I'm a marine conservation biologist turned ocean policy nerd, connecting science with public policy to help effectively manage and protect our global ocean. I am an Ocean Policy Specialist at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, working at local, state, and national levels to advance policies that protect key species like sea otters, sharks and tuna—and address global threats to fisheries and human coastal communities, including overfishing, plastic pollution and climate change.

Previously, I held a position at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)'s Climate Program Office as a John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellow. Prior to that I graduated from Columbia University's Conservation Biology MA program, where I conducted several applied research projects contributing to the management of coral reefs in Fiji and the Dominican Republic, and to conservation efforts in the tropical forests of Latin America and Indonesia. I'm also passionate about communicating science to the public, and enjoy producing videos, writing articles and blog posts, and volunteering in museums and aquariums to promote the awesomeness that is marine science.

The cure for anything is salt water - sweat, tears, or the sea
— Isak Dineson