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Prior to joining the Monterey Bay Aquarium in April 2013, Margaret Spring served first as Chief of Staff, and then Principal Deputy Under Secretary of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), where she worked closely with the NOAA Administrator, NOAA senior leadership and the Department of Commerce to develop and drive strategic priorities with a particular focus on external constituents, interagency initiatives, and administration priorities.

From 2007 to 2009, Margaret was Director of The Nature Conservancy’s California Coastal and Marine Program. Before moving to the Conservancy, Margaret served as Senior Counsel, then General Counsel, to the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, where she focused on crafting legislation and ensuring oversight on topics including fisheries conservation and management; coastal zone management; marine sanctuaries; coastal and atmospheric science; climate change; weather; satellite systems; mapping, and other federal ocean and atmospheric programs. A graduate of Duke University School of Law and Dartmouth College, Margaret was an environmental attorney at Sidley & Austin in Washington, D.C. from 1992 to 1999.

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Email: mspring@mbayaq.org

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Jeff Koseff is the Perry L. McCarty Director of Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment, the William Alden Campbell and Martha Campbell Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the Michael Forman University Fellow in Undergraduate Education, all at Stanford University.

His work focuses on the interaction between physical and biological systems in natural aquatic environments, and in particular on turbulence and internal wave dynamics in stratified flows, transport and mixing in estuarine systems, phytoplankton dynamics in estuarine systems, coral reef and kelp-forest hydrodynamics, chemical sensing in the marine environment, and coastal upwelling processes. 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.

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Email: : koseff@stanford.edu
Phone: (650) 736-2363

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Chris Scholin is a Center affiliated researcher and the President and CEO of MBARI.   A Missouri native, he received a B.A. in biology from the University of California, Santa Barbara, a M.A. in molecular biology and immunology from Duke University and a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology - Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (MIT/WHOI) Joint Program in Biological Oceanography.

Dr. Scholin first came to MBARI as a postdoctoral fellow and in 1994 joined the staff as a scientist with a focus on development and application of molecular probes for detection of a variety of water borne microbes, in particular toxic and harmful algae. Prior to his current appointment, Dr. Scholin served as Chair of MBARI’s Research Division from mid-2005 to early 2009.  In addition to his role with the Center, he currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the Monterey Bay Aquarium. He maintains an active research program that focuses on development and application of instruments for collecting and analyzing microorganisms remotely in coastal, open ocean and deep sea environments.

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Email: scholin@mbari.org
Phone: (831) 775-1779

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Molly Melius joined the Center for Ocean Solutions as a law and policy early career fellow in November 2013.

Molly received her BS from Georgetown University and her JD from Stanford Law School, where she worked extensively in the Environmental Law Clinic.

Before joining the Center team, Molly was an attorney at Bradley Arant Boult Cummings in Nashville, Tennessee in the Real Estate, Environment, and Natural Resources group.  She advised clients on a variety of environmental issues, including water and air permitting and compliance, chemicals handling and storage, contaminated property acquisitions and wastewater treatment.  Molly’s practice also focused on land use law, including defending regulatory takings claims on behalf of municipalities and helping private sector clients navigate the local land use planning process.

Prior to law school, Molly worked as a program associate at Forest Trends, an environmental non-profit in Washington, DC.  At Forest Trends, she promoted sustainable forest management through market-based conservation incentives, such as carbon trading and biodiversity offsets.

Molly is now a fellow at  Stanford law school with environmental and natural resources law and policy program.

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Email: loughney@stanford.edu

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Lisa Wedding joined the Center for Ocean Solutions as an early career science fellow in October 2013. At the Center, Lisa is working with the Ocean Tipping Points team to quantitatively assess spatial ecological resilience across distinct gradients of human and natural impacts in order to identify ecosystem-based solutions for managing human activities in the Hawaiian Archipelago. In addition, she is engaged in spatial modeling efforts to support the InCCAP (Incorporating Natural Capital into Climate Adaptation Planning) project focused on the valuation of natural systems in protecting coastal communities from climate change impacts along the California central coast. She was recently promoted to being a research associate for spatial ecology and analysis.

Lisa earned her PhD in geography with a specialization in marine landscape ecology from the University of Hawaii at Manoa in 2010. She has a special interest in applying a geospatial approach to study marine biogeographic patterns in support of marine conservation and management. Her dissertation research involved spatially predictive modeling and mapping of coral reef fish assemblages in Hawaii using bathymetric LiDAR (Light detection and ranging) data.

After completing her Ph.D., she worked as a marine landscape ecologist with the NOAA Biogeography Branch on several marine biogeographic and ecological assessment projects in Hawaii and the U.S.Virgin Islands. Lisa joined the Habitat Ecology Team at NOAA Fisheries & UCSC Institute of Marine Sciences as a postdoc from 2011-2013. Her research efforts there focused on spatial modeling of rockfish density and biomass to support the assessment and management of critical habitats and fish stocks.

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Email: lwedding@stanford.edu

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Sarah Reiter was an early career law and policy fellow at the Center for Ocean Solutions from August 2013-May 2015. She recently trasitioned to a job as the Ocean Policy Research Analyst in the Conservation and Science department at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Reiter works at the intersection of science, law, and policy to inspire conservation of the oceans.

