National marine sanctuary offices and visitor centers closed to the public; waters remain open

NOAA's national marine sanctuary offices and visitor centers are currently closed to the public, and in accordance with Executive Order 13991 - Protecting the Federal Workforce and Requiring Mask Wearing, all individuals in NOAA-managed areas are required to follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance on mask-wearing and maintaining social distances. Sanctuary waters remain open for responsible use in accordance with CDC guidance, U.S. Coast Guard requirements, and local regulations. More information on the response from NOAA's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries can be found on

Jennifer Brown, Ph.D.

Jennifer Brown

Analytical Consultant

Jennifer Brown began helping Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary in 2015 as a contracted Project Scientist to develop a process for selecting key monitoring indicators and applying them to condition assessments of sanctuary resources. She is helping develop and coordinate ecosystem assessments at both local and regional levels working with partners including the California Current Integrated Ecosystem Assessment and Marine Biodiversity Observation Network. These ecosystem models and condition reports support the sanctuarys needs for integrated monitoring and ocean observing information as well as regional data summaries. Jennifer first began working with the National Marine Sanctuaries in 2000 as a graduate student intern resulting in a Marine Sanctuary Conservation Series report summarizing marine zoning in Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary (MBNMS). She became a contractor for MBNMS in 2004 on a project characterizing special status species in the sanctuary. She has since worked for MBNMS as an Ecosystem Scientist for the Sanctuary Integrated Monitoring Network (SIMoN) on projects including the Marine Protected Area Action Plan, Sanctuary Ecologically Significant Areas, and Condition Reports. Jennifer obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Science from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1996 and a Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from the University of California, Santa Cruz in 2003 after completing a dissertation titled An Evaluation of the Nursery Role of Estuaries for Flatfish Populations in Central California.

Contact Information

Phone: 415-310-6764


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