USC Sea Grant's Knauss Fellows for 2008


  Specialist, NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program

Aug. 2005-present

Monterey Institute for International Studies, Monterey, CA Aug. 2005-present
M.A. Candidate, International Environmental Policy, May 2007

  • Focus on Marine and Coastal Policy

May 2001

Guilford College, Greensboro, NC May 2001

B.A. Environmental Studies and English (double major), Cum Laude

Professional Experience


Oct. 2005-present

Elkhorn Slough Foundation, Moss Landing, CA
Program and Administrative Aide

  • Manage, collate, and update property files for compliance with Land Trust Alliance guidelines
  • Develop and institute intern program framework
May-Sept. 2006 REEF Environmental Education Foundation, Key Largo, FL

Marine Conservation Intern

  • Updated and posted national events on the Great Annual Fish Count website
  • Organized and taught REEF/PADI Project Aware fish identification courses for Tropical Western Atlantic region
  • Conducted research and monitoring at sites examining coral re-growth and health, fish population and density, and invertebrate relocation and restoration
  • Featured Science Speaker for Seacamp summer speaker series, Big Pine Key, FL
  • Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary Reef Medic: Identified and recorded signs of coral disease, bleaching and damage from boat groundings. Assisted with emergency re-stabilization of dislocated corals caused by boat groundings.
  • Lectured at Biscayne National Park for the Great Annual Fish Count
  • Participated in data collection at seining sites for snapper, bonefish, and permit research with Biscayne National Park
  • Qualified for and performed Advanced Assessment Team fish species and density surveys
  • Assisted with projects throughout south Florida, in partnership with The Nature Conservancy, FKNMS, BNP, SeaKEYS, Ken Nedemyer, and REEF
  • Led student educational aquarium programs at Island Dolphin Care, Key Largo, FL
  • Trained incoming interns in office procedures and fish identification presentations
Feb.-May 2006 Seafood Watch, Center for the Future of the Oceans, Monterey, CA

Program Intern
  • Assisted Outreach Coordinator with all aspects of programs for National Seafood Watch Partners and local Restaurant Program participants, including partner recruitment, evaluation, and communications
  • Managed the Sustainable Seafood Information Fair along with Outreach Specialist
  • Conducted regional seafood market research and facilitated Monterey Bay Aquarium events
Sept.-Nov. 2005 Friends of the Sea Otter, Monterey, CA

Grant Writer
  • Wrote proposal for establishing Otter Spotting Program; submitted to competitive California Whale Tail Grant
2004-2005 Newfound Harbor Marine Institute, Seacamp, Big Pine Key, FL, Jan.-May 2005

Senior Marine Science Instructor, Sept.-Dec. 2004, Jan.-May 2004

Coordinated and taught science adventure programs, created and implemented lesson plans for 3-5 day programs focusing on marine science education (complete course list available upon request)

Organized and participated in all facets of the program, including program coordinator for schools, evening programs, meals, transportation, student and adult orientations

Assisted with staff training and visiting teacher workshops

Point person on research, compilation, assessment, creating reports, and presentation to the Board findings on hiring and retaining hires, updating equipment, technological advancement and improvement of facilities
Academic Research  


Policy Memorandum: “Cruise Ship Impact Mitigation on the Marine Environment”

Policy Memorandum: “Policy Options for Combating Mnemiopsis Leidyi in the Caspian Sea”

Research Proposal: “Proposal for Greenhouse Gas Mitigation for the Monterey Institute”

Policy Analysis: “Man versus Nature: How Coastal Development Feeds Natural Disasters”

Policy Analysis: “The Aquarium Ornamental Marine Species Trade: Protecting the Product from the Industry”

Convening Document: “Regarding Yellowfin Tuna in the Wider Caribbean Region”
Additional Qualifications  
Sept. 2006-May 2007 Student Oceanography Club, Monterey Bay Aquarium, Mentor, Monterey, CA
Nov. 2006-present Undaria Monitoring Program, NOAA, MBNMS, DFG, Diver, Monterey, CA
Sept. 2006 California Coastal Clean-up Day, Kayak Team Volunteer, Monterey, CA
Sept. 2005-present Environmental Task Force MIIS, Monterey, CA
Oct. 2006-present Net Impact, MIIS, Monterey, CA
Oct. 2005-May 2006 Red Cross Club, MIIS, Monterey, CA
  Complementary Work Experience:
  • Trip Leader, Visions Service Adventures, Alaska Program Jun.-Aug. 2005
  • Trip Leader, Visions Service Adventures, FR Guadeloupe Program Jun.-Aug. 2004
Special Training and Experience  
  • Languages: English (native), French (fluent)
  • Certifications:
    • Red Cross: Advanced First Aid/CPR for the Professional Rescuer (includes AED), Lifeguard (includes Waterfront Lifeguarding and Oxygen Administration), First Aid: When Help Is Delayed, Shelter Operations, Introduction to Disaster Services
    • PADI: SCUBA Open Water, Advanced Open Water, Nitrox Certified Diver, Rescue Diver
    • Coast Guard recognized Captain’s training for boat handling
    • Skin Diver Instructor course, Okefenokee Swamp Guide, Project Wet
  • Computer Technical Skillls: Microsoft Office, GIS (ArcView, ArcGIS), SPSS
  • Memberships: National Marine Educators Association (NMEA) member