Ben Halpern is Director of CMAP and a Research Biologist at the Marine Science Institute. He also serves as Project Coordinator for a large project on Ecosystem-Based Management (EBM) of coastal marine systems, based at the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis, and is a lead scientist for the Ocean Health Index project. Much of his research addresses issues related to Coastal and Marine Spatial Planning (CMSP), including cumulative impact and ecosystem service tradeoff assessments.
Ben Best is a Senior Analyst for the Ocean Health Index, a research project housed at the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis. Ben is also completing a PhD at Duke University in the Marine Geospatial Ecology Lab. He has worked on Marine Geospatial Ecology Tools, OBIS-SEAMAP marine animal observation geoportal, Census of Marine Life Map & Viz, and species distribution modeling of cetaceans (SERDP, Cetaceans & Sound Mapping). (CV)
Carol Blanchette is a marine ecologist at the Marine Science Institute, and studies the ecology of coastal ecosystems including nearshore kelp, seagrass and rocky intertidal habitats. She is the science coordinator for the Partnership for Interdisciplinary Studies of Coastal Oceans (PISCO), a large-scale research consortium focused on scientific issues in coastal ecosystems related to conservation and policy issues, as well as a co-PI on an NSF-funded research grant to study the impacts of ocean acidification along the US West coast.
I am a population and community ecologist with training in fisheries ecology. My most recent work centers around the relationship between community and habitat diversity in coral reef fishes, but I also have experience working with estuarine and temperate, rocky reef fish communities.
Most of my current research is done as part of my association with the Moorea Coral Reef LTER site, the complex of coral reefs and lagoons that surround the island of Moorea, French Polynesia.
Moorea Coral Reef LTER: http://mcr.lternet.edu/
Jenn Caselle is a Research Biologist at the Marine Science Institute, University of California Santa Barbara. Her research is broadly focused on marine conservation and reef ecology. She works in both coral reef and kelp forest ecosystems studying community dynamics, recruitment and larval dispersal and movement patterns of fishes. Caselle has designed and managed a large-scale field-based monitoring program of kelp forests in the California current ecosystem with goals of assessing long-term changes due to climate and anthropogenic impacts. This program has become the basis of Marine Protected Area monitoring throughout California and the west Coast of the United States. She is also the Science Coordinator for PISCO (Partnership for Interdisciplinary Studies of Coastal Oceans; www.piscoweb.org).
Partnership for Interdisciplinary Studies of Coastal Oceans: http://www.piscoweb.org
Palmyra Atoll Research Consortium: http://www.palmyraresearch.org/
Christopher Costello is a professor of natural resource economics at University of California, Santa Barbara, USA. His research focuses on decision making under uncertainty and resource use with incomplete property rights. Much of his work has focused recently on marine resources - specifically fisheries economics - where he researches catch shares and other mechanisms to simultaneously achieve profitability and sustainability.
Costello's work on fisheries economics includes work on ITQ fisheries, fisheries cooperatives, territorial user rights fisheries, marine protected areas, and optimal harvesting under uncertainty. He contributes to these areas by publishing in academic journals, engaging in policy debates, working with fishermen and non-governmental organizations, and serving as a science adviser.
Frank Davis teaches landscape ecology and conservation planning, and heads the Biogeography Lab at the Bren School of Environmental Science and Management. His research focuses on the landscape ecology of California plant communities; the design of protected-area networks; rangeland and farmland conservation; and the biological implications of regional climate change.
Biogeography Lab: http://www.biogeog.ucsb.edu
Jenny Dugan is an Associate Research Biologist at the Marine Science Institute at UC Santa Barbara. As a coastal marine ecologist, her primary research has focused on sandy beach ecosystems. She investigates many aspects of beach ecosystems and their associated food webs and functions, from the bottom up effects of the deposition of macroalgal wrack as a major subsidy to expanding the understanding of shorebirds as ecological indicators and predators in these open coast ecosystems. Her research also evaluates the ecological impacts of a number of widespread human alterations to this ecosystem, including shoreline armoring and beach grooming.
