USC Sea Grant's Knauss Fellow for 2012

Micah Effron


NOAA Office of Program, Planning and Integration

2011 Bren School of Environmental Science & Management
University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB)
Master of Environmental Science and Management (June 2011)
  • Specializations: Coastal Marine Resources Management
  • Awards/Honors: Beth and Richard Rogers Prize; Tom Peters and Joy Dittberner Summer Internship Fellowship
  • Selected Coursework: Applied Marine Ecology; Environmental Economics; Environmental Politics; Coastal Zone Law; Biological Oceanography; Coastal Marine Law and Policy
2006 Northwestern University, Evanston, IL
Bachelor of Arts in Biological Anthropology with a Political Science Minor (June 2006)
  • Honors Senior Thesis: Ethnography of shark fin soup consumption and shark conservation plan
  • Leadership/Involvement: Recycling Manager, Students for Ecological & Environmental Development; Prairie restoration volunteer; Joy Cart hospital volunteer; Chi Psi fraternity member
  • Selected Coursework: Conservation Biology; Environmental Anthropology; Field Ecology
2005 Danish Institute for Study Abroad, Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Selected Coursework: European Environmental Politics; Bioethics; Environmental Law (Fall 2005)
Master's Group Project Thesis  
2011 "Integrating Tribal Marine Resource Use into California's Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA) Spatial Planning Process"
  • Worked with MLPA staff to collect, analyze, and present data on tribal marine resource use so that the marine reserve network being designed would account for tribal needs
  • Designed a framework of best practices for integrating tribes more effectively into participatory planning processes related to natural resource management
  • Will be delivering a poster presentation at the 2011 George Wright Society Conference on Parks, Protected Areas, and Cultural Sites in New Orleans, LA
Professional Experience  
2010-Present Research Assistant for Dr. Chris Costello
Sustainable Fisheries Group, UC Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA (3/10-present)
  • Conduct in-depth research into fisheries cooperatives and compile them into a database, which is serving as the foundation for a research group targeting novel research avenues in fisheries management on the policy, science, and economics interface
2010-2010 Field Intern for the Pirate Fishing Campaign
Environmental Justice Foundation, Freetown, Sierra Leone (6/10-9/10)
  • Created, pilot tested, and carried out a baseline socioeconomic survey of 15 isolated fishing communities on the Sherbro River to inform future spatial planning and community conservation work in the region
  • Conducted in-depth interviews with village chiefs and other key individuals, which documented their livelihoods, information on fisheries, and changes taking place in their communities
  • Wrote a comprehensive published report detailing the survey's findings, made policy recommendations, and identified potential marine protected area sites
  • Advised local staff in developing the agenda for a West African conference on illegal fishing
2008-2009 Horseshoe Crab Program Manager
Coastal Marine Resource Center, Brooklyn, NY (10/08-09/09)
  • Launched a program dedicated to the protection of local horseshoe crab populations
  • Engaged local and regional agencies, environmental and community groups, and academic experts to assess the feasibility of establishing a horseshoe crab sanctuary in New York City
  • Collaborated with graphic designers to develop materials about horseshoe crab ecology
  • Created and delivered interactive educational programs for school group
2007-2008 Field Research Assistant
Jane Goodall Institute/Budongo Forest Project, Masindi, Uganda (10/07-04/08)
  • Managed a field research site investigating how environmental disturbances impact chimpanzee stress levels
  • Tracked a group of wild chimpanzees, recording behavioral data and collecting fecal samples
  • Coordinated an emergency rescue effort to free a chimpanzee caught in a hunting mechanism
2005 Field Research Assistant
Blue Ventures, Andavadoaka, Madagascar (06/05-09/05)
  • Completed underwater transects of pelagic and benthic species as a trained research diver
  • Instituted and carried out a shark catch monitoring program in the nearby village
  • Collected species diversity data on mangroves, seagrasses, and reef flats invertebrates