Co-director Jim Leape explains how technology can help transform and save the ocean on the World Economic Forum's blog Agenda.


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Natasha manages finances and operations for the center. Natasha joined us in fall 2017. 



Mary Cameron joined the Center for Ocean Solutions in December 2017 as a postdoctoral scholar, modeling the effects of multiple stressors in the Arctic marine system. She is a member of the interdisciplinary Catalyst for Collaborative Solutions project team, addressing the resiliency and health of our oceans in the context of climate change. Mary received a B.S. in mathematics from Arizona State University and M.S. in computational and mathematical engineering at Stanford. She remained at Stanford for a Ph.D. in civil and environmental engineering, modeling the effects of aircraft emissions on climate and air pollution. 

Outside of atmospheric science, Mary has worked on diverse projects within and outside of academia including brain tumor modeling, data validation for nonprofits, renewable energy and electrical grid modeling, document classification with natural language processing, interactive data visualizations for science communication and engagement, teaching and curriculum development at different grade levels, and even worked as a data scientist at a tech start-up before transitioning to COS. Drawing upon the tools in each of these fields helps Mary approach ocean modeling from a different perspective, where interdisciplinary collaboration is key. She is excited to work with social and physical scientists, engineers, lawyers, and students on campus, as well as with partners at Oxford University and the Ocean Conservancy to help understand and protect the world's oceans. 



We recently hosted a workshop and lunch forum focused on the Challenges in the Arctic: Managing an Expanding Ocean Frontier. This meeting brought together Arctic science and policy experts to build our joint initiative that seeks to understand and address the potential impacts of multiple, interacting stressors in the Beaufort and Chukchi Seas. #COSArcticForum participants led thought-provoking discussions during a day-long workshop focused on how to manage a rapidly changing Arctic Region. Researchers, environmental lawyers, and non-profit funders spent the day discussing how to study and regulate the impacts of shipping, oil exploration, fisheries and other activities on Arctic ecosystems and communities. COS continues to explore Arctic issues via its Catalyst project, using innovative technologies and data sources to answer challenging environmental questions. 

The workshop and forum were held on January 10, 2018.

Invited speakers included the following experts:

Janis Searles Jones (CEO, Ocean Conservancy)
Fran Ulmer (Chair, U.S. Arctic Research Commission)
Denny Kelso (Program Director of Marine Conservation, Moore Foundation)





Joanna Lin is currently a Geospatial Research Assistant on the Catalyst project at the Center for Ocean Solutions. She helps support the quantitative work associated with modeling and mapping multiple stressors in Arctic ecosystems. Joanna comes to the Catalyst project with a background in geospatial and analytical analysis. Her research experience is focused on machine learning, remote sensing, and GIS. She is interested in the ecological and physical impacts of human activities on the environment.

Joanna is currently a Master’s student in the Environmental Engineering and Science program at Stanford. Before joining COS, she worked as a student operator at Stanford’s Codiga Resource Recovery Center from 2016 to 2017. Her daily work involves water quality testing and data management. She was a summer intern at Ramboll in 2017, evaluating and analyzing groundwater data for inclusion in technical reports.


Contact Information:


Phone: (702) 413-8235


Where: Ingersoll 122, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA
When: Tuesday, Dec 12, 2017
Register HERE by Dec 5

Join us for a panel discussion around the "Big Ocean Data" revolution and how it has the potential to affect decision makers such as the Department of Defense in ocean policy, national defense, and environmental conservation. Stay after the panel for an informal mixer at NPS' trident bar.
The Chief of Naval Operations has ordered the Navy to assess the state of ocean science including oceanographic infrastructure, technology, and technical workforce.  Task Force Ocean was created to address this assessment, and create a roadmap.  The roadmap will focus on the Navy’s current capability to observe the ocean, process the data, and create products for the operational commanders.  A critical component of the roadmap addresses the connection of large amounts of stored data, processing the data, and decision-making.  This panel discussion will discuss these current challenges in relation to ocean policy, national defense, and environmental conservation. 
Open to students, faculty, and staff in the MARINE network. Spaces are limited.



Dr. Marcus Stefanou, NPS CS Dept, COL. (Ret.) USAF, is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, California, where he is coordinating the school's data science initiatives.  His current research interest is at the intersection of data science and earth remote sensing to facilitate a balanced framework for system architecture, design, performance assessment, and information exploitation.  Specifically, he seeks to devise efficient search strategies for patterns of interest in large remote sensing datasets to solve a wide array of military, law enforcement, environmental, and civil problem sets. 


Dr. Geoff Shester, CA Campaign Director and Senior Scientist OCEANA, is Oceana’s California Campaign Director based in Oceana’s Monterey office and working with Oceana’s Pacific Team. After completing a double major in Biology and Environmental Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz, Geoff Shester interned for the Exxon Valdez Restoration Office in Anchorage, Alaska and then landed his first big job at Oceana’s first field office located in Juneau, Alaska in 2002. He earned his doctorate in the Stanford University Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources out of Hopkins Marine Station in Monterey, studying the interplay between marine ecology and the economics of small-scale fisheries in Baja California. He was the Senior Science Manager at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch Program from 2008-2010, where he led a team of scientists responsible for evaluating the sustainability of hundreds of types of wild and farmed seafood.