Steven Gaines's research focuses on marine ecology and conservation, sustainable fisheries, the design of marine reserves, and the impact of climate change on ocean ecosystems. He has served as director of the UC Santa Barbara Marine Science Institute, and as UCSB Acting Dean of Science and Acting Vice Chancellor for Research. Professor Gaines currently serves as a science advisor for the Joint Ocean Commission and is a principal investigator for PISCO (Partnership for Interdisciplinary Studies of Coastal Oceans), a long-term consortium was instrumental in establishing to further collaborative study of marine ecosystems throughout the Pacific.
Michael F. Goodchild is Professor of Geography at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and Director of UCSB’s Center for Spatial Studies. He received his B.A. degree from Cambridge University in Physics in 1965 and his Ph.D. in geography from McMaster University in 1969, and has received four honorary doctorates. He was elected member of the National Academy of Sciences and Foreign Member of the Royal Society of Canada (2002), member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2006), and Foreign Member of the Royal Society and Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy (2010); and in 2007 he received the Prix Vautrin Lud. He was editor of Geographical Analysis between 1987 and 1990 and editor of the Methods, Models, and Geographic Information Sciences section of the Annals of the Association of American Geographers from 2000 to 2006. He serves on the editorial boards of ten other journals and book series, and has published more than 15 books and 400 articles. He was Chair of the National Research Council’s Mapping Science Committee from 1997 to 1999, and currently chairs the Advisory Committee on Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences of the National Science Foundation. His current research interests center on geographic information science, spatial analysis, and uncertainty in geographic data. For more information, see Michael Goodchild’s complete CV.
As a conservation biologist and community ecologist, I collaborate across disciplines to develop, synthesize, and communicate robust, relevant conservation science that can inform marine and coastal policy and management. Major themes of my work include (i) understanding the ways human impact marine species, habitats, and ecosystems; (ii) understanding the spatial distribution of ecological and human components of ecosystems in order to inform conservation and management; and (iii) developing ways to integrate biophysical and socioeconomic data to support environmental decision-making in coastal ecosystems. My research has particularly been aimed at informing marine protected area design, ecosystem based management, and marine spatial planning.
Bruce Kendall is a professor of applied quantitative ecology at the Bren School of Environmental Science & Management. His research focuses on modeling and theory for population ecology and spatial ecology, with applications in endangered species monitoring and management, fisheries, and protected-area network design. His research spans terrestrial, aquatic, and marine ecosystems; a major marine interest is in the ecological effects and management implications of stochastic connectivity in nearshore species.
Hunter Lenihan is a Professor of applied marine ecology in the Bren School of Environmental Science and Management at UCSB. His primary research interests lie in the fields of applied population and community ecology, especially in connection with restoration, ecotoxicology, and various forms of ocean resource management. He has collaborated with California fishing communities to design research intended to advance spatial-based fisheries management, including management utilizing marine reserves. He is exploring ecological and oceanographic processes that regulate coral populations, particularly within the long-term coral reef research project in Moorea, French Polynesia (MCR-LTER), with the goal of developing new techniques for coral reef management and restoration. In addition, Lenihan is working with disease physiologists to isolate and cultivate disease-resistant abalone to be used as part of population enhancement efforts. Lenihan is a founding member of the UC Center for the Environmental Implications of Nanotechnology, and leader of their marine ecotoxicology group. He has conducted research within estuaries, at deep-sea hydrothermal vents, and in polar environments. His overall objective is to generate new ideas and methods marine resource management and train young scientists interested in community-based research and management.
Moorea LTER: http://mcr.lternet.edu
Santa Barbara Coastal LTER: http://sbc.lternet.edu
Dr. Sarah Lester is a Project Scientist at the Marine Science Institute at UCSB, working with the Sustainable Fisheries Group (SFG). She is the Project Manager of Ocean Analytics, the research arm and bioeconomic modeling team of SFG. Her recent research has focused on the ecological effects of marine protected areas, applying tradeoff analysis to marine resource management and spatial planning, sustainable fisheries management, and ecosystem-based management.
