Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi

Carlota Plantier Santos

An Outstanding Islander

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Evaluate and Educate
Carlota Plantier Santos has cheerfully welcomed new challenges that have come her way while at the Island University. Currently, Santos is part of the Socio-Economics Group at the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies. The HRI research specialist is involved in the economic evaluation of ecosystem services designed to protect, preserve and restore; and educate policy-makers, business, and the public on integrating environmental economics into the decision-making process. Santos came to the University in spring 2004 when she received a tennis scholarship to play for the Islanders. Before her transfer from Universidade Nova de Lisboa in her hometown of Lisbon, Portugal, to Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, she had won her country’s national championship; and had competed in South Korea, South America and Europe. As an Islander, she was Most Valuable Player in Tennis from 2004-2005. She graduated with her bachelor’s degree in communication in 2005 and her master’s degree in business administration in 2008. While at the University, she served as tennis coach at Incarnate Word Academy and as assistant coach of the Islander women’s tennis team. After enrolling in Dr. David Yoskowitz’s economics class, Santos became a part-time HRI assistant and learned all about socio economics. In summer 2008, she began working as a full-time research specialist. Santos enjoys spending time outdoors as a member of the Coastal Bend women’s soccer league team, The Beaches, and getting involved with charitable projects including the Texas Adopt-a-Beach Cleanup, the Texas Coastal Bend Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation’s Leo Garza Disabled Surf Camp and Earth Day activities.

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