Leandra Gonçalves is an assistant professor in the Institute of Marine Sciences at the Federal University of São Paulo (UNIFESP). She is a biologist, has a PhD from the Institute of International Relations and a postdoctoral degree from the Oceanographic Institute of USP. She has been researching the different dimensions of coastal and marine management and governance for over 10 years, in particular the interface between science and policy and gender issues in the ocean. She is a researcher within the the Brazilian Platform for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services and one of the founders of the Women’s League for the Ocean. She has worked in different environmental non-governmental organizations such as Fundação SOS Mata Atlântica and Greenpeace. In the past years, she was Lead Author for the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) on Global Environment Outlook 6 and it is currently Lead Authors for the IPBES Nexus Assessment. Her academic curriculum includes more than 30 scientific articles and other works organized in partnerships with collaborating researchers.