Sustainable Fisheries Group: http://sfg.msi.ucsb.edu/
I am intrigued by ecological processes at several scales, from populations to ecosystems, and the challenge to translate them to tractable models serving conservation purposes. Building on my experience in indicators of fishing effects, with emphasis on biodiversity metrics, at NCEAS I am contributing to the development of a methodology to globally assess ocean health. The goal is to combine indicators of the relevant ecological and socio-economic parameters within a framework that is, at the same time, scientifically sound and understand-able to the wider public. (Ocean Health Index)
David López-Carr is Director of Latin American and Iberian Studies (LAIS) and Professor of Geography where he directs the Human-Environment Dynamics Lab (HED). López-Carr works on links among population, health, rural development, agricultural, forest and marine resource use, and conservation through ongoing projects in Latin America, Africa, and Asia. He is an associate investigator for the Santa Barbara Channel LTER and serves on several UC and international committees on human dimensions of environmental change.
Dr. Will McClintock is a Project Scientist at the UCSB Marine Science Institute. His research involves the design, development and implementation of geospatial technologies to facilitate marine spatial planning. He is particularly interested in practical applications of web-based technologies to facilitate collaborative, science-based and stakeholder driven decision making. From 2005-2011, Dr. McClintock was the Director of the MairneMap Consortium, a group of scientists and technologists at UCSB, Ecotrust and The Nature Conservancy. He enjoys working with individuals with a variety of skills to bring free and open source tools to real-world, large scale marine spatial planning projects.
Dr. McClintock's lab, in collaboration with The MarineMap Consortium, developed the web-based decision support system for California's Marine Life Protection Act Initiative. The MarineMap Decision Support Tool (DST) was the primary means by which stakeholders collaboratively authored science-backed marine protected area (MPA) proposals. Development continued throughout the planning process to meet the evolving needs of scientists, planners and stakeholders. Additionally, the McClintock lab developed several application prototypes such as the MarineMap Impacts Assessment Tool developed in collaboration with Ben Halpern, and an MPA Monitoring Data application developed in collaboration with David Kushner.
In 2011, Dr. McClintock received an gift of $500,000 from Jack Dangermond, CEO of ESRI, the world's largest provider of geographic information systems (GIS) software. The gift was in recognition of the McClintock lab's contribution to MarineMap and to facilitate the development of the "next generation" marine spatial planning application using ESRI software.
Melack's research has emphasized ecological processes in aquatic systems, and hydrological and biogeochemical aspects of catchments. Since 2001 he has been examining export of nutrients and sediments into the Santa Barbara Channel as a function of land use and variations in rainfall and runoff. He served as a co-investigator on a project designed to improve fisheries management in coastal California waters.
Project Scientist in law and policy at the Marine Science Institute of the University of California, Santa Barbara, teaches courses in coastal and ocean law and policy in the Bren School of Environmental Science and Management. Her research focuses on property rights and sea tenure, the role of marine spatial planning and ocean zoning, and the effectiveness of the California coastal management regime. She was a principal investigator in the NCEAS working group on Ocean Ecosystem-Based Management: the role of zoning.
Osherenko also makes educational and docuscience films. Arctic Expedition (16 min.) premiered at the 2007 Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF), and Dark Side of the Loon (43 min.) premiered at the SBIFF in 2009. She recently completed Our Marine World Heritage(6:43min.) for UNESCO's Marine World Heritage Programme.
Dan Reed is a Research Biologist in the Marine Science Institute at UCSB. His primary research interests focus on patterns and ecological consequences of natural disturbance in coastal marine ecosystems, the processes by which they recover and the application of this knowledge to restoration programs designed to mitigate impacts caused by human disturbance. Giant kelp forests and seagrass beds have been the focal ecosystems for most of his research, which includes studies on dispersal/connectivity, recruitment, reproduction, population and food web dynamics, community ecology, primary production and trophic interactions.
Courtney Scarborough is a Project Scientist at the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS) where she works as the Project Manager for the ecosystem thresholds and indicators for marine spatial planning project. She received her Master’s degree in Environmental Science and Management from the Bren School at UCSB. Before joining the ecosystem thresholds team, Courtney spent the previous 3 years helping to develop the Ocean Health Index, a framework to assess the health of the oceans through a coupled social-ecological systems approach. Her research interests lie at the intersection of innovative marine science and applied management solutions.
