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Media Tip Sheet of Experts

November 30, 2015

The Center for Ocean Solutions (COS) is a partnership of Stanford University (through the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment and Hopkins Marine Station), the Monterey Bay Aquarium, and the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute.  Below is a list of COS experts (by organization) that are available to speak with the media about climate impacts on the oceans as part of coverage on the UN climate change talks in Paris (COP21).  Here is a link to a short video of our experts explaining why ocean considerations need to be a part of the discussion on climate change.
NOTE: Please click on names for more information.  For assistance locating these experts, contact Kristi Boosman at or 650.850.1136.
Larry Crowder
Crowder is the science director of the Center for Ocean Solutions, a professor of biology at Hopkins Marine Station and a senior fellow at the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment. His recent research has focused on conservation through ocean management. He is an expert in the how changes to a species population, like those that may come from climate change, can ripple through a food web and have unprecedented consequences.
Contact:, (831)-333-2099
Expertise: Research centers on predation and food web interactions, mechanisms underlying recruitment variation in fishes, population and food web modeling in conservation biology, and interdisciplinary approaches to marine conservation.
Lindley Mease
Mease is a senior research analyst at the Center for Ocean Solutions. Her work includes investigating policy and management strategies for addressing climate-induced ocean acidification in U.S. waters, improving stakeholder engagement in natural resource decision-making, and using human-centered methods to create solutions for complex climate change challenges.
Contact:, (206)-919-8409
Expertise: Work and research focuses on how to take meaningful actions to prepare society for climate change and other environmental crises.
Eric Hartge
Hartge is the research development manager for the Center for Ocean Solutions. He works with coastal planners and managers to identify climate change adaptation strategies that preserve the benefits of ecosystems and how to include these strategies into land use planning decisions. He manages a collaborative project with the Natural Capital Project and Stanford Law School to bridge the gap between land use planning and the best available science on how ecosystem habitats protect coastal communities against the impacts of climate change.
Expertise: His work focuses on successful coastal adaptation to climate change that incorporates and preserves the benefits of natural habitats.
Steve Palumbi
Palumbi is the director of Hopkins Marine Station, a senior fellow at the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment, and a Harold A. Miller professor of marine sciences. His current conservation work centers on how coral reefs adapt and respond to ocean acidification caused by climate change. He uses genetics to assess the populations of organisms within marine reserves designed for conservation and fisheries enhancement and to track how climate change is influencing populations of marine organisms.
Expertise: His research includes the genetics, evolution, conservation, population biology and systematics of many marine organisms. He applies a molecular genetics approach to conservation, evolution and population biology.
Letise LaFeir
LaFeir is the California Ocean Policy Manager for the Monterey Bay Aquarium and earned her PhD in Marine Biology from the University of Delaware—College of Marine Studies. She has successfully integrated her scientific training with her policy and outreach expertise to address a breadth of marine-related issues, such as national ocean policy, fisheries policy and sustainable seafood, climate change, marine spatial planning, ocean education and ocean/science funding., (831) 644-1069
Expertise: Lefeir’s expertise lies in national ocean policy, fisheries policy and sustainable seafood, climate change, marine spatial planning, ocean education and ocean/science funding.
Sarah-Mae Nelson
Nelson is Conservation Interpreter for the Monterey Bay Aquarium and Online Community Manager for Collaborating with the National Association for Interpretation, National Network for Ocean and Climate Change Interpretation, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and others, Nelson creates specialized training materials focusing on climate literacy and interpretation. In 2015, Nelson was recognized by the White House as a Champion of Change for Climate Education and Literacy.
Contact:,    (831)-644-7513
Expertise: Nelson is an expert in educating the public on climate change challenges and solutions and also an expert in training those who strive to become climate change educators.
Jim Barry
Barry is a senior scientist at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute and a member of the science advisory council for the Center for Ocean Solutions. His current research investigates how climate change affects marine organisms, especially those in the deep sea facing climate-related hypoxia. He uses ROVs and many other marine technologies for his research. He has also studied the impacts of climate change on marine ecosystems in the Antarctic.
Contact:, (831)-775-1726
Expertise: Research includes the effects of climate change (including ocean acidification and hypoxia) on marine organisms in both the shallows and the deep sea. Has also studied Antarctic ecosystems. Research uses ROVs and other marine technologies.
Rob Dunbar
Dunbar is a senior fellow at the Woods Institute for the Environment, the W.M. Keck professor of earth science at Stanford University, a professor of environmental earth system science, a J. Frederick and Elisabeth B. Weintz University fellow in undergraduate education, the director of the Stanford University Stable Isotope Lab and a senior fellow of the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies. He is collaborating with colleagues in Civil and Environmental Engineering at Stanford to develop better technologies for monitoring the impact of higher CO2 levels in coastal ecosystems. Dunbar studies the climate from the period starting 12,000 ago to present. His current research focuses on how climate change influences the Antarctic marine ecosystem. He is also seeking to understand the futures of invertebrates struggling to build shells in an increasingly acidic ocean.
Contact:, (650)-725-6830
Expertise: Research studies climate change through the lenses of oceanography, biogeochemistry and marine ecology. Uses deep sea submersibles in his research and is collaborating to develop new technologies to study the ocean. 

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