Dr. Alida Ortiz-Sotomayor is a retired professor of biology from the University of Puerto Rico, Humacao.  Dr. Ortiz-Sotomayor has dedicated most of her professional life to the promotion of marine literacy and education among teachers and non-scientists. She has collaborated with other educators in the production of teaching materials on coral reefs and related ecosystems for K-12 students and personnel in marine protected areas in the Caribbean.  She Dr. Ortiz-Sotomajor continues her teaching and mentoring roles as a Graduate Lecturer at the Metropolitan University, San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Dr. Ortiz-Sotomajor served in several administrative roles during her tenure with the University of Puerto Rico.  Said roles included functioning as Director of the UPR Sea Grant Marine Program; Dean of Academic Affairs, Humacao University College; and Special Assistant to the President of the University of Puerto Rico.

Dr. Ortiz-Sotomajor has served as a consultant to regional and international organizations in the development and delivery of capacity building programs in integrated coastal areas management, marine protected areas management, and environmental protection practices in hotel operations.

Dr. Ortiz-Sotomajor’s experience in the civil society sector includes serving on the advisory councils of the Puerto Rico Conservation Trust, the Science and Engineering Education Division of Oak Ridge Associated Universities, and Subaquatic Archaeology.  Her current board roles include President of Consultores Educativos Ambientales C.S.P. and Chairperson of the Outreach and Education Panel of the Caribbean Fishery Management Council.