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. 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. Since 2014 Chris has built out the research capacity of the sanctuary through innovative partnerships with top tier academic institutions such as UC Santa Barbara, federal and state agencies as well as via fellowships, internships and contracting. Chris and his team are working on high visibility initiatives such as ocean noise, deep-sea exploration, habitat mapping, and human uses that are key to local sanctuary management but are also of regional and national significance. 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. Chris has over 60 publications in the peer-reviewed and technical scientific literature.

Contact Information

Phone: 805-893-6419
email: Chris.Caldow@noaa.gov

 

 

Lindsey Peavey, Ph.D.

Lindsey Peavey

Research Specialist

Lindsey Peavey was hired as a federal employee with Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary in 2016, bringing a diverse background to the research team spanning marine ecology, conservation, cumulative impacts assessment, and biogeography. After earning a B.S. in marine science from the University of Miami, FL, Lindsey worked in cross-border community-based marine conservation for six years in Southern California and Northwest Mexico. Lindsey's graduate research focused on large marine vertebrates-marine mammals, sea turtles, birds, and fish-that migrate long distances to feed and breed. She studied where animals are, what they eat, and their open ocean movements using non-invasive approaches including animal tagging, biochemistry, genetics, habitat modeling, and spatial analysis. After completing a master's degree at Duke University and a PhD at UC Santa Barbara, both in Environmental Science & Management, Peavey worked on dynamic ocean management with the Southwest Fisheries Science Center as a California Sea Grant Fellow. At the sanctuary, Lindsey helps identify and describe the multiple natural and anthropogenic pressures that threaten marine resources, and collaborates with academics and stakeholders to produce and synthesize information that informs management approaches. Lindsey's first love is basketball but she also enjoys paddling outrigger and stand-up, running, hiking, yoga, and photography, hopefully all while traveling.

Contact Information

Phone: 805-893-6427
email: Lindsey.Peavey@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 serves as the Unit Diving Supervisor, managing all NOAA divers at the site and ensuring dive operations the sanctuary supports are conducted safely.  She also works closely with the Research Department to coordinate different science missions, and works to bridge together sanctuary research and education programs. Julie oversees the development of education programs, exhibits, outreach products, and partnerships that increase awareness about the sanctuary's marine, cultural, and maritime heritage resources. She's spent over 30 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 of exhibits at partner visitor centers, development of citizen science intertidal monitoring programs, developing and implementing floating laboratory educational and research programs and cultivating 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
email: Julie.Bursek@noaa.gov

 

 

Ryan Freedman

Ryan Freedman

Research Operations Specialist, Cardinal Point Captains

Ryan Freedman first joined the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary's science team in March 2014 as a California Sea Grant Fellow on a one-year appointment. He has since stayed with the CINMS team through a contract with Cardinal Point Captains. His research background covers a wide range of topics; in particular he is interested in addressing coastal management concerns using a variety of spatial and quantitative techniques. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree 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 Shark Lab at California State University Long Beach, 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 Recruiting, Training and Research (RTR) program's resource dynamics workshop, helping to apply new population modeling techniques to the Gulf Sturgeon population and surveying regional stakeholder interests. He is currently (2018) a Candidate for a Ph.D. with the University of California, Santa Barbara where his research quantifies impacts to sanctuary resources. Ryan 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

 

 

Jackie Buhl

Jackie Buhl

Technical Science Writer & Researcher, Research Vessel Crew, Cardinal Point Captains

Jackie Buhl rejoined the CINMS team in 2014 as a contracted Technical Science Writer & Researcher, and also works as a crewmember aboard sanctuary research vessels. Jackie has helped develop the Channel Islands section of the Sanctuary Integrated Monitoring Network (SIMoN), has assisted with development of the next sanctuary Condition Report, and assists with review and processing of sanctuary research permits. Prior to returning to the sanctuary (she previously worked as a contracted 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 earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology from UC Santa Barbara, and an Master of Science degree in Primate Behavior from Roehampton University in England.

Contact Information

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

 

 

Jennifer Brown

Jennifer Brown

Project Scientist, ECOS Consulting

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 sanctuary's 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
email: jennifer.brown@noaa.gov

 

 

Mari Cajandig

Mari Cajandig

GIS Specialist

Mari Cajandig joined the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary team in 2016 as an intern, and then a contractor. After growing up in Davis, California, she moved to Santa Barbara and began to pursue her oceanic interests. Mari enrolled in the Marine Diving Technology Program at Santa Barbara City College, which led her to a focus on ocean exploration and mapping, and in turn led to her major in Geography. After transferring to and spending two years at the University of California, Santa Barbara, Mari graduated in the spring of 2016 with a Bachelor's Degree in Geography/Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Her work at CINMS has included helping to create an inventory of the sanctuary's geospatial library and organizing it in a user-friendly layout. She has also created several maps for the developing CINMS Condition Report and for other projects. Outside of school and work, Mari also loves to spend time outdoors, specifically surfing, hiking, diving, playing sports, and shaping surfboards.

Contact Information

Phone: 805-893-6430
email: mari.cajandig@noaa.gov

 

 

Lizzie Duncan

Lizzie Duncan

California Sea Grant Fellow, Research Department

Elizabeth (Lizzie) Duncan joined the CINMS research team as a 2017/18 California Sea Grant State Fellow. During the course of her fellowship, Lizzie has been exploring 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 is also beneficial for later quantifying the ecosystem services the Sanctuary provides to its stakeholders, such as recreational users and commercial fishermen. Lizzie is also a part of the NOAA dive team, helping maintain the network of acoustic telemetry stations for monitoring fish and shark movements, and participating in other dive operations for internal and external research projects with partners. She is also heavily involved in the Deep Sea Coral Research and Technology Program's (DSCRTP) West Coast Initiative as a co-coordinator for the region. The West Coast is the focus of a multiyear field research initiative from 2018-2021 to better understand, conserve, and manage deep-sea coral and sponge ecosystems; outcomes of this initiative will have direct implications for Sanctuaries, for 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 an intern 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: 805-893-6432
email: lizzie.duncan@noaa.gov

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