Specialties: Coastal and Nearshore Environment, Cumulative Impacts, Ecosystem Health
Melissa Foley joined the Center as an early career science fellow in 2009. As a fellow she focused on the development and application of ecological principles for coastal and marine resource management. Before joining the Center, Melissa received her PhD in marine ecology at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) where her research focused on how the movement of subsidies across the land-sea interface influences ecosystem structure and functioning in nearshore marine habitats.
Melissa is also a research associate with the Institute of Marine Science at UCSC and is currently investigating how large-scale wildfires affect the magnitude and type of subsidy exchange at the land-sea interface. Melissa now works as a researcher at the United States Geological Survey’s (USGS) Santa Cruz, CA office where she focuses on monitoring and understanding dam removal dynamics and impacts on coastal ecosystems.