Elena Kobrinski Keen, M.S.
Elena Kobrinski Keen is a Doctoral Candidate in Coastal and Marine System Science working under Dr. Richard McLaughlin in Marine Policy and Law. Her dissertation research reviews oil rig decommissioning strategies and rigs-to-reefs programs in the Gulf of Mexico and California with an emphasis on financial liability and cost estimation, incorporating international perspectives and global case studies. She holds a Master’s Degree in Marine and Environmental Science from the University of the Virgin Islands where she became an avid SCUBA diver. Prior to her time in the Virgin Islands, she spent six years in Washington, D.C. at the environmental law firm of Beveridge & Diamond, P.C. Since 2012, she has become involved in film and its ability to translate information between marine science and the public. In 2013, she was the Film Festival Chair for GCFI’s CINEFISH Film Festival, in addition to co-founding the Reef Renaissance Film Festival being held annually in the U.S. Virgin Islands. She was a Competition Jury Member for the BLUE Ocean Film Festival and Conservation Summit in 2014, and is a part of the HRI Team that coordinated BLUE On Tour 2016, which also launched the first-ever BLUE Gulf Film Competition.