Zena Grecni

Sustained Climate Assessment Specialist, Research Program
GrecniZ [at] EastWestCenter.org
Area of Expertise: 

Climate change adaptation and vulnerability in the Pacific islands; ocean and coastal governance; socioeconomic and institutional indicators of adaptive capacity; climate-induced human migration

Zena Grecni is the Sustained Climate Assessment Specialist for the Pacific Islands Regional Climate Assessment (PIRCA), a regional collaborative effort to assess climate change indicators, impacts, and adaptive capacity of the Hawaiian archipelago and the US-Affiliated Pacific Islands (USAPI).  Ms. Grecni received a Master of Environmental Management (2015) from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.  Her program of study centered on climate change adaptation and freshwater and coastal governance, with a particular focus on small islands.  She completed a fellowship with the Global Island Partnership (GLISPA) and an internship with the Secretariat for the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) in Apia, Samoa, where she worked with member countries to build institutional readiness for climate adaptation finance. She served as Research Assistant for two years at the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication, managing digital media and analyzing nationally representative survey data about people’s climate change beliefs and attitudes.  Before studying at Yale, Ms. Grecni previously worked at the East-West Center as Communications Coordinator for the Pacific Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments (RISA) program, a regional climate research partnership for the U.S.-affiliated Pacific Islands.  From 2010-2012, she served as Program Associate at the University of Hawai‘i’s Center for Island Climate Adaptation and Policy.  Her current work with PIRCA involves coordinating regional contributions to the National Climate Assessment, synthesizing climate information to support Pacific Island adaptation initiatives, and working with researchers at the East-West Center, Pacific RISA, and other regional entities to establish a set of biophysical and social indicators of climate change impacts and management responses.