OPC Science Advisory Team (OPC-SAT)

Call for Nominations: Ocean Protection Council Science Advisory Team

The Ocean Protection Council now welcomes nominations for multiple vacancies on the OPC Science Advisory Team (OPC-SAT) through November 17, 2018. We encourage nominations of individuals who can provide scientific guidance to the OPC to support the goals within OPC’s priority program areas and funding initiatives, including: marine protected areas, climate change, sustainable fisheries, marine pollution, and sustainable ocean economy.

For more information including how to submit a nomination, please read the full solicitation and OPC-SAT overview flyer.

About the Ocean Protection Council Science Advisory Team

The Ocean Protection Council Science Advisory Team (OPC-SAT) provides scientific analysis and advice to the OPC and works to ensure that OPC policy and funding decisions are informed by the best available science. The OPC-SAT was established in 2008 to help meet the goals of the California Ocean Protection Act and offers a critical venue to bring state leaders and scientists together around pressing ocean and coastal challenges. The OPC-SAT takes on a range of topics with emphasis on state priorities to address issues impacting coastal and marine ecosystems in California.

The OPC-SAT and its members engage in four principal work modes: Expert Taskforces, Advisory Committees, Expert Panels, and as individuals. The work of the OPC-SAT is directed and funded by the OPC and administered by Ocean Science Trust.

For more information about how the OPC-SAT participates in its activities, forms collaborative groups, and reviews and approves its work products, see The Ocean Protection Council Science Advisory Team: Responsibilities and Working Procedures (2018).


Ongoing and upcoming


Annual Workshops

The OPC-SAT comes together as a whole at least once per year in an in-person workshop. These workshops bring together OPC-SAT members, OPC leadership and staff, Ocean Science Trust, agency decision-makers, other experts, and partner organizations as needed to share information and updates, discuss priorities, launch new initiatives, or hold technical workshops on specific questions.


Richard F. Ambrose
Department of Environmental Health Sciences, University of California, Los Angeles

Alexandria B. Boehm
Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Stanford University

Mark Carr
Professor, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of California, Santa Cruz

Daniel R. Cayan
Researcher, Climate Atmospheric Science and Physical Oceanography, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego

Francisco Chavez
Senior Scientist, Biological Oceanographer, Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute

Kenneth Coale
Professor, Moss Landing Marine Laboratories, San Jose State University

Christopher Costello
Professor of Environmental and Resource Economics, Donald Bren School of Environmental Science, University of California, Santa Barbara

Holly Doremus
James H. House and Hiram H. Hurd Professor of Environmental Regulation, Co-Director, Center for Law, Energy & the Environment, Director, Environmental Law Program, University of California, Berkeley

Briannon Fraley
Interim Chief Executive Officer, Self Governance Director, Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation

Steve Gaines
Professor and Dean, Donald Bren School of Environmental Science, University of California, Santa Barbara

Gary Griggs
Professor of Earth Sciences and Director, Institute of Marine Sciences, University of California, Santa Cruz

Madeleine Hall-Arber
retired, Professor and Anthropologist, Sea Grant, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (formerly)

Gretchen Hofmann
Professor and Chair, Department of Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology, University of California, Santa Barbara

Sam Johnson
Research Geologist, U.S. Geological Survey

Barry Wayne McCovey Jr.
Fisheries Biologist, Yurok Tribal Fisheries Program

Steven N. Murray
Professor of Biology and Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Emeritus, California State University Fullerton

Karina J. Nielsen
Professor and Director, Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies, San Francisco State University

Jeffrey D. Paduan
Dean of Research, Professor of Oceanography, Naval Postgraduate School

Jerry Schubel
President and Chief Executive Officer, Aquarium of the Pacific

John J. Stachowicz
Professor, University of California, Davis

Chuck Striplen
Environmental Scientist, North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board

William Sydeman
President and Senior Scientist, Farallon Institute for Advanