Ashley is an Environmental Studies PhD student with a designated emphasis in Coastal Science & Policy. Her research focuses on the role of seafood in building a resilient food system. Specifically, she looks at resilience to seafood supply chain disruptions (e.g. COVID-19), circular economies, and consumption trends. Outside of her research, she is also the co-founder and CEO of Verdant Seas, a startup focused on designing and implementing fish-free aquaculture feeds. Prior to coming to UC Santa Cruz, Ashley worked on adaptation and resilience strategies at the World Bank, conducted product-level supply chain emissions analysis with CoClear and CDP, and helped plan the Global Climate Action Summit with the Office of the Governor of California. Ashley holds an M.A. in Climate & Society from Columbia University and a B.S. in Biology from the University of St. Andrews, Scotland.
Tom Collinson is a Masters candidate in the Coastal Science and Policy programme. For his capstone project, Tom is working to co-develop a national management plan for sea cucumber fisheries with coastal communities in Liberia. He is also exploring how government fisheries policy compliments or conflicts with traditional governance institutions. Previously, Tom worked with the conservation NGO Blue Ventures and set up the marine science outreach enterprise “Tom’s Rockpool Safaris”. He is a 2020 Blum Scholar.
Melissa Cronin is a Ph.D. candidate in the Conservation Action Lab at UC Santa Cruz studying Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. Her research focuses on mapping and mitigating marine fisheries bycatch, mainly looking at manta and devil ray bycatch in high seas tuna fisheries. She uses an interdisciplinary approach including genomics, spatial mapping, and policy analysis to study this problem and to develop feasible solutions. Previously, she was an environmental journalist covering climate, politics, and wildlife crime. She is a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow, a National Geographic Explorer, and a Switzer Environmental Fellow. http://melcronin.com/
Indiana, or Indy, Reid-Shaw grew up along the Eno River in North Carolina, helping identify macroinvertebrates to assess water quality for a local non-profit. She became interested in social justice issues through campus engagement at Swarthmore College. There, she developed a special major in Environmental Anthropology, and minor in Biology, to better understand the complex interactions between humans and their environments. For her thesis, Indy carried out a study assessing resilience strategies undertaken by Mongolia’s livestock herders facing uncertainty with climate change and other social and environmental stressors. After college, Indy worked on carbon mitigation initiatives at non-profits in Boston and Santa Cruz. During her Ph.D., Indy hopes to incorporate ecological monitoring with qualitative surveys in communities disproportionately impacted by climate change.
Amanda is a marine social scientist who bridges the gap between science and society. After completing her Bachelor’s degree at Tulane University in English and marine biology, Amanda taught marine science at The Newfound Harbor Marine Institute in the Florida Keys. She went on to receive a Master of Science in Marine Ecosystems and Society at the University of Miami and she honed her skills while working as a fisheries anthropologist at NOAA’s Southeast Fisheries Science Center. Her research is focused on coastal resilience and the human dimensions of marine ecosystems. http://amandadstoltz.weebly.com/