Marvourneen K. Dolor, Ph.D.

Owner/Principal at MKDolor Consulting LLC

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I've been an environmental scientist, policy adviser and advocate for 10+ years, working on these issues:

  • Stakeholder Engagement
  • Water Resources Management
  • Climate Change Adaptation
  • Ocean Conservation
  • Ocean Observing Systems
  • Sustainable Maritime Transportation

One of my strengths is preparing and delivering engaging presentations on complicated scientific topics by translating technical information into policy-relevant language.
This is a crucial part of tackling wicked problems, which most environmental challenges are.

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Great Lakes Ballast Water Collaborative

(U.S. Department of Transportation, Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation)

I provide multi-faceted support for the Collaborative. This includes agenda development: a months long exercise building consensus among a range of experts from different industries, culminating in a comprehensive agenda for multi-day meetings. I also coordinate meeting logistics and supervise administrative staff in completing this function - working with venues in a variety of U.S. and Canadian locations to host a meeting for 70+ people. During the meetings I adjust the agenda on the fly to facilitate longer conversations on topics that are particularly resonant with attendees.
After meetings I serve as managing editor for the group's reports, which have been cited by the EPA's Science Advisory Board.
In the months between meetings I stay in touch with key attendees: via attendance at other meetings, emails with pertinent and useful information to their work, and informal catchups whenever possible.

Great Lakes Observing System

I initiate and facilitate conversations between GLOS and senior leadership of other organizations. I guide these conversations towards synergistic collaborative endeavors. I advise GLOS senior leadership on organizational management issues including staff motivation and accountability and enabling more active board participation.
I developed, iterated and implemented a GLOS Awareness-Raising campaign to develop relationships with congressional staff on behalf of GLOS. We went from staffers barely recognizing our organization's name to them reaching out to us and offering to bring the congressional members themselves to GLOS offices for in-person visits 6 months after the campaign began.
GLOS needed help with fundraising so I rolled up my sleeves and got to work exploring a range of options from large to tiny foundations, to government funding opportunities in both the U.S. and Canada. I lead or support proposal development to pursue these opportunities.

Port State Measures Agreement (PSMA) Campaign

(The Pew Charitable Trusts, Ending Illegal Fishing Project)

Starting with the board-approved strategy document that described campaign goals, I developed detailed work plans for project consultants and staff. This included specific tasks, expected next steps, and deadlines. Tackling a problem like ending illegal fishing can be overwhelming and can lead to team members spinning their wheels as they face one seemingly intractable international negotiation process after the other. These plans provided a structure through which the team was able to achieve tangible, positive, project momentum and also helped us identify certain tasks that needed to be modified drastically. As part of this work, I developed advocacy material leading to U.S. implementation of the PSMA.
I also coordinated input to federal regulations from a number of other advocacy teams and edited this material down to concise prose.

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I'm an an Environmental Scientist with 10+ years of research and policy experience. My areas of expertise include maritime transportation, water resources management, climate change adaptation, ocean observing systems, ocean conservation and fisheries management. My focus area is linking scientists and policy-makers by synthesizing large amounts of technical information to determine the most productive solutions to complex problems.

I work with the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation, where I manage the Great Lakes Ballast Water Collaborative, advise the Ballast Water Working Group, and provide environmental policy analysis. I also work with the Great Lakes Observing System where I focus on organizational development and stakeholder engagement. I recently worked with the Ending Illegal Fishing Project at the Pew Charitable Trusts. While there, I contributed to efforts to ensure the entry into force of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization’s 2009 Port State Measures Agreement, which occured in June 2016.

I hold a Bachelor’s degree with High Honors in Marine and Environmental Sciences from the United States Coast Guard Academy, and Master’s and Doctoral degrees from the University of Maryland, College Park in Analytical & Environmental Chemistry.

Work with me

You need an environmental consultant, but not just any generic environmental consultant will do.
You need someone with extensive environmental science experience who understands how science and policy intersect with, and influence, each other.
But, you also want someone who:

  • Thinks strategically;
  • Formulates actionable project plans;
  • Understands the importance and ins and outs of stakeholder engagement;
  • Is a great team member, whether we work together for a few hours or a few years.

If this is your situation - we should talk.