USC Sea Grant's Knauss Fellow for 2012

Annie Yau


Knauss Legislative Marine Policy Fellow – Special Assistant, Office of the Assistant Administrator

2005 Ph.D. in Environmental Science and Management
University of California, Santa Barbara

Advisor: Hunter S. Lenihan, Ph.D. Expected date of conferral: December 2011

2000-2004 B.S. in Marine Biology, University of California, Los Angeles
Research Experience  
2006 Dissertation: "Fishing and the Population Dynamics of Giant Clams"
  • Size-dependent Photosynthetic Performance of a Giant Clam
  • Effect of Fishing on the Population Growth of a Giant Clam
  • Optimum Management Strategies for Giant Clam Fisheries
2008 "Adaptive Capacity of Countries with Coral Reef Fisheries": Working Group, National Center for Ecological Analysis & Synthesis (NCEAS)
2003-2004 "Effects of trampling on rocky intertidal anemones." Senior Honors Thesis, UCLA
Research Grants Awarded  
2009 National Science Foundation East Asian Pacific Summer Institutes Fellowship
2007 PADI Foundation Grant
2006 Polynesia Education and Research Laboratories (PEARL) Award
  • Yau A., Fan T.Y. (In Review) Size-dependent photosynthetic performance in a giant clam Tridacna maxima, a mixotrophic marine bivalve. Marine Biology.
  • Marzolla A.M., Yau A., Grossman H., Dashiel S.L. (In Press) Participatory development of fotonovelas for environmental education and community empowerment. Natural Resources, Sustainability and Humanity - A Comprehensive View. Springer.
  • Yau A. (2011) Mexican Bay Scallops. Seafood Watch Report, Monterey Bay Aquarium.
  • Comnes L. & Stokely K. (2007) Agua Pura: Exploring Salmon and Steelhead in California Communities. University of California. Stokely K., Sanderson W., Yau A., Editors.
  • 2011 Yau A. Population dynamics of the giant clam in Moorea, French Polynesia. Moorea Coral Reef Long Term Ecological Research Annual Meeting.
  • 2008 Yau A. & Lenihan H. Population dynamics of an artisanally harvested giant clam (Tridacna maxima). Poster presentation at 11th International Coral Reef Symposium.
  • 2007 Yau A. & Lenihan H. Population dynamics of a tropical giant clam (Tridacnamaxima) and implications for the management of an artisanal fishery. Western Society of Naturalists Meeting.
  • 2007 A.M. Marzolla & Yau A. The Agua Pura Fotonovela Project: Latino community engagement in water quality education. North American Association for Environmental Education Conference.
  • 2007 Yau A. Agua Pura Pescadores: Exploring salmon and steelhead in California communities. California Association of Bilingual Educators Annual Conference.
  • 2003 Yau A. Natural history of a cloud forest crab. Annual Monteverde Institute International Symposium, Monteverde, Costa Rica.
Invited Lectures


  • 2007, 2008 "Towards Sustainable Fisheries." Ecology of Managed Ecosystems, UCSB
  • 2008 "Marine Ecology and Fisheries." Ecology of Managed Ecosystems, UCSB
  • 2008 "Landscape Ecology & Ecological Restoration." Landscape Ecology, UCSB
  • 2008 "Urban Ecology." Ecology of Managed Ecosystems, UCSB
University Teaching Experience  
  • 2010 Instructor - Introduction to Statistics, UCSB
  • 2009 Teaching Assistant - Bioremediation, Bioremediation Lab, UCSB
  • 2008 Teaching Assistant - Landscape Ecology, UCSB
  • 2006, 2007, 2008 Teaching Assistant - Ecology of Managed Ecosystems, UCSB
  • 2004 Teaching Assistant - Marine Biology Quarter, UCLA
  • 2004 Athletic Tutor - Plants and Civilization, UCLA
Professional Experience  
  • 2010-2011 Research Analyst, Seafood Watch, Monterey Bay Aquarium
  • 2006-2008 Program Coordinator, Santa Barbara 4-H Program, Agua Pura Program
  • 2004-2005 Database Clerk, National Marine Fisheries Service, NOAA
  • 2004 Volunteer Field Assistant, Perry Institute for Marine Science, Bahamas
  • 2004 Athletic Tutor, UCLA
  • 2003 Volunteer Activities Coordinator, Cuajiniquil, Costa Rica
  • 2002 Swahili Translator, Linguistic Department, UCLA
  • 2001-2002 Veterinary Technician, Plaza Del Amo Animal Hospital, Torrance CA
  • 1998-2005 Private Tutor, Los Angeles Area, CA
  • 1996-1998 Escort Volunteer, Torrance Memorial Hospital, Torrance CA
Honors and Awards  
  • 2010 Michael J. Connell Fellowship
  • 2010 Broida-Hirschfelder Fellowship
  • 2008 Toyota Motor Sales Fellowship
  • 2007-09 Luce Environmental Science to Solutions Fellow, UCSB
  • 2007 Nejat B. Ezal Fellowship
  • 2005-10 UC Regents Special Fellow
  • 2004 Summa Cum Laude
  • 2004 Phi Beta Kappa
  • 2004 UCLA Dean's Honors List
  • 2004 UCLA Departmental Honors
  • 2000-04 UC Regents Scholar
  • 2000-04 National Merit Scholar