Dr. Wendell Nuss is the Professor and Chair of the Department of Meteorology under the Graduate School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at the Naval Postgraduate School. His teaching and research interests include Tropospheric and Stratospheric Meteorology, Operational Weather Prediction, Mesoscale Meteorology, and Coastal Meteorology. In his capcity as a teacher and active conductor of research, he frequently draws on big ocean data sets to inform meteoroligical questions. Dr. Nuss received his masters in Atmospheric Science at the University of Washington before staying on to complete his PhD.


Mr. Bruce Gritton, FNMOC Technical Director Staff, is a member of the FNMOC Technical Director Staff, the Chief IT Architect for the Naval Meteorology & Oceanography Command, and chief representative to the Navy’s Digital Warfare Office. Mr. Gritton is responsible for developing, assessing, communicating, and implementing Enterprise Architectures and Solution Architectures for Naval and Joint METOC. He has led strategic initiatives for Naval METOC including the Navy Enterprise Portal - Oceanography and Enterprise Geospatial Enablement Initiatives. Mr. Gritton develops IT strategies and associated policy to align METOC project portfolios to key operational goals.



Location:  Ingersoll 122, Naval Postgraduate School. Park in lots F or G.

NPS GATE ACCESS: All visitors without prior Naval Postgraduate School gate access permissions will need to submit a SECNAV 5512 form for a background check beforehand. In order to be confirmed as an attendee, we must receive this form back from you no later than December 5, 2017 (email to Please fill out boxes 1-31, and use LT Kellen T Jones 626-590-3873 for the information requested in Box 25. If you have trouble viewing the PDF, we recommend opening it outside of your browser directly through Adobe Acrobat.

Please note: Seminar registrants without this authorization will be turned away from the gate on the day. If you have questions regarding this process, please contact us at


Where: Moss Landing Marine Labs, Moss Landing, CA
When: Thursday, Nov 30, 2017
Register HERE by Nov 28

Join us for the 2017 MARINE Fall Panel on “How to Get Involved in Local Policy". We've invited an expert panel of speakers to discuss ways we can engage in local policy and decision-making both as concerned citizens, and environmental professionals. Discussion topics will include an introduction to California policy and the importance of local/state government as a stepping-off point for larger action, as well as a small exercise in crafting the most efficient "ask" of various groups you may encounter.

We will provide a light dinner beforehand, in addition to a happy hour following the panel.





Dr. Dan Brumbaugh is an Associate Researcher in the Institute of Marine Science at UC Santa Cruz, and a former California Council on Science and Technology (CCST) Policy Fellow. Dan's interests focus on marine protected areas (MPAs), coastal and marine spatial planning and ecosystem-based management, and ecological and social resilience in marine and coastal systems. Dan especially enjoys projects that bring together and integrate diverse perspectives from the natural and social sciences, and ones that bridge strategic science with on-the-ground applications for improved natural resource management. He has collaborated on diverse media (e.g., research articles, educational guides and booklets, interactive simulation models, and project newsletters) and worked extensively with marine conservation practitioners to bring the best available science to decision making. His participation with various governing and advisory groups includes the Council of the Bahamas National Trust, the Advisory Council of the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary, the Marine Priority Biome group of the IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas, and many other conservation organizations and working groups. Most recently, he has worked to develop a framework for MPA co-management for The Bahamas.


Assemblymember Mark Stone represents the people of California's 29th Assembly District, which includes portions of Santa Cruz, Santa Clara, and Monterey Counties.  Now in his third term as a state legislator, Mark has fought to curb illegal coastal development, reduce plastic pollution, and clean up drinking water supplies. In his capacity as Chair of the Select Committee on Coastal Protection and Access to Natural Resources, he has held hearings investigating oil spill prevention efforts, plastic garbage effects on the coastal environment, offshore fracking, beach erosion, and coastal access for all Californians. Before his service in the Assembly, Mark represented the Central Coast in various capacities. He was elected twice to the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors, where he worked on health care, education, youth issues and the environment. Before entering public service, Mark worked as an attorney in the tech industry and as a professor at the Naval Postgraduate School.


Erin Eastwood is an ocean policy specialist working with the Monterey Bay Aquarium Ocean Conservation Policy Program. Previously, she completed a John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Climate Program Office. She graduated from Columbia University's Conservation Biology MA program in 2015, where she conducted several applied research projects contributing to the management of coral reefs in Fiji and the Dominican Republic, and to conservation efforts in the tropical forests of Latin America and Indonesia. 


Dr. Don Croll is a Professor in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC), Co-founder of the conservation non-profit Island Conservation, Founding partner of the conservation for-profit Conservation Metrics, Inc., and Faculty Director of the UCSC Natural Reserve System. He has conducted conservation research on island ecosystems and marine vertebrates for over 30 years, and published over 100 papers and articles on the conservation and ecology of marine species and island ecosystems. As a conservationist, his work has helped inform the closure of California gill net fisheries, the establishment of a ban on commercial fishing for krill US federal waters, the CITES listing of several manta ray species, the establishment of protected islands in Mexico, and the protection of insular threatened species from island invasive species.