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MLML Liaison From Winter 2017aheidt@mlml.calstate.edu

Amanda is currently a third-year Master's student in the Invertebrate Molecular Ecology lab at Moss Landing Marine Laboratories. Broadly, she is interested in questions regarding community ecology, invertebrate zoology, invasive species, and scientific communication. Her thesis research focuses on patterns in diversity among meiofauna, small infaunal marine organisms, and how these patterns may be shaped by the physical environment. In an attempt to identify key players in the meiofaunal community, she uses high-throughput sequencing approaches to link molecular DNA "barcodes" to individual species. Amanda graduated from University of California, Santa Cruz, with a BS in Marine Biology and a minor in chemistry in 2013. Outside of the lab, she enjoys travel, rock climbing, diving, camping, and cooking. For more information about Rachel’s work, visit her website.

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Stanford Liaison From Spring 2017fsantana@stanford.edu

Francisca is a PhD student in the Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources. She studies social-ecological dynamics of coastal regions, with a focus on current and historical trends in conservation, governance, and resource use in the Gulf of Mexico. She is interested in examining how resource-dependent human communities interact with various environmental stressors, including energy extraction, nutrient pollution, land loss, and climate change. Before coming to Stanford, Francisca worked on energy and marine policy issues in the nonprofit and government sectors. She received a master's degree in environmental science and management from UC Santa Barbara and a BA in history from Yale University.

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Stanford Liaison From Spring 2017kmgreen@stanford.edu

Kristen is a 2nd year PhD student at Stanford University where she seeks to understand how stakeholders in communities dependent on coastal resources will adapt and maintain resiliency in the face of climate change and other environmental challenges. Her dissertation work specifically focuses on access to subsistence marine resources in the Northwest Arctic Alaska and the use of local knowledge in management. Prior to her PhD, she completed a Master's degree in Marine Science at Moss Landing Marine Labs and worked for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game designing fisheries management strategies and communicating fisheries policies to commercial fishermen.

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Nicole manages communications for the Center for Ocean Solutions. She works closely with the team as well as with collaborators and partners to develop, implement, and oversee strategic communication initiatives to advance the Center’s mission. Nicole brings over a decade of experience in international strategic communications, most recently with the international non-profit Room to Read, where she ran corporate communications and public relations. 

Nicole is a mission-driven communicator, with a particular passion for marine conservation. Her previous experience includes work with the USAID-funded Lowering Emissions in Asia’s Forests (LEAF) program in Thailand, the United Nations Education, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage Marine Program in Paris, W.W.F. in Washington D.C. and Malaysian Borneo, and with the Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust in rural Kenya. Nicole also worked previously as a Research Associate and Teaching Assistant at Harvard Business School. 

Nicole received her B.S. in communication and applied economics and management from Cornell University and her M.A. in international environmental policy, communication, and human security from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. She also holds a certificate in environmental communications from the Nicholas School of the Environment from Duke University. Nicole enjoys traveling internationally, especially when combined with surfing and yoga.

 

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