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Will McClintock


Will McClintockWill McClintock, Ph.D., is a researcher at the University of California Santa Barbara, Marine Science Institute, and a member of the Center for Marine Assessment and Planning.  Dr. McClintock received his B.A. in Biology from Earlham College, M.S. in Behavioral Ecology from the University of Cincinnati, M.A. in Counseling Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute, and Ph.D. in Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology from the University of California Santa Barbara.

Chad Burt

Lead Developer

Chad BurtAs Lead Developer, Chad Burt is responsible for the design and development of web applications created by the McClintock Lab. Chad led the development of the MarineMap decision support tool, and has created innovative data visualization applications for the National Park Service, PISCO, and Santa Barbara Coastal LTER. He also contributed content for the launch of Ocean in Google Earth. Chad received a B.A. in Biology from the University of California Santa Barbara College of Creative Studies program, and spent time as a research diver before joining the McClintock Lab.

Todd Bryan

Senior DeveloperTodd

Todd Bryan works on the design and implementation of SeaSketch.  He has extensive experience in commercial software development, having served as tech lead for GoToMeeting and GoToWebinar at Citrix Online.  He was also one of the initial employees at the cloud computing firm RightScale.

Dan Yocum

Spatial Analyst

As the spatial analyst for SeaSketch, Dan Yocum is responsible for translating the analytical needs of clients to the geoprocessing reports produced within SeaSketch. He also serves as the liason between the Sustainable Fisheries Group and SeaSketch, helping to integrate the data and models produced within each organization. Dan has a background that spans academic and professional work in software engineering and earth and environmental sciences. After receiving a Master's degree from Carnegie Mellon University in Human-Computer Interaction, Dan spent a decade as a software engineer at a variety of start-ups, creating intuitive and easy to use software. He recently received a Masters of Environmental Science and Management from the Bren School at UCSB.

Grace Goldberg

Project Manager

Grace Goldberg coordinates lab activities, and serves as an interface between the lab and collaborators.  She is trained as a scientist, interested in research questions that include human users in marine ecosystems, with relevance to spatial management and real conservation goals.  Grace received her M.S. in Marine Systems and Conservation from Stanford University, completing a thesis on sea turtle spatial dynamics to inform sustainable development.  She spent time at Hopkins Marine Station as a scientific diver, and in the Earth Systems Program, which focuses on interdisciplinary environmental problem solving, systems thinking, and communication.


Ben Halpern

Ben HalpernBen Halpern is Director of CMAP and a Research Biologist at the Marine Science Institute. He also serves as Project Coordinator for a large project on Ecosystem-Based Management (EBM) of coastal marine systems, based at the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis, and is a lead scientist for the Ocean Health Index project. Much of his research addresses issues related to Coastal and Marine Spatial Planning (CMSP), including cumulative impact and ecosystem service tradeoff assessments.


Louisa Wood

Louisa WoodLouisa Wood is the Head of the Marine Assessment and Decision Support Programme at the United Nations Environmental Programme - World Conservation Monitoring Center. The UNEP-WCMC is a collaboration between the united Nations Environmental Programme, the world's foremost intergovernmental environmental organization, and WCMC(UK), a UK-based charity. UNEP-WCMC is UNEP's specialist biodiversity assessment arm, and the Center for UNEP's collaboration with WCMC.

The MADS Programme at WCMC has a primary focus on building collaborative partnerships and innovative technologies to transform the rate of improvement of coastal ecosystem data for more effective decision making.


Eric Poncelet

Eric is a Senior Director and Senior Mediator with Kearns & West (K&W) in San Francisco and heads up K&W’s marine practice. He has over 15 years experience designing, facilitating, and analyzing collaborative stakeholder processes in the natural resource management domain. Recent projects include working with the California Marine Life Protection Act Initiative to designate marine protected areas (MPAs) off the California coast and the California Marine Protected Area Monitoring Enterprise to develop associated MPA monitoring plans. He has also supported numerous initiatives by the California Ocean Protection Council (OPC), NOAA, and the West Coast Governors’ Agreement on Ocean Health, including revision of the OPC’s strategic plan, conducting a geospatial information management system needs assessment, supporting implementation of California’s sustainable seafood initiative, and designing and facilitating various public and technical workshops to support coastal and marine spatial planning and resource conservation efforts. Eric holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and a Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology, and is a roster member of the U.S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution. Publications include the book Partnering for the Environment: Multistakeholder Collaboration in a Changing World (2004).

Kearns & West:

Dawn Wright

Dawn WoodAs Professor at Oregon State University, College of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences, Dawn Wright runs the Davey Jones Locker Lab. As Chief Scientist at Esri and a notable authority in geographic information science, Wright has for the past 16 years teamed with scientists worldwide who use GIS to map and analyze terrains, ecosystems, and habitat. She combines her expertise as a geographer and GIS user to map the seafloor; design geospatial solutions for coastal mapping and charting; and advise organizations on oceanography and fisheries, including her current service on the National Academy of Sciences Ocean Studies Board. She has worked with the GIS community to develop data models and create solutions for analyzing the ocean.

Patrick Halpin


Pat HalpinPatrick Halpin is the Gabel Associate Professor of the Practice of Marine Geospatial Ecology andDirector of the Geospatial Analysis Program at the Nicholas School of the Environment and Earth Science, Duke University. Prof. Halpin’s research focuses on marine geospatial analysis, ecological applications of geographic information systems and remote sensing; marine conservation and ecosystem-based management.

Marine Geospatial Ecology Lab:

Matt Merrifield

Matt Merrifield

Matt Merrifield is the Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Manager for The Nature Conservancy in California. He has lead the development of eCatch, an electronic logbook and monitoring system used by fishermen in California. Merrifield was also a principal investigator in the MarineMap Consortium, pioneering the development of the MarineMap Decision Support Tool.

Scott McCreary

Scott McCrearyDr. Scott McCreary has 30 years of experience as environmental planner and 23 years of experience as a facilitator and mediator of collaborative processes—many involving ocean resources. He holds a Master’s Degree in Environmental Planning from UC Berkeley, and a BA in Biology and Environmental Studies from UC Santa Cruz; he earned his doctorate at MIT’s Department of Urban and Studies and Planning.

His wide–ranging work in coastal and marine resources management has spanned marine protected area planning, evaluating oil and gas development, risk reduction in port air pollution, bycatch reduction, negotiation training, strategic planning, capacity building, rebuilding sustainable stocks of highly migratory species, design of catch share programs, and program evaluation.

Dr. McCreary leads and teams on joint fact-finding processes to mobilize scientific information to resolve complex resource problems. In the US, his work on marine resources has spanned the full Eastern seaboard, the West Coast, the Gulf Coast, and Hawaii. His international work has spanned 20 nations on all continents except Antarctica. He served as lead facilitator for three Regional Stakeholder Groups convened under California’s Marine Life Protection Act Initiative, and is facilitating five Take Reduction Teams--regulatory negotiations among commercial fishing industry, conservationists, fishery agencies and scientists aimed at reducing bycatch of marine mammals.

Concur, Inc.:

Crow White, Ph.D.

Crow WhiteCrow White is a Postdoctoral researcher. His research focus is on theoretical and applied, temporally- and spatially-explicit bio-economic modeling of alternative renewable natural resource management strategies, and empirical evaluation of the ecological implications of these strategies. In his work at UCSB he is designing and testing ecosystem-based and resource rights-based solutions to conservation and market failures in fishery management. Additionally, he works on decision-theoretic and portfolio theory analysis of tradeoffs among interacting ecosystem services, and develops and applies marine spatial planning for mediating user group conflicts.

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