MARINE Liaisons

Graduate students from each campus, selected by the MARINE Faculty Liaisons, work together to design and organize the MARINE events each year.  If you would like to know more about how you can participate in the MARINE activities and how to connect with other MARINE graduate students, please contact the student(s) listed below at your campus.

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CSU Monterey Bay
Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey
Moss Landing Marine Laboratories
Naval Postgraduate School
Stanford Hopkins Marine Station
Stanford University
UC Santa Cruz

Center for Ocean Solutions


CSU Monterey Bay


Carrie Boyle, CSUMB Liaison since 2015,

Carrie is a first-year Master's student in the Applied Marine and Watershed Science program at CSUMB. After studying environmental biology at UC Berkeley, she spent a few years as a Marine Science Instructor at SEACAMP San Diego before moving back north to work as an educator at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco. As a native Californian, Carrie is looking forward to learning more about the marine policy process and applying her background in marine science communication. She is currently working with Dr. James Lindholm on a project communicating scientific literature to the Office of National Marine Sanctuaries.

Jessica Williams, CSUMB Liaison since 2015,

Jessica is currently a graduate student in the Applied Marine and Watershed Science program at CSUMB. She is interested in the integration of science and policy, specifically in the support of monitoring California's marine protected areas, and is exploring the role of GIS in monitoring and science communication. She received her B.S. in Biology from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo in 2011, where she worked for the Center for Coastal Marine Sciences participating in research testing non-toxic, anti-fouling ship hull coatings. After graduating from Cal Poly, she accepted a position at the California Academy of Sciences developing and presenting a wide variety of science education programs and activities. Through her experiences in research and science communication, Jessica became interested in the interface between science and policy, and her goal is to make science accessible and relevant to marine resource management decisions.

Faculty Liaison: James Lindholm, Ph.D., CSUMB Liaison since 2009
Director, Institute for Applied Marine Ecology, CSU Monterey Bay

Dr. James Lindholm (B.A. California Polytechnic State University, SLO; M.A. & Ph.D. Boston University) is the James W. Rote Distinguished Professor of Marine Science and Policy in the Division of Science and Environmental Policy at CSU Monterey Bay. He is the founder and Director of the Institute for Applied Marine Ecology (IfAME) at CSUMB, and the founder and Program Chair of the CSUMB Research Diving Program. Dr. Lindholm’s research interests include the landscape ecology of fishes, the recovery of seafloor habitats and associated taxa following the cessation of fishing activity, and the design and efficacy of marine protected areas. 

Faculty Liaison: Kerry Nickols, Ph.D., CSUMB Liaison since 2015
Assistant Professor, Science and Environmental Policy, CSU Monterey Bay

Kerry Nickols received her PhD in Marine Ecology from UC Davis. Dr. Nickols is an interdisciplinary marine scientist and integrates ecology and oceanography to address environmental issues such as marine protected area design and climate change. She is particularly interested in how water column processes control the abundance and variability of marine organisms. She teaches Marine Conservation Biology and Biological-Physical Oceanography.


Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey


Matthew Coomer, MIIS Liaison since 2015,

Matthew is a Paul D. Coverdell Fellow and first-year Master’s student in International Environmental Policy at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey. He is specializing in Ocean and Coastal Resource Management, and hopes to work in communications and multimedia with an organization fighting illegal fishing and other marine issues. After graduating from the University of Montana with High Honors BA’s in Journalism and Environmental Studies in 2011, he served with Peace Corps Togo from 2012 to 2014. He feels most at home with the lakes and long winters of Minneapolis, MN.

Shaun Richards, MIIS Liaison since 2015,

Shaun hails from the magical lands of New Jersey, but is now happily studying International Environmental Policy, concentrating in Ocean and Coastal Resource Management, at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies. He studied Biological Systems Engineering at Virginia Tech where he focused on coastal habitats, and wants to work in a multidisciplinary environment bridging the gap between natural and social sciences. Fresh off the plane from 2 years in Panama working as a Water and Sanitation Engineer with the Peace Corps, Shaun hit the ground running attending conferences at the International Maritime Organization in London, Fish2.0 at Stanford, local climate adaptation workshops and many more. If you have trouble finding him, throw on a wetsuit and head to his “office,” no appointment necessary.

