Colleen has been with the Protected Areas Programme since 2007 and plays an important advisory role on strategy and evaluation in a range of projects. During the past decade, she has worked broadly on issues from community-based protected area management and governance to the protection of marine biodiversity. This has involved the development and ongoing oversight of the Registry for indigenous peoples' and community conserved territories and areas. She has also contributed to the growth of policies and projects regarding marine protected areas and UN processes for Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction.
Prior to her time in Cambridge, Colleen worked with the Global Protected Areas team at The Nature Conservancy and managed an international learning community on marine protected area networks. She also served as marine mammal policy analyst for the US Fish and Wildlife Service and the Marine Mammal Commission. In earlier years, she wore a ranger hat for the US National Park Service, researched bottlenose dolphins in Florida, tracked desert tortoises in the Mojave Desert, and studied coral reefs in Bermuda.