Barbara Clabots


 Gender Interdisciplinary               Evidence-based                                                

Expert. Research. Communication. 

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About me

I am an interdisciplinary researcher working at the intersection of gender equality and the environment. 

I lived in remote areas of Costa Rica and Mexico for over 2 years doing research on sea turtles, coral reefs, and fisheries. Everywhere I lived, we were studying endangered species and working in protected areas, and yet-- there was poaching, illegal mining, and unrest over these conservation measures imposed upon communities. So I went to graduate school seeking an answer to one question: why doesn't conservation work? This question led me deep into Southeast Asian gender studies and the real world valuation of women’s empowerment and I never really looked back. While I completed an interdisciplinary marine affairs degree from the University of Washington, my focus area was in applied gender sociology.

Now, I'm working to bring the lessons learned from working abroad back home to Washington State.

As an independent consultant, I have transcribed interviews, engaged stakeholders in environmental policy, and produced communications-- from social media to press releases. 

I have recently turned my attention to using technology for social good-- my focus on learning to code is just at the beginning. Check out my projects to see what I've learned and what I'm working on. My 'pie in the sky' dream is to measure gender inequality across a variety of sectors, so we can understand what work we really have to do to achieve equality!

I am also a clean water advocate not just for wildlife but also for people, as I am a swimmer/paddler/surfer/snowboarder. I currently serve as a board member for Rowan Institute, and as an advisor to Washington Women for Climate Action Now. I served the community for several years as Seattle Surfrider's Volunteer Coordinator and mentored young adults through my passion project with the "Hold On To Your Butts" cigarette litter initiative. Check out communications to see recent articles, data visualizations, and speaking engagements.


  • Honors Bachelors of Science from St. Louis University, Major: Biology, Minor: Spanish, Certificate in Leadership Development, Graduated Magna Cum Laude (2008)

  • St. Francis Xavier Scholar for Merit, Service, and Leadership at St. Louis U. (2004-2008)

  • Masters of Marine Affairs from University of Washington, published the first paper evaluating the impact of women on marine protected area management (2013)

  • Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellow for Southeast Asian studies and Tagalog awarded by U.S. Department of Education(2012-2013)

  • Young Green Leader awarded by Washington Conservation Voters (2015)