Emma Tonge, MIIS Liaison since 2015,

Emma is an International Environmental Policy student at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey. She has a focus in ocean and coastal resource management and she is interested in the prevention of land and sea based sources of marine debris. Emma is from Michigan and received her BA in political science from Michigan State University.


Faculty Liaison: Jason Scorse, Ph.D., MIIS Liaison since 2009 
Assc. Professor, International Environmental Policy Program Chair 
Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

Jason Scorse completed his Ph.D. in agricultural and natural resource economics at UC Berkley in 2005 with a focus on environmental economics and policy, international development, and behavioral economics. He teaches courses in environmental and natural resource economics, ocean and coastal economics, and sustainable development. In 2009 he was promoted to the Chair of the International Environmental Policy (IEP) program, and as of 2011, Professor Scorse is also the director of the new Center for the Blue Economy, whose mission is "to promote ocean and coastal sustainability." 


Moss Landing Marine Laboratory


Heather Kramp, MLML Liaison since 2014,

Heather is a master's candidate in the Ichthyology lab at Moss Landing Marine Laboratories. Her research interests include fish ecology and fisheries science, marine policy and ecosystem-based management and science communication. Her current research focuses on fish biomass production of nearshore rocky reef fish assemblages as a metric for assessing ecosystem health. Her hope is that this metric can be used to direct and improve marine management and policy. Heather graduated from California State University, Monterey Bay with a B.S. in marine science and a minor in mathematics in 2012. Outside of the lab, Heather enjoys cooking, scuba diving, volunteer work in education outreach and spending time outdoors with her dogs.

Laurel Lam, MLML Liaison Since 2015,

Laurel is a Masters student Dr. Scott Hamilton's Ichthyology Lab at Moss Landing Marine Labs and is interested in the top-down effects of fishing pressures on fish communities, fisheries conservation and policy, and life history and genetic variations of fish over large spatial scales. Laurel will begin her thesis work on improving stock assessment of Lingcod (Ophiodon elongatus) using habitat specific life history assessments along the Northeast Pacific Coast for better Lingcod fishery management practices. Laurel is also interested in promoting marine science outreach and communication to students and schools in her community. Laurel is originally from southern California, and received her B.S. in Aquatic Biology at UC Santa Barbara. 

Faculty Liaison: Jim Harvey, Ph.D., MLML Laison since 2009 
Director, Moss Landing Marine Labs

Himself a 1979 graduate of the Moss Landing Masters program, Jim Harvey returned to chair the Vertebrate Ecology Lab after obtaining a Ph.D. in oceanography (with minors in wildlife ecology and statistics) at Oregon State University in 1987. Dr. Harvey’s research interests include the ecology, morphology and behavior of marine mammals, birds and turtles; VHF/satellite-telemetry; marine mammal/fisheries interactions; vertebrate sampling techniques and experimental design; age and growth; population and trophic dynamics; and marine mammal stranding studies. 


Naval Postgraduate School


Laura-Michel DeHaan, NPS Liaison since 2014,

Laura-Michel DeHaan is a Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Navy and is studying physical oceanography as a master’s degree student at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA. She has bachelor’s degrees in physics and mathematics from the University of Maine (2003). Upon completion of her Master’s degree in hydrographic science from the University of Southern Mississippi (2011), Laura worked towards her IHO Category A Certification in Hydrography while surveying for the Navy as part of the Fleet Survey Team. Laura has been stationed in Honolulu, Hawaii, Washington, D.C., and Bay St. Louis, Mississippi. She is currently studying acoustics and anisotropic materials.  

DyAnna Rodriguez, NPS Liaison since 2015,

DyAnna Rodriguez is a Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy and is studying physical oceanography and meteorology as a master’s degree student at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA. She has Bachelor’s degrees in oceanography from the United States Naval Academy (2008). Upon completion of her Bachelor's degree, DyAnna worked as a Surface Warfare officer on board the USS COMSTOCK in San Diego, CA. In 2010 she started working at Fleet Weather Center, San Diego, providing the Navy's ships and aircrafts weather products for safety of navigation. She hasn't yet decided on her Masters topic but is interested in arctic oceanography.  