- Assistant Research Scientist, Marine Science Institute, UCSB
- Project Scientist, Hawai'i Institute of Marine Biology, UH
- Center Associate, National Center for Ecological Analysis & Synthesis, UCSB
Kim’s research projects are diverse but share a common goal of conducting science relevant to marine management.
Kim co-leads the NCEAS-based effort to develop tools for assessing and mapping human impacts to marine systems. Through her affiliation with the Hawaiian Institute of Marine Biology, she works with the managers of the Papāhanaumokuākea Marine National Monument, which protects the coral reefs of the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. Kim led an effort to map human impacts to Papāhanaumokuākea and started a project to adapt these methods to understand impacts according to a traditional Hawaiian world view. She continues to work on ways to extend human impact assessment and mapping.
Marine population genetics and connectivity
Kim has a long-standing interest in applying and improving population genetic approaches to estimate dispersal in coastal marine populations. She recently led a “seascape” genetics analysis of kelp forest species (lobster, kelp bass, sheephead and Kellet’s whelk) in Southern California that combined oceanographic, genetic and ecological data, and is now leading an effort to map genetic connectivity of 40+ species across the Hawaiian archipelago with Rob Toonen and the Tobo lab at HIMB.
Since 2006 Kim has spearheaded a local outreach campaign on the impact of seafood demand on ocean health. She is the director of the Santa Barbara Sustainable Seafood Program housed by the Ty Warner Sea Center/Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History. She also collaborates with the Commercial Fishermen of Santa Barbara, Inc. to increase local access to local seafood, including the creation of a Community Supported Fishery program at UCSB, due to begin in early 2012. Academically, she is interested in understanding how fisheries reform is influenced by the seafood supply chain and consumer demand.
Professor - Department of Ecology, Evolution, & Marine Biology
My research concentrates on marine population ecology and evolution. Much of my recent work focused on marine spatial planning, especially marine reserve design, function, and monitoring. I am currently involved with several projects intended to integrate an ecological and evolutionary perspective into predictions about biological responses to environmental change.
Libe Washburn is an oceanographer and professor working at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) in the Department of Geography. He is also affiliated with the Marine Science Institute (MSI) and is currently chair of the Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Marine Science. His main research interests focus on interdisciplinary links between ocean circulation processes and marine communities in a variety of ocean environments. Washburn's research is based on primarily observations and he employs a variety of approaches in his work including high frequency (HF) radar for mapping surface currents. Results of his work related to HF radar and other projects are available at http://www.icess.ucsb.edu/iog/realtime/index.php.
Crow White is a Postdoctoral researcher. His research focus is on theoretical and applied, temporally- and spatially-explicit bio-economic modeling of alternative renewable natural resource management strategies, and empirical evaluation of the ecological implications of these strategies. In his work at UCSB he is designing and testing ecosystem-based and resource rights-based solutions to conservation and market failures in fishery management. Additionally, he works on decision-theoretic and portfolio theory analysis of tradeoffs among interacting ecosystem services, and develops and applies marine spatial planning for mediating user group conflicts.
Professor - Institutional and International Governance, Environmental Institutions
Oran Young is a renowned Arctic expert and a world leader in the fields of international governance and environmental institutions. His scientific work encompasses both basic research focusing on collective choice and social institutions, and applied research dealing with issues pertaining to international environmental governance and the Arctic as an international region. Professor Young served for six years as vice-president of the International Arctic Science Committee and was the founding chair of the Committee on the Human Dimensions of Global Change within the National Academy of Sciences in the United States. He currently chairs the Scientific Committee of the International Human Dimensions Programme on Global Environmental Change and the Steering Committee of the Arctic Governance Project. Among the more than 20 books he has authored are The Institutional Dimensions of Environmental Change and Governance in World Affairs. His forthcoming book is Institutional Dynamics: Emergent Patterns in International Environmental Governance.
Program on Governance for Sustainable Development: http://www.gsdprogram.org/
Director, Marine Science Institute
Dean, Bren School
Director, Earth Research Institute
Director, Latin American and Iberian Studies
Director, Spatial Center
Senior Analyst for Ocean Health Index