Karen F. Grimmer
Sophie De Beukelaer
As a Geographical Information Systems (GIS) Analyst, Sophie compiles, creates and analyzes GIS data layers and related tools to augment efforts of the MBNMS staff. Since joining the sanctuary in September 2005, she has focused her GIS support on water quality issues, shoreline sensitivity issues, and evaluating the potential for marine protected areas within the sanctuary. Sophie is also developing biological, oceanographic, geologic and thematic layers in order to help inform future management decisions for the sanctuary and contribute to improved characterizations of the region.
Sophie holds a B.A. in Natural Sciences from New College and a M.S. in Oceanography from Texas A&M University. She focused her graduate research on the deep sea ecology of the Gulf of Mexico and combined a variety of remote sensing efforts, including submersibles and side-scan sonar, to identify the locations of chemosynthetic communities on the northern continental slope. Sophie recently completed a 2 year NOAA Coastal Management Fellowship with the Shoreline Management Program at the Washington State Department of Ecology to hone her GIS skills and learn more about coastal policy.
Volunteer Monitoring Coordinator
As the Volunteer Monitoring Coordinator Lisa Emanuelson tackles such wide-ranging topics as: water quality monitoring and reporting, watershed education, and wildlife disturbance. Lisa trains and coordinates the Team OCEAN Kayaker Naturalist program, and Bay Net Shoreline Naturalist Program. Lisa also provides direction and coordination to the Sanctuary Citizen Watershed Monitoring Network through training, data management, and data quality control assistance, and several Sanctuary-wide monitoring programs each year, including Snapshot Day, Urban Watch, and First Flush.
Locally educated, Lisa Emanuelson grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and received her bachelors in Biology from UCSC. She brings 20 years of educational and programmatic experience to the water quality program, through teaching with the Ocean Discovery Center and the Catalina Island Marine Institute as well a seven years of experience working on the MBNMS Education Team.
Water Quality Protection Program Director
In March 2007 Bridget Hoover joined the Resource Protection Team as Director of the Water Quality Protection Program. In this capacity she is responsible for implementation of the six WQPP Action Plans related to monitoring, urban runoff, agriculture, beach closures, marinas, and wetlands. Prior to this position, Bridget was employed by the Monterey Bay Sanctuary Foundation from January 1999 thru March 2007 as Coordinator of the Monterey Bay Sanctuary Citizen Watershed Monitoring Network where she provided water quality expertise to a wide range of school programs, watershed groups and government agencies. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Earth Systems Science and Policy and extensive experience in water quality monitoring. Prior to her position with the Sanctuary, Bridget spent four years working for the Department of Ecology in Bellevue, WA as an Environmental Planner/Spill Response and seven years in the United States Coast Guard.
Regulatory/Emergency Response Coordinator
Mr. Kathey interprets and develops regulations and amendments; investigates Sanctuary regulatory violations, coastal incidents, and citizen complaints; and coordinates enforcement activities between Federal, State, and local law enforcement agencies to protect Sanctuary resources. He also manages Sanctuary boat operations, is a NOAA Working Diver, and serves as the staff lead on emergency response issues including vessel groundings and spills.
Mr. Kathey holds a Master of Marine Affairs degree in Coastal Management from the University of Washington and has worked for the National Marine Sanctuary Program since 1992. He worked for the Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary and Proposed Northwest Straits National Marine Sanctuary Programs in Washington State prior to assuming his current position in Monterey. Mr. Kathey has gained additional experience in marine protection and management through work with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium, the City of Bainbridge Island Shoreline Planning Department, and the School of Marine Affairs, University of Washington.
Agriculture Water Quality Coordinator
Lisa Lurie is the Agriculture Water Quality Coordinator at the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. She coordinates and tracks implementation of the Sanctuary's Agriculture and Rural Lands Plan. The plan is a collaborative effort with agencies and the agricultural community to reduce polluted runoff through voluntary strategies. This involves working with a variety of partners on outreach, technical training, monitoring, and management practices addressing over 3000 square miles of agricultural and rural lands which drain into the Sanctuary.
Lisa has a Master's degree in Environmental Management from Duke University with an emphasis on community-based watershed management. She also holds B.S. and B.A. degrees in Biology and Environmental Studies from the University of Washington. Prior to joining the Sanctuary in 2007, Lisa assessed conservation practice implementation on agricultural lands in coastal North Carolina for the non-profit Environmental Defense. Lisa's experience also includes work with an Ecuadorian conservation commission on projects related to protected areas management, sustainable agriculture, community forestry, and environmental education.
Government and Community Relations Coordinator
Deirdre has been a member of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary team since May of 2000. She is currently the Government and Community Relations Coordinator and serves to create, broaden, and strengthen mutually beneficial working relationships between MBNMS and its government, business, and community partners. By positively promoting MBNMS and its mission statement, Deirdre also strives to raise awareness of ocean health, garner support for sanctuary programs, and instill sanctuary stewardship among multi-faceted user groups, community stakeholders, and the public at large.
Deirdre's relationship with the ocean began as a child studying sand crabs and was heightened when, as a teenager, she observed the degradation of her hometown beaches. Aiming to make a difference, she earned a degree in marine biology from Fairleigh Dickinson University, supplementing her curriculum with field studies through Northeastern University, the University of Hawaii, and the University of California Santa Cruz.
Subsequent fieldwork at various local, state, and federal agencies included studies of rockfish maturity, commercial catch analyses, evaluation of human use patterns in marine reserve tide pools, education of school children on the dynamics, habitat, and biota of San Francisco Bay, and extensive sea-time aboard research and whale watch vessels. Deirdre also holds a United States Coast Guard Captain's license.
Deirdre's role with NOAA and the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary is the culmination of a life-long passion for ocean health, marine mammals, and resource protection.