Faculty Liaison: Peter Chu, Ph.D., NPS Liaison since 2014 
Distinguished Professor and Chair, Department of Oceanography 
Naval Postgraduate School

Peter Chu received his Ph.D. in geophysics from the University of Chicago in 1985.  He serves as Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Department of Oceanography at the Naval Postgraduate School. His research interests include thermohaline structures, diagnostic-photographic method and fuel-saving ship routes.


Stanford Hopkins Marine Station


Megan Morikawa, HMS Liaison since 2013,

Megan is a graduate student under the direction of Dr. Steve Palumbi at the Hopkins Marine Station. She is interested in the intersection between big data science such as genomics and its applications for improved conservation management and policy. In the Palumbi Lab, she hopes to demonstrate one way big data can better inform management by better understanding coral reef resilience using individual gene expression as an indicator for organismal response to changes in the environment. She's very excited to be a MARINE liaison and hopes to help grow and strengthen the invaluable network that exists between the MARINE institutions. 

Crystal Ng, HMS Liaison since 2014,

Crystal is a second year graduate student in Fiorenza Micheli’s lab at Hopkins Marine Station. She is interested in the combined effect of multiple stressors like acidification and thermal stress on species interactions and composition in benthic communities. After graduating from UC Berkeley in 2012, she was an AmeriCorps member based in northern Sonoma County working on salmon and watershed conservation with the Department of Fish and Wildlife. Through that experience, she has become really interested in community outreach projects and continuing her involvement in teaching at local organizations and schools.

Faculty Liaison: Mark Denny, Ph.D., HMS Liaison since 2009 
Professor, Marine Sciences Biomechanics, Stanford Hopkins Marine Station

Mark received his Ph.D. from the University of British Columbia. He studies the mechanical design of organisms with a particular interest in using the principles of physics and engineering to predict the survivorship of organisms in physically stressful environments and to understand the mechanisms of natural selection which have led to existing plants and animals.

Stanford University


Staci Lewis, Stanford Liaison since 2013,

Staci is an E-IPER Ph.D. student studying the impacts of climate change on coral resilience and the economics of resilience in marine ecosystems. She is coming to Stanford after 7 years working as a ocean policy advisor in Washington, D.C. She has a Masters in environmental science and policy from George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia where her research focused on the feeding behavior of the coral reef predator Hermodice carunculata. Prior to her time in the D.C. area, Staci was a Fulbright Fellow in Barbados where she researched the impacts of coral degradation on coral predators and organized national environmental education programs. She hopes to leave Stanford with a stronger understanding in science, in her grasp of policy mechanisms and in economic valuation techniques.

Ginny Selz, Stanford Liaison since 2014,

Ginny is a PhD student at Stanford University in the Department of Environmental Earth System Science. Her interests include polar oceanography, sea ice biogeochemistry, and science education & communication. Her current research focuses on the interactions between sea ice and water column primary production in both Antarctic and Arctic regions. Prior to her current position, Ginny spent several years in Washington D.C. working for the National Science Foundation as a science assistant within the Division of Ocean Sciences and at a nonprofit, Oceana, on issues such as ocean acidification and sustainable shipping. She is excited about her new liaison role on Stanford's main campus and is looking forward to working with the MARINE community.

Shannon Swanson, Stanford Liaison since 2016,

Shannon is a PhD student in the Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources, a Teresa Elms and Robert D. Lindsay Fellow and a National Geographic Young Explorer. She uses the frameworks of political ecology and institutional analysis and development to study resilience of fishing communities in developing island nations in South East Asia and Oceania and how they are affected by NGO and government interventions, such as marine protected areas and alternative livelihood projects. Drawing from her career as a conservation/travel photojournalist, she is also interested in further developing participatory methods of research using film and photography. Before coming to Stanford, she received a masters in Coastal Management from Duke University and a B.S. in Biological Sciences and B.A. in Environmental Studies from UC Santa Barbara.

