Specialties: Coastal and Nearshore Environment, Cumulative Impacts, Ecosystem Health, Estuaries, Fisheries
Rebecca Martone is the Center's former assistant director for science and research . She worked to integrate natural and social science with policy and management to inform solutions necessary for healthy and resilient coastal and marine ecosystems. Rebecca has extensive experience managing large-scale, interdisciplinary teams working on real-world problems. Her research focuses on human-caused changes to marine ecosystems and consequences for ecosystem services on which people depend. She is also the U.S. representative to the North Pacific Marine Science Organization (PICES) working group on 'Development of Ecosystem Indicators to Characterize Ecosystem Responses to Multiple Stressors.'
Prior to her position at the Center, Rebecca examined the productivity and diversity of kelp forest ecosystems in response to trophic cascades and the consequences for human communities as a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability at the University of British Columbia. In addition, she worked with Fisheries and Oceans Canada as the science coordinator for the Pacific North Coast Integrated Management Area (PNCIMA) planning process to develop a framework for examining cumulative effects from human activities to ecosystems in coastal British Columbia.
Rebecca received a Ph.D. from Stanford University in biological sciences where she integrated social and ecological research to inform sustainability of small-scale fisheries. She also holds a master’s degree from Duke University in marine environmental management and a bachelor’s from Northwestern University in environmental sciences.