She discovered her passion for environmental issues through an NOLS sea-kayaking expedition in Alaska soon after being commissioned as an Air Force officer. She spent her military service leading an operational floor of scientists responsible for providing weather support to military bases west of the Mississippi. Reiter’s leadership in the military’s oceanographic and meteorological programs, graduate work on ecosystem services, and legal experience in the nation’s capital provide the breadth and depth necessary for her life’s passion: informing conservative initiatives to foster humanity’s ocean and coastal experiences. Reiter recently completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Stanford University’s Center for Ocean Solutions and holds a faculty position at Vermont Law School. Her peer-reviewed research is published in Polar Geography and Stanford Environmental Law Journal and has been presented at various conferences, including the International Marine Conservation Congress and the Environmental Law Conference at Yosemite.

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Email: sreiter@mbayaq.org

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Marianne DiMaggio is an administrative assistant at the Center. Marianne comes to the Center with nearly 20 years experience in the business world.  She has broad skills in communication, managing and planning events and schedules, and handling finances.  She served in many capacities at the Monterey County Herald, the local newspaper, since 2005. 

Marianne studied business at Monterey Peninsula College.  Her family has been a fixture locally since her grandfathers came to the Monterey Peninsula from Sicily to take advantage of the area’s historic fishing industry.

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Email: mdimaggio@stanford.edu

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Rod Fujita is a visiting fellow with the Center for Ocean Solutions. He works closesly with Center staff on the Ocean Tipping Points project. Fujita received his Ph.D. in marine ecology from the Boston University Marine Program at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Massachusetts.  He has conducted research on salt marsh ecology, nutrient dynamics and physiological ecology and went on to study coral reefs while serving as one of the first scientists to operate an isolated research platform several miles offshore of Key Largo, Florida.

Since joining the staff of the Environmental Defense Fund in 1988, Fujita has worked on acid rain, nitrogen pollution, ozone depletion and global climate change. Turning his attention back to the ocean in 1990, Fujita participated in successful campaigns to establish the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary (which includes several fully protected marine reserves), the Channel Islands marine reserve network and California’s landmark Marine Life Protection Act.  He also helped develop California’s Marine Life Management Act which calls for ecosystem based fisheries management, and the California Ocean Protection Act which established the Ocean Protection Council, a cabinet-level body with an ecosystem-based management mandate and authority to use the Ocean Protection Trust Fund to support ocean mapping, fisheries projects, marine debris programs and many other valuable activities.  Fujita successfully advocated more stringent catch limits to protect vulnerable rockfish species and became one of the first conservationists to advocate catch shares as a way to end overfishing, reduce waste and increase fishery revenues for the west coast groundfish fishery, which is scheduled to transition to catch shares in 2011. Fujita now advises EDF staff, stakeholder groups and government officials on catch share design and implementation.  He also co-founded the California Fisheries Fund, a sustainable source of capital for fishermen and ports with an interest in improving the sustainability of fishing.  Fujita partnered with The Nature Conservancy and other groups to engineer a private buyout of trawl vessels and permits along California’s Central Coast, resulting in a transition of trawling to more sustainable hook and line fishing and the establishment of 5,900 square miles of no-trawl zones.

Fujita founded Ocean Innovations, the research and development arm of Environmental Defense Fund’s Oceans Program, where he supervises the research of post-degree students in law, economics, science, financial engineering, business and other disciplines to find breakthrough solutions and identify emerging issues.

Fujita has been appointed to many state and federal commissions and review and advisory panels on environmental issues.   He has testified before Congress several times on ocean policy issues and served on the Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee.  In 2000, Dr. Fujita was awarded a Pew Fellowship in Marine Conservation to explore emerging issues in marine conservation and to write his book, Heal the Ocean.

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Email: rfujita@edf.org
Phone: (415) 293-6050
Website: http://www.edf.org/people/rod-m-fujita

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Megan Mach joined COS in January 2013 as an early career fellow working on integrating science and management towards improved methods for ecosystem-based management in marine systems.

Megan received a Ph.D. from the University of British Columbia's (UBC) Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability focused on marine ecosystem-based management and impacts of exotic species invasions. She also holds a master’s degree from Boston University in biology with a focus on marine population genetics and a bachelor’s from University of Washington in biology.

After completing her Ph.D., she worked as a planner with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (Canada) to help develop and test a cumulative risk assessment framework for the Pacific North Coast Integrated Management Area (PNCIMA).  She was also a postdoctoral research fellow for Dr. Kai Chan at the University of British Columbia working on cumulative impacts to ecosystem services on a project funded by the David and Lucille Packard Foundation.

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Email: mmach@stanford.edu
Website: http://www.stanford.edu/~mmach

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Masako Esparragoza is the office manager at the Center for Ocean Solutions.  Masako has worked at Stanford University for over nine years in the capacities of office manager, project coordinator and executive assistant. Previously, she has worked in facilities and in event management for companies such as Metro Furniture (Steelcase), Hakone Gardens, the Hewlett Foundation and Interop Company. She studied at UC Davis and Humboldt State University, majoring in zoology and paleontology.

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Email: esparragoza@stanford.edu
Phone: (831) 333-2077

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