Faculty Liaison: Jeffrey Koseff, Ph.D., Stanford Liaison since 2009 
Perry L. McCarty Director of the Woods Institute for the Environment 
Stanford University

Jeffrey Koseff, The Perry L. McCarty Director of the Woods Institute for the Environment at Stanford University, has been instrumental in developing the vision for the interdisciplinary work on environmental issues at Stanford. Koseff's research area falls in the emerging interdisciplinary domain of environmental fluid mechanics and focuses on the interaction between physical and biological systems in natural aquatic environments. Long-term research projects include understanding the transport of mass and energy in estuarine systems such as San Francisco Bay, and understanding how the coral reef systems of the Red Sea and Hawaii and the kelp forest systems of California function.


UC Santa Cruz


Michelle Drake, UCSC Liaison since 2014,

Michelle is a second-year PhD student in Ocean Sciences at UC Santa Cruz, advised by Dr. Christina Ravelo. She received her MS from Moss Landing Marine Laboratories (MLML) in Dr. Ivano Aiello’s geological oceanography lab. She is interested in how understanding how past climate can inform our understanding of where climate change will take us in the future. Her graduate research has focused on reconstructing the paleoceanography of the Bering Sea. Her Masters thesis was a study of millennial scale climate variability in the Bering Sea and method development in sedimentology. Michelle was accepted as a Schlanger Ocean Drilling Fellow for the 2014-2015 academic year and will be generating a 300 thousand year proxy record of ice sheet variability ~1 million years ago from Bering Sea deep-sea sediment cores. Before graduate school, Michelle worked as a K-8 science educator, language teacher in a social justice organization and as a naturalists in the Gulf of the Farallons National Marine Sanctuary, among other jobs. She received two BA degrees from UC Santa Cruz in the Biological Sciences and Community Studies. Michelle hopes her oceanographic research will provide her the tools to be an influential steward of the ocean. Michelle is originally from the Bay Area.

Monica Moritsch, UCSC Liaison Since 2015,

Monica is a PhD candidate in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at UC Santa Cruz. She is interested in intertidal community ecology and the trophic interactions that influence marine ecosystems. Her research focuses on identifying possible environmental contributors to sea star wasting syndrome outbreaks and its ecological consequences for intertidal communities. She is also interested in helping fellow students access resources to benefit their careers and connect with the greater marine science community. Monica is originally from Sacramento and received a BS in Molecular Environmental Biology from UC Berkeley. For more information about Monica's research, visit her website.

Faculty Liaison: Mark Carr, Ph.D., UCSC Liaison since 2009 
Professor, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology - Long Marine Lab 
UC Santa Cruz

Mark recieved his Ph.D. from the University of California, Santa Barbara. The purpose of his research program is to better understand the dynamics and structure of populations and communities of nearshore coastal marine ecosystems. The underlying themes of this research are two-fold; first, to further conceptual understanding of “open” populations and communities by conducting empirical studies motivated by the evolving theory for these systems, and second, to apply these concepts to fisheries and conservation problems in innovative ways.

Faculty Liaison: Marilou Sison-Mangus, Ph.D., UCSC Liaison since 2014 
Assistant Professor, Physical and Biological Sciences, UC Santa Cruz

Marilou's research focuses on understanding the interactions between bacteria and their aquatic eukaryotic hosts, how these associations influence the ecology and evolution of both partners and what are the impacts of these interactions on ocean health and biogeochemical cycling.  The goal is to understand how these interactions drive the microbial world, the microbes’ responses to environmental change and ultimately, how these affect the cycling of nutrients and the health of the ocean.


Center for Ocean Solutions


Faculty Liaison: Larry Crowder, Ph.D., COS Liaison since 2009 
Science Director, Center for Ocean Solutions

Larry Crowder is the science director at the Center for Ocean Solutions.  He is also a professor of biology at Hopkins Marine Station and a senior fellow at the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment, both part of Stanford University. View Larry's Team Member page.