USC Sea Grant's Knauss Fellow for 2013

Brittany King


Office of National Marine Sanctuaries (US DOC, NOAA, NOS, ONMS)


Master of Environmental Science and Management (Expected June 2012), Bren School of Environmental Science & Management, University of California, Santa Barbara

  • Specialization: Coastal Marine Resources Management
  • Master Group Project Thesis: Greening Aquarium of the Bay: Environmental Impact & Recommendations for Reduction. Client is Aquarium of the Bay, San Francisco, CA
  • Focus: Researching the effects of aquarium's life support system on animal care, focusing on the relationships between temperature, mortality, and animal metabolism.

Bachelor of Science Degree: Marine and Environmental Science (December 2009), Hampton University, Hampton, VA

  • Academic Awards/Honors: Departmental Honors, cum laude, Dean's List (Fall 2007-Fall 2009), Hampton University Merit Achievement Scholar
  • Involvement: American Society of Limnology and Oceanography Multicultural Program (ASLO) (Fall 2008 - Spring 2009), Beta Kappa Chi Scientific Honor Society (Fall 2008 – Fall 2009), Marine Science Club Member (Fall 2007- Fall 2009)
  • Relevant Coursework: Coastal Processes, Data Management, General Ecology, Introduction to Environment Science, Introduction to Marine Science, Introduction to Research Techniques in Environment Science, Marine Biology, Multicultural Communication, Public Speaking
Environmental Research Experience


2011 - Present

Lobster Fisheries Research - Santa Barbara Harbor
Field Research Technician, Santa Barbara, CA (October 2011- Present)

  • Measure length and identified sex of Spiny Lobsters caught by local Santa Barbara Fishermen

Environmental Science Associations America's Cup Internship - Crissy Fields
America's Cup Data Collection Intern, San Francisco, CA (August 2011- September 2011)

  • Conducted Visitor Use survey for the National Park Service at Crissy Fields
  • Counted bicyclist and pedestrian using the Bike path at the entrance of the Crissy Fields Center

Aquarium of the Bay Research Internship - Aquarium of the Bay, Pier 39
Data Collection Intern, San Francisco, CA (June 2011- August 2011)

  • Collected life support systems equipment inventory data
  • Research various aquarium equipment such as pumps, filters, and chillers
2008 - 2009

NOAA Living Marine Resource Cooperative Science Center (LMRCSC) Program - Hampton University
Laboratory Assistant, Hampton, VA (September 2008 - December 2009)

  • Assisted professors in Physical Geology and Introduction to Marine Science laboratory course
  • Assisted students in research projects and fieldwork

National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates - Bodega Marine Laboratory
Data Analysis/Field Research Assistant, Bodega Bay, CA (June 2008- August 2008)

  • Analyzed historical fecal indicator bacteria concentrations at local beach to determine if beach closures, due to high concentrations, were related to environmental factors
  • Water quality sampling
  • Presented results in Nice, France, at the 2009 ASLO Meeting

Hampton University Beach Seining Project: Strawberry Banks- Hampton University
Field Research Assistant, Hampton, VA (January 2008- May 2008)

  • Identified and measured juvenile fish present at Strawberry Banks beach during the spring using a seine net along the shore; conducted weekly water quality tests on samples site
2007 - 2009

Mentoring Young Scientist- Virginia Beach Aquarium
Mentor, Virginia Beach, VA (Aug 2007- May 2009)

  • Assisted staff in an after school program teaching local middle school children about coastal trends
  • Assisted/Mentor student in developing and presenting a yearlong project on Climate Change (2007-2008) and Oyster Restoration (2008-2009)
Skills, Volunteerism & Presentations  

Computer: Microsoft Office (Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint), SPSS, R, ArcGIS

Certification: Open Water Scuba certified (August 2009)

School Groups: Bren School of Environmental Science and Management, UC Santa Barbara

  • The Wildlife Society, University of California Chapter
    • Participated in Campus Tree Planting Restoration
  • Net Impact, University of California Chapter
    • Participated in plant restoration in the city of Goleta

Presentations: Oral presentation, Hampton University Dreams Research Seminar (October 2008) and, oral and poster presentation, Bodega Marine Laboratory (August 2008): Relationships between environmental factors and concentrations of fecal indicator bacteria at Campbell Cove Beach