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Hopkins Marine Station Liaison From 2014-2016crystalng@stanford.edu

Crystal is a graduate student in Fiorenza Micheli’s lab at Hopkins Marine Station. She is studying the effect of multiple stressors on grazing interactions in giant kelp forests. 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 interested in community outreach projects and continuing her involvementin teaching at local organizations and schools.

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CSUMB Liaison From 2015-2016jeswilliams@csumb.edu

Jessica received her master's degree 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 monitoringand science communication. She received her B.S. in Biology from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo in2011, where she worked for the Center for Coastal Marine Sciences. After graduating from CalPoly, she accepted a position at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco developing and presenting various science education programs and activities. Through her experiences inresearch and communication, Jessica grew interested in the interface between science and policy,with a goal to make science accessible and relevant to marine resource management decisions. She recently completed an internship at California Ocean Science Trust where she worked at theboundary of science and management and is looking forward to further applying her passion forscience communication upon graduation in May 2016.

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UCSC Liaison From 2014-2016mkdrake@ucsc.edu

Michelle studies paleoceanography and paleclimatology to learn how the past climate can inform our understanding of ongoing climate change. Michelle is a PhD student in Ocean Sciences at UC Santa Cruz, advised by Dr. Christina Ravelo. Her current research focuses on the evolution of sea-ice and ice sheets in the Bering Sea during the earliest Ice Ages, which was partially funded through a Schlanger Ocean Drilling Fellowship. She received her Masters from Moss Landing Marine Laboratories in 2013, while working with Dr. Ivano Aiello. Her Masters thesis was a sedimentological study of millennial scale climate variability in the Bering Sea during the last Ice Age and deglaicial period. Before graduate school, Michelle worked as a K-8 science educator, language teacher, research technician in marine microbial ecology, and as a naturalist in the Gulf of the Farallons National Marine Sanctuary, among other odd jobs. Michelle hopes her oceanographic research will provide her tools to be an influential steward of the ocean. View her website.

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UCSC Faculty Liaison since 2009
Ph.D., 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.

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NPS Faculty Liaison since 2014
Ph.D., 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.

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MLML Faculty Liaison since 2009
Ph.D., 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.

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MIIS Faculty Liaison since 2009
Ph.D., 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."

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CSUMB Faculty Liaison since 2009
Ph.D., 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.

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CSUMB Faculty Liaison since 2015
Ph.D., 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.

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