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Education Assistantaheidt@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. 

She is also a MARINE Student Liaison for Moss Landing Marine Labs since 2017.

 

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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 Since 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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Twenty-four bright and enthusiastic students from across the country descended upon Monterey in July for the fourth iteration of the MARINE (Monterey Area Research Institutions’ Network for Education) Ocean Policy Course.

The course introduces ocean-interested early career professionals to ocean policy and governance, and how science influences public policy decisions at the international, national, and state levels. Participants learn about pressing challenges to ocean health, and together with leaders in ocean science and policy, examine how scientists (e.g., social, economic, natural) and researchers can and do work within the policy-making process to address these challenges.

Using current case studies in ocean policy along with interactive activities, discussions, and field trips, the course aims to immerse students in the complexity of ocean-related decision-making. For example, students spent one full day engaged in a role-playing scenario acting out stakeholder meetings to discuss oil drilling in the Arctic. They also had the opportunity to get outside and talk to members of the public about ocean issues, meet leaders in the field of ocean management at a career night, and mingle with students from China during a crossover day with the Middlebury Institute for International Studies’ Blue Pioneers program. For their final project, the participants worked in groups to draft and submit a public comment letter on a current listing in the Federal Register.

This year’s course organizers included Laura Good, Education Manager at the Center for Ocean Solutions (COS); Angee Doerr, Research Associate in coupled human-natural systems at COS; and Whit Saumweber, a visiting fellow at COS who has worked with the White House Council on Environmental Quality and on the National Ocean Policy. Several guest lecturers, whose backgrounds spanned environmental law, policy, management, and science, also helped lead interactive sessions throughout the course. By the end of two weeks, the course participants had not only covered a wide range of topics and material, but also forged friendships and made connections that will stay with them into the future.

Watch a video of students talking about their experience during the course.

Read more about the course and download the course curriculum package.

View course photos on the COS Facebook page.

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Sierra works with a variety of projects at COS, ranging in topic from small-scale fisheries to coastal adaptation policy. She is a rising senior at Stanford studying Earth Systems, an interdisciplinary environmental science program, and is planning to pursue a career in environmental policy. Prior to coming to COS, she interned at the U.S. Department of Justice in the Environment and Natural Resources Division and with environmental nonprofits in Chile and the San Juan Islands in Washington state. More recently, she sailed from Tahiti to American Samoa with the Stanford at SEA program. During the program, she studied the distribution and ingestion of plastics in the South Pacific subtropical gyre.

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