Adina Abeles received her B.A. in biology from Cornell University and her master’s from the Bren School of Environmental Science and Management at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her academic background is in ecology and marine resource management, and she has extensive experience in informal education and training.
As the director of education and training for the Center for Ocean Solutions, Adina works to provide decision-maker education, workshop and training opportunities, and to enhance graduate marine programs in the Monterey Bay region. This consists of offering short-courses, workshops and trainings to provide skills necessary for environmental leadership and working to lower and remove barriers that students from the seven Monterey Bay campuses (Hopkins Marine Station, Monterey Institute of International Studies, Naval Post Graduate School, CSU Monterey Bay, Moss Landing Marine Labs, UC Santa Cruz and Stanford main campus) face in taking advantage of courses, faculty and resources at marine institutions other than their own. In addition, she develops new workshops and educational programs for public and private decision-makers. Prior to taking on this role, she served as the Center’s planning director, focusing on strategic plan and project implementation.
Before joining COS, Adina was the California program manager for COMPASS where she connected marine science and scientists to marine policy in California and trained scientists to communicate their work to both the media and the public. She also previously taught classes in a wide range of topics, from marine science and resource management to SCUBA and backcountry trail building. She led workshops and expeditions for students of all ages in various state and national parks, above and below water, domestically and internationally.
Abeles, A., K. Grimmer and H. Papendick. Preparing for the Future: Climate Change and the Monterey Bay Shorline, Center for Ocean Solutions (2012).
Finzi Hart, J.A., P. M. Grifman, S. C. Moser, A. Abeles, M. R. Myers, S. C. Schlosser, J. A. Ekstrom. Rising to the Challenge: Results of the 2011 Coastal California Adaptation Needs Assessment (2012), USCSG-TR-01-2012.