Lauretta Burke is a Senior Associate in the People and Ecosystems Program of the World Resources Institute. She leads WRI’s Reefs at Risk series of map-based analyses of threats to the world’s coral reefs. Reefs at Risk Revisited, an update of WRI’s 1998 global analysis, was released in early 2011. She also leads the Coastal Capital project which focuses on economic valuation of coastal resources for improved management.
Lauretta is trained as an environmental policy analyst and geographic information systems (GIS) specialist. Prior to joining WRI, she implemented a GIS in Guyana to support urban infrastructure rehabilitation planning; managed integrated GIS development and training projects; established a GIS for the Environmental Studies program of the Central European University; and performed analysis on the impact of potential climate change on fisheries, wetlands and biological diversity for U.S. EPA’s Global Climate Change Program.