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.