Hazel Oxenford earned her PhD in the biology and management of dolphinfish, Coryphaena hippurus, from UWI, Cave Hill in 1986. After a 6-month post-doc with McGill University working on other large pelagic fishery species of commercial importance to the Caribbean, she took up the position as the main scientist on a 5-year IDRC-funded research project on Eastern Caribbean flying fish. Subsequently, she joined the staff at CERMES, UWI in 1991 to help develop and teach the first MSc. programme in Natural Resource and Environmental Management at Cave Hill. She has remained on staff to this day and now has extensive Caribbean research, teaching and consulting experience, and wide experience in the supervision of postgraduate students.
She serves on numerous national, regional and international committees, boards and working groups as an expert scientist. These include: Barbados Government appointed positions on the Fisheries Advisory Committee, the Working Group on Biodiversity, and the CITES Management Authority; regional CRFM-WECAFC scientific working groups on Recreational Fisheries, Flying fish in the Eastern Caribbean, IUU Fishing, and Queen Conch; the Scientific Advisory Group for WECAFC-FAO; the international Fisheries Expert Group under the IUCN Commission on Ecosystem Management; and the Pool of Experts for the UN Regular Process for Global Assessment of the state of the Marine Environment.