USC Sea Grant's Knauss Fellow for 2012

Michaela Clemence


Program Coordination Office in NOAA Headquarters in Washington, DC.


Bren School of Environmental Science & Management, UCSB, Santa Barbara, CA
Master of Environmental Science and Management (June 2011) GPA: 3.94

  • Coastal Marine Resource Management, Economics & Politics of the Environment
  • Group Project Thesis: Marine Spatial Planning and Bio-Economic Analysis for Offshore Shrimp Aquaculture in Northwest Mexico

Leadership: Class Chair, Elected January 2010; Dean's Advisory Council, Elected October 2009


University of Richmond, School of Arts and Sciences, Richmond, VA
Bachelors of Science: Biology, Environmental Studies, Magna cum Laude (2006) GPA: 3.73

Leadership Studies Concentration, Jepson School of Leadership Studies

  • Leadership: Jepson School of Leadership Curriculum Committee, Elected September 2005
  • Honors/Awards: Phi Beta Kappa, Dean's List: 7 semesters, Undergraduate Research Grant, Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society, Golden Key National Honor Society

University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia (Spring 2005)

  • International Marine Studies: Field research experience on Heron Island and Stradbroke Island
Professional Experience  

Sustainable Fisheries Group (SFG), Marine Science Institute/UCSB, Santa Barbara, CA - Assistant Project Manager (Jan 2011 – present)

  • Developed a screening plan and feasibility analysis to assess potential projects that demonstrate sustainable fisheries management strategies integrating property-rights based management, marine protected areas and/or fisheries certification
  • Coordinating with NGO and foundation partners to determine the scientific needs for developing a near-shore marine spatial plan for Bermuda

Partnership for Interdisciplinary Study of Coastal Oceans (PISCO), UCSB, Santa Barbara, CA - European Assistant Project Director, Science of Marine Reserves Project (Jun to Dec 2010)

  • Assisted in the development of an educational booklet on European marine reserves that provides current scientific information on marine reserves in an accessible manner to policy makers, scientists and the public
  • Researched and presented booklet concepts and case study options to European-based science advisory team, continually incorporated advisory team feedback into booklet content
  • Developed figures and wrote case studies based on scientific publications on the effects of marine reserves; utilized ArcGIS to develop maps for booklet
  • Coordinated with European partners, including United Kingdom's environmental agency -Natural England- to acquire visual, geospatial and scientific information for the booklet
  • Led and coordinated the 2010 European Science of Marine Reserves workshop in London

Commonwealth Sciences, Inc., Norwood, MA - Scientific Recruiter/Account Manager (Sep 2006 to Apr 2008, Dec 2008 to Aug 2009)

  • Specialized in recruiting high level pharmaceutical and biotechnology professionals for both contract and permanent roles in Boston and San Francisco
  • Consistently ranked by management as top performer in new account development and management
  • Initiated and maintained relationships with new and existing clients and candidates through cold calling, networking and referrals
  • Interviewed and screened candidates for potential job matches, ran reference and background checks
  • Negotiated client contracts and candidate salaries
  • Trained new employees in recruiting techniques and account development/management
Research Experience  

Marine Resource Management Fellow (Jun to Aug 2006)
NMFS-NOAA Recruiting, Training and Research Unit at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA

  • Worked within a six-member team recruited to research and develop an interdisciplinary web-based case study on the role of marine protected areas on marine resource management in the US Virgin Islands (http://www.nmfs.vt.edu/case_studies/ack_mpa2.html)
  • Traveled to Miami, Key West, St. Thomas and St. Croix to interview stakeholders on the socioeconomic and biological impacts of the East End Marine Park in St. Croix
  • Generated, compiled and reviewed visual and written material for website
  • Created an interactive case study used to educate students on the role of marine protected areas in coastal resource management

Marine Resources Population Dynamics Student (Jan 2005)
NMFS-NOAA Recruiting Training & Research Unit, Summerland Key, FL

  • Recruited to participate in a NOAA funded, week long educational workshop to gain an understanding of the complex issues surrounding fisheries management; analyzed case studies, attended lectures, toured fish processing facilities and sea turtle rescue centers

Environmental Microbiology Honors Research Assistant (Aug 2004 to Dec 2005)
Department of Biology, University of Richmond, Richmond, VA

  • Developed grant funding for, and executed a research project investigating, the antibiotic resistance of bacteria exposed to varying environmental conditions; presented research poster at the UR Undergraduate Research Symposium