Dias received a B.S. in Oceanography from the Federal University of Para, Brazil, and a master’s degree in Marine and Coastal Sciences from the Autonomous University of Baja California Sur, México. During the past seven years she worked in sea turtle conservation projects worldwide (Brazil, Costa Rica, México and Equatorial Guinea), developing a passion for endangered species and a strong interest in their interactions with fisheries.
Dias studies wildlife, fish and conservation biology in the Department of Environmental Conservation. Research interests include: fisheries management, endangered species research, population and ecology models. Her dissertation topic is: Spatio-temporal analysis of food webs and the effects of fisheries and climatic changes on key species of Northeastern USA.