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

Lizzie Duncan

Sarah Amiri

Research Ecologist

Elizabeth (Lizzie) Duncan joined the CINMS research team as a 2017/18 California Sea Grant State Fellow. During the course of her fellowship, Lizzie explored how to quantify the various human uses of the Sanctuary to better understand fine-scale pressures on the resources CINMS is tasked to monitor and protect. This type of analysis will help CINMS quantify the ecosystem services the Sanctuary provides to its stakeholders. As a federal employee on staff since February 2020, Lizzie is continuing her work on human use within the sanctuary, in addition to co-coordinating the Deep Sea Coral Research and Technology Program's (DSCRTP) West Coast Initiative (2018-2021). The west coast is the focus of a multiyear field research initiative to better understand, conserve, and manage deep-sea coral and sponge ecosystems; outcomes of this initiative will have direct implications for sanctuaries, Essential Fish Habitat and Rockfish Conservation Area designations, offshore energy development, and new deep-sea technologies and exploration. Before joining CINMS, Lizzie completed both her Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Marine Biology and Biology from California State University, Long Beach. As an undergraduate, she first discovered her interest in the intersection of science and policy while interning for NOAA's Montrose Settlements and Restoration Program. As a graduate student, she was awarded the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship (NSF GRF) and the NSF East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes Fellowship (EAPSI) for U.S. graduate students to study the responses of valuable marine species to anthropogenic-induced changes to the environment, aiming to one day pursue a career to help conserve the marine environment, protect the life it supports, and promote sustainable ocean use.

Contact Information

Phone: 805-393-6432


<<return to staff


Contact Us | WebSite Owner: National Ocean Service
Many links leave the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary Web Site. Please view our Disclaimer for more information.
National Ocean Service | Office of National Marine Sanctuaries | National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration | NOAA Library | Privacy Policy | User Survey