Project Team

San Francisco Bay Area

In addition to the Core Team, the following people were involved in the original development of the OCOF tool, which was focused on the San Francisco Bay and outer coast area (Half Moon Bay to Bodega Head):

Kelley Johnson, OCOF Project Coordinator

Kelley Johnson (formerly Higgason) was the OCOF Project Coordinator for the San Francisco Bay Area during her 10-year tenure at NOAA’s Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary. In this role, Kelley coordinated the public-private partnership, including schedules/deliverables, outreach, stakeholder engagement and feedback, and development and implementation of the technical assistance program. As the sanctuary’s Ocean Climate Program Coordinator, her work involved addressing climate change impacts to marine ecosystems through regional partnerships, outreach, and adaptive management. Kelley currently works as an independent consultant with an emphasis in science and grant writing, workshop planning and facilitation, collaborative project coordination, stakeholder engagement, and community outreach to support natural resource management and climate-smart conservation. She holds a BS in Marine Biology from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and an MS in Environmental Management from the University of San Francisco.

Marina Psaros, OCOF Collaboration Lead

Marina Psaros is the founder and Principal at Coravai LLC, a communications and technology consulting firm specializing in environmental issues. Psaros has over 15 years experience in product and business development; science and technology communications; market research; and program management. She holds a masters degree in environmental policy and planning from MIT and has worked in the public, private, and non-profit sectors in the U.S. and in Germany.

Sara Hutto, OCOF Project Support

Sara Hutto is the Ocean Climate Program Coordinator for Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary, where she is developing a climate action plan for Sanctuary management and working with local municipalities to incorporate natural resources into local climate planning. Sara also leads adaptation efforts nationally and internationally for various marine protected areas, and is a team member of the U.S. Resilient Lands and Waters Initiative (RLW), the California King Tides Project, the San Francisco Bay Area Sentinel Site Cooperative, and the Bay Area Ecosystems Climate Change Consortium. Sara has provided project support for OCOF since 2012, and is currently engaging with the OCOF team to identify priority areas within the North-central California coastal region for adaptation efforts through the RLW.

Grant Ballard, OCOF Co-PI, Tool Development

Dr. Grant Ballard is Chief Science Officer at Point Blue Conservation Science. He works in both ecology and bioinformatics and currently leads several projects investigating, communicating, and mitigating the effects of large-scale environmental change on ecosystems in western North America and the Southern Ocean.

Nathan Elliott, OCOF GIS Support

Nathan Elliott is a Spatial Data Analyst with Point Blue Conservation Science. Nathan first came to Point Blue in 2010 as a bird bander at the Palomarin Field Station. He has previously done field work studying migrating raptors in the Marin Headlands, Common Terns nesting off the coast of Maine, and vegetation structure in Canada. Nathan is from the Twin Cities area in Minnesota and received a B.A. in Environmental Studies, Government and Physics from Bowdoin College in Maine.

Megan Elrod, OCOF Collaboration Support

Megan Elrod is a San Francisco Bay Program Biologist with Point Blue Conservation Science. She conducts surveys on the state-endangered California Clapper Rail in the tidal marshes of San Francisco and San Pablo Bays. Besides work at Point Blue, Megan has spent quality time in the field conducting research on Phylloscopus warblers in Siberia, Purple-crowned Fairy-wrens in Western Australia, and Rusty Blackbirds in Alaska. Megan received her B.S. in Biology from Milligan College in East Tennessee.

Dennis Jongsomjit, OCOF GIS Support

Dennis Jongsomjit is the GIS Specialist with Point Blue Conservation Science. Dennis escaped from the jungles of Los Angeles to earn his BS in Wildlife Conservation Biology from the University of California, Davis. He came to Point Blue in 2001 as an intern nest searcher at the Palomarin field station. At Palomarin he worked on the creation of a guide to aging altricial nestlings to help better our understanding of factors affecting nest success. He is now a GIS specialist and biologist, focusing his efforts on landscape and climate change factors affecting bird distributions.

Sherie Michaile, OCOF Tool Development

Dr. Sherie Michaile was an Informatics Engineer with Point Blue Conservation Science. Sherie came to Point Blue in 2010 to embark on a new career in web development and programming after sojourns into the worlds of pharmaceutical development and chemistry education. Sherie holds a BS in Mathematics and a PhD in Chemistry.

Peter Ruggiero, CoSMoS Coastal Hazards Consultant

Dr. Peter Ruggiero is Associate Professor in the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences at Oregon State University. His research focuses on coastal geomorphology, coastal hazards, and nearshore processes. He holds a BS in Civil Engineering from Lehigh University, and an MS and PhD in Civil Engineering from Oregon State University.

Julian Wood, OCOF Collaboration

Julian Wood is the San Francisco Bay Program Leader with Point Blue Conservation Science, where he has worked since 1996. Julian works to promote conservation actions that address climate change and land-use change in ways that benefit human and wetland bird communities throughout the Bay Area. He develops and leads projects focused on understanding bird response to wetland restoration and promoting conservation actions that result in healthy wetland ecosystems within the context of a rapidly changing environment.

Updated: July 26, 2016