USC Sea Grant's Knauss Fellow for 2013

Kelsey Jacobsen


U.S. Representative Lois Capps - California


Bren School of Environmental Science & Management, University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB), Master of Environmental Science and Management (Expected June 2012), GPA 3.84, Coastal Marine Resource Management specialization

  • Awards: Switzer Environmental Fellow, Doris Duke Conservation Fellow, Dr. Daniel Vapnek Fellow
  • Masters Group Thesis: "Bioeconomic Modeling of Salmon Aquaculture in Southern Chile"
  • Selected Coursework: Conservation Planning, Marine Environments in a Changing World, Biological
  • Oceanography, Fisheries Stock Assessment, Earth Systems Science, Environmental Law & Policy
  • Economics for Environmental Management, GIS, Ethical Decision-Making for Environmental Leadership

Connecticut College, New London, CT, Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies (May 2008), GPA 3.82, Minors in French and Art

  • Awards/Certificates: Graduated summa cum laude; Honors Environmental Studies Student, Phi Beta Kappa, Dean's Honors or High Honors all semesters; Goodwin-Niering Center for Conservation Biology and Environmental Studies Certificate
  • Selected Coursework: Environmental Studies as a Natural Science, Ecology, Geology, Marine Biodiversity & Conservation, Estuarine Ecology, Tropical Biology, Thinking Philosophically about the Environment
Study Abroad


2007 School for International Training, Zanzibar, East Africa (2/2007 – 5/2007)
Selected Coursework: Coastal Ecology, Kiswahili
2006 School for International Training, Senegal, West Africa (6/2006 – 8/2006)
Selected Coursework: Photography, French
Professional Experience  
2011 - Present

Master's Group Project Thesis, Bren School of Environmental Science & Management – UCSB
Project Manager (3/2011 – present)

  • Maintain a comprehensive understanding of the project throughout its development; verify that methods match project goals; distribute regular emails to group members reminding of individual tasks; communicate on behalf of the group with project clients at Wildlife Conservation Society in Chile
  • Conduct independent research on modeling the ecological impacts of nutrient loading from salmon farms
  • Collaborate with group members and academic advisors to construct a mathematical model that predicts the ecological and socioeconomic outcomes of modifying salmon farming practices in southern Chile
  • Traveled to southern Chile to conduct interviews with stakeholders including government officials, scientists, aquaculture facility managers, and industry association leaders

Short Course on Ocean Policy, Stanford University and Center for Ocean Solutions, Monterey, CA
Student Participant (8/2011)

  • Collaborated with three colleagues to write a policy brief and deliver a presentation to mock Republican Natural Resources Subcommittee members on a proposed US aquaculture bill
  • Participated in over 60 hours of class sessions and field trips led by experts on topics including State and Federal ocean governance, international fisheries management, and ecosystem-based management

Independent Study, Connecticut College
Researcher, Author, Presenter (1/2008 – 5/2008)

  • Conducted in-depth literature research on marine protected areas (MPAs) and their benefits and limitations in protecting exploited organisms of differing life histories: giant clams, octopi and tuna
  • Composed a 46-page paper, Modeling Planktonic Larval Dispersal Patterns to Improve the Design of Marine Protected Areas, including a Geographic Information Systems- based case study on Indonesia's MPAs

Coastal Ecology Independent Study Project, School for International Training in Zanzibar, East Africa
Researcher, Author, Presenter (2/2007 – 5/2007)

  • Interviewed residents and participated in classes examining social influences on local ecological concerns
  • Completed month-long field study on a species of intertidal cockle
  • Composed a report and presentation on the ecological effects of a marine protected area on this shellfish
Skills, Interests and Affiliations  

Communications: Completed COMPASS (Communication Partnership for Science and the Sea) trainings in Messaging, Live Recorded Interview Skills, New Media, and Headlining

Computer: Proficient in Microsoft Office for PC and Mac (Word, PowerPoint, Excel), Adobe Suite (InDesign, Photoshop, Lightroom), ArcGIS, and JMP

Language: Conversational and written French, Elementary Kiswahili

Scuba Certifications: Divemaster, AAUS Scientific Diver, Rescue Diver, Dry Suit Diver, Deep Diver, Drift Diver

Interests: Travel, Drawing, Photography, Scuba Diving, Backcountry Hiking

Affiliations: Switzer Environmental Network, PADI Professional Diving Society, American Association of Underwater Scientists