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Ava Ibanez

Ocean Policy Fellow

Area of Focus



Austin, Texas



Ava has a background in science and law, which she aims to use in environmental legislation and litigation as a means of advocating for sound environmental policy based on science. She has a Bachelor of Science in Marine and Freshwater Biology from The University Texas (UT) and holds a Juris Doctor degree from The Pennsylvania State University. At UT, Ava’s primary research focused on water contamination in urban watersheds and on the ecological effects of hypoxia in the Gulf of Mexico. Ava has also worked on projects in the Yucatán Peninsula, in Mexico, looking at the impacts of eco-tourism on the community and the ecosystem. While in law school, Ava held various legal roles, including at a nationally recognized civil litigation firm in Pittsburgh, at the Pennsylvania Centre County Court of Common Pleas, and at Earthjustice. During her time at Earthjustice, Ava served as a law clerk for the Oceans Program, where she worked on litigation related to offshore drilling deregulation and violations of federal environmental laws, such as the Endangered Species Act and the Clean Water Act.

Ava recently passed the bar exam and is in the process of being admitted as an attorney to continue advancing strong environmental policy. In her free time, Ava practices photography, enjoys long hikes, and loves anything with an ocean view.