MBNMS Resource Protection Staff
Resource Protection Coordinator
Karen has been with MBNMS since 1999, and is responsible for the Resource Protection activities within the agency through leading a small team of six. Prior, she served as Deputy Superintendent from 2007 to 2012 and has worked at the Sanctuary in a variety of positions including Sanctuary Advisory Council Coordinator and MERITO program coordinator. She has over twenty two years of experience in marine resource management, and oversees the site's marine policy activities including fisheries related actions (i.e., essential fish habitat (EFH)), vessel traffic compliance, lost fishing gear removal, and acoustic impacts, as well as some permitting actions (i.e., desalination). Most recently, Karen led a team to establish Sanctuary Ecologically Significant Areas within the Sanctuary, and worked with fishermen and conservation groups to collaboratively propose boundary modifications for the trawl fishery.
Karen grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and served as the Director of Education for the nonprofit Marine Science Institute in Redwood City, CA. Prior to MSI, Karen worked as an aquarist at Steinhart Aquarium in San Francisco, CA. Karen received her Bachelor of Science in Biology from San Francisco State University and her Master of Science in Education from California State University, Hayward.
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 Bachelor of Arts in Natural Sciences from New College and a Master of Science 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 Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of California, Santa Cruz. 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 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 serves as staff coordinator for emergency response issues, such as vessel groundings and spills, and is a certified NOAA Divemaster, small boat operator, and aircrew member.
Mr. Kathey holds a Master of Marine Affairs 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.
Government and Community Relations Coordinator
and Permit Coordinator
Deirdre has nearly two decades of marine policy expertise and is currently serving as both the Government and Community Relations Coordinator and the Permit Coordinator. Her role at MBNMS is two-fold in that she 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 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. In addition, Deirdre is responsible for evaluating and analyzing a suite of potential environmental impacts associated with coastal development projects along the Central Coast, such as: coastal armoring, acoustics, dredge disposal, wastewater treatment facilities, fireworks, desalination, commercial uses, landslides & highway repair, and low-overflights. This unique pairing of ocean diplomacy and marine policy aptitude supports her role with NOAA’s Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, and is the culmination of a life-long passion for ocean health and resource protection.
Deirdre earned a Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology from Fairleigh Dickinson University, supplementing her curriculum with field studies through Northeastern University, University of Hawaii, and 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.
Agriculture Water Quality Coordinator
Pam coordinates research, education and implementation efforts between the Sanctuary and partner organizations toward the goal of reducing pollution entering the Monterey Bay from agricultural runoff. Our efforts are directed toward helping growers conserve irrigation water used on crops and reduce the amount of agricultural pollutants (e.g. nutrients, pesticides and pathogens) that enter local streams and rivers that eventually empty into the ocean. She coordinates the Agricultural Water Quality Alliance (AWQA), a partnership effort between industry groups, resource conservation agencies, researchers and environmental organizations, with the aim of sustaining the beauty, viability, and productivity of our local farmlands while improving the water quality needed to restore and preserve the integrity of marine and stream ecosystems.
Pam earned her Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Stanford University and then worked in the chemical and paper industries before becoming an organization effectiveness consultant. She received her Master of Science in Coastal and Watershed Science and Policy from California State University, Monterey Bay where she worked on several projects related to agricultural sustainability, food safety, greenhouse gas production on lettuce fields, and the use of satellite technology in forecasting evapotranspiration. Her thesis topic related to the removal of soluble pesticides from water through wetland processes.