to combine roles as both researcher and public officer involved in decision-making processes at the local, regional and national level.

My work is in the areas of environmental management, urban resilience and vulnerability, disaster risk reduction, and climate change.
As a public officer I have served as Vice-minister of the Ministry of Environment for Ecuador, Chief of Environmental Control for the City of Guayaquil and Province Director of Risk Disaster Management for Guayas. Integrating Science and Policy is the main focus of my interdisciplinary research work.

Notable current work:

Selected as Lead author for the Working Group III, Mitigation, national and subnational institutions (Chapter 13), for the (IPCC) 2018- 2022.
Selected as Expert for the Climatology Section – (WMO) for the Working group Human Resources 2018-2020. Working with an international team in developing Climate Services Capacity globally.
Member of the Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) - Inter American Institue for Global Change Research -
Member of the Climate, Environment and Health Commitee at the Inter American Institue for Global Change Research.
Scientific Advisor of the Antarctic Program of Ecuador, 2012- current.


Ph.D. Environmental Sciences, State University of New York, College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Syracuse, NY, USA, 2005
M.Sc. Environmental Sciences, SUNY-ESF, Syracuse, NY, USA, 1999
B.Sc. Oceanography, Escuela Superior Politecnica del Litoral, Guayaquil, Ecuador, 1985
B. Art Architecture, Universidad Laica Vicente Rocafuerte, Guayaquil, Ecuador, 1986

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