Meet the Research Department

 

Chris Caldow

chris caldow

Research Coordinator

Chris Caldow has been with NOAA since 2000 when he became a Knauss Marine Policy Fellow with the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science's (NCCOS) Biogeography Branch at NOAA Headquarters, a unit specializing in mapping the distributions of marine plants and animals to aid decision makers faced with spatially explicit management decisions. In 2005, Chris led the Branch's efforts to produce a report entitled "A biogeographic assessment of the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary and surrounding areas: a review of boundary expansion alternatives for NOAA's National Marine Sanctuary Program." Chris subsequently became Chief of the Biogeography Branch, where he remained until coming west in July 2014 and taking on the role of Research Coordinator at Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary. Chris obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Aquatic Biology from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1996 and a Master of Science degree in Biology from the University of Houston in 2000 where he focused on understanding early life history of reef fish, marine protected area science, and climate change.

Contact Information

Phone: 805-966-7107
Fax: 805-568-1582
email: Chris.Caldow@noaa.gov

 

 

Ryan Freedman

Ryan Freedman

Research Operations Specialist

Ryan Freedman joined the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary's science team in March 2014 as a California Sea Grant Fellow on a one-year appointment. His research background covers a wide range of topics; in particular he is interested in addressing coastal management concerns using a variety of different spatial and quantitative techniques. He holds a BS from the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science at the University of Miami where he double majored in Biology and Marine Science with minors in Chemistry and Geography. During his undergraduate career, he worked with various faculty members on several projects including mapping coral community decline, creating 3D maps of stromatolites, and modeling Manta Ray behavior off the mid-Atlantic coast. He had the opportunity to analyze spatial datasets for the Deepwater Horizon Oil spill while at NOAA's Southeast Fisheries Science Center. He also spent time with the Oceans Research group in South Africa, where he assisted in the tracking and data analysis of White Shark movements as an intern. In 2011, he joined the California State University, Long Beach Shark Lab, where his Master's degree work focused on analyzing movements of juvenile predatory fishes to assess the landscape connectivity, habitat use and effectiveness of restored estuaries. In 2013, he participated in the NOAA RTR resource dynamics workshop and helped apply new population modeling techniques to the Gulf Sturgeon population and surveyed regional stakeholder interests. He is enthusiastic about working alongside resource managers and scientists to address the needs of the sanctuary.

Contact Information

Phone: 805-893-6434
email: Ryan.M.Freedman@noaa.gov

 

 

Julie Bursek

julie bursek

Team Lead, Education and Outreach

Julie Bursek is Team Lead for Education and Outreach for Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary. She also served as Acting Research Coordinator from January through June of 2014. Her continuing role with the Research Department involves working to bridge together research and education programs at the sanctuary. She develops education programs, exhibits, products, and partnerships that increase awareness about the sanctuary's cultural, maritime heritage, and living resources. She's spent over 24 years conducting scientific investigations of the offshore, shallow subtidal and intertidal systems of the southern California Bight including the Channel Islands. Her professional experience includes the development and implementation of floating laboratory educational and research programs and the coordination of community based volunteer programs and partnerships with community businesses, science educators and research institutions to promote environmental awareness and stewardship in the classroom, at community festivals and events. Julie holds a bachelor's degree in Aquatic Biology from University of California at Santa Barbara and a Master's degree in Biology from California State University Fullerton.

Contact Information

Phone: 805-893-6422
Fax: 805-568-1582
email: Julie.Bursek@noaa.gov

 

 

Jackie Buhl

Jackie Buhl

Technical Science Writer & Researcher

Jackie Buhl rejoined the CINMS team in 2014 as a Technical Science Writer & Researcher. She is working on getting the Channel Islands active on the Sanctuary Integrated Monitoring Network in addition to assisting with preliminary work on the next Condition Report. Prior to returning to Channel Islands (where she previously worked as a Research Specialist), Jackie traveled, worked, volunteered and studied her way around the world for nearly 10 years. This included working on a variety of projects studying various species of primates in Nigeria, Kenya, and Puerto Rico; teaching Marine Biology, Scuba Diving and sailing to high school and college students in the Caribbean; designing a summer marine program in coastal Kenya; teaching English in the Peruvian jungle; and teaching SCUBA diving in Puerto Rico. She graduated with BSc in Zoology from UC Santa Barbara and an MSc in Primate Behavior from Roehampton University in England.

Contact Information

Phone: 805-893-6435
email: Jackie.Buhl@noaa.gov

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