Alumni News


KATE HANSON (PH.D 2011) in addition to her work in designing curriculum, Kate was recently appointed Oceanographer and Science Writer at IXL Learning in North Carolina.
ASHLEIGH PALINKAS (MAS-MBC 2014) works full-time at SIO as Scientific Diving Technician & Assistant Aquarist.  She was recently named as one of the 35 “Women in Science You Should be Following on Social Media”:
CATHERINE COURTIER (MAS-MBC 2016) is now a California Sea Grant State Fellow with the Delta Stewardship Council in Sacramento, working on science, policy and resource management issues.
STEPHANIE NEHASIL (MAS-MBC 2010) have received an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship award, was admitted as a PhD student in the UCSD Department of Biology.  She will wobe working with the Kurle lab and NOAA SWFSC on how environmental variability drives predator-prey dynamics in the California Current Ecosystem.
ERENDIRA ACEVES (MAS-MBC 2009) has completed her Ph.D. at Bren ScHool working on the ecological and social impacts of Gulf of California Pelagic Fisheries
PALOMA AGUIRE (MAS-MBC 2015) after serving her John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship at the Office of US Senator Cory Booker, she is continuing her awesome ocean career at the Pew Charitable Trusts working as their Federal Fisheries Policy Analyst
ELIZABETH TERK (MAS-MBC 2010) promoted to Director of Conservation, Planning and Science at the Nature Conservancy – Micronesia where she has served since 2013.

DOMINIQUE CANO-STOCCO (MAS-MBC 2011) will begin 2017 at San Francisco State University’s executive director for government & community relations.

CHRIS NEIGHBORS ( MAS-MBC 2014) has a new position at Lyons & Associates Creative Services Inc.  in San Diego.  He continues to produce ocean films.

CHASE MARTIN (MAS-MBC 2015) has a new position at FishWise in Santa Cruz, CA as Communication Project Manager

rebecca-asch-photo-for-aos-website REBECCA ASCH (Ph.D 0212) will begin her new faculty position at East Carolina University in January 2017
allison-prange ALLISON PRANGE (MAS-MBC 2014) will begin her new job in January 2017 as a scientist with MARUM at the University of Breman.
Kate Masury KATHERINE MASURY (MAS-MBC 2015) is now Program Manager at Eating with the Ecosystem in Rhode Island.
100116_feature_melissa-omand_main MELISSA OMAND (PH.D. 2011) was named one of the 10 scientists to watch by Science News

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