Aria St.Louis is a Grenadian who is currently Head of the Environment Division at the Ministry of Climate Resilience, Environment, Forestry, Fisheries and Disaster Management in Grenada. Her research and interests lie in addressing the impacts of climate change on island biodiversity with emphasis on using ecosystem based adaptation approaches for both marine and terrestrial ecosystems. Her collaborations including multi-disciplinary research (ecology and evolutionary genetics) on commercially important fish species, endangered species (plants and animals) and habitat indicator species.
Prior to the Government of Grenada, She has worked in the Department of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences at University of Florida and has been attached to Ontario’s Ministry of Natural Resources DNA Profiling and Forensic Centre in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada. A graduate of the University of the West Indies (Mona Campus) she has carried out molecular DNA work as a visiting scholar on the newly identified cryptic species (Eastern wolf ), endangered wood poppy and the Tamworth pig. She has a Master of Philosophy (MPhil) in marine biology, and a background in use of molecular markers to address conservation questions, use of geographic information systems (GIS) in spatial genetics and is an avid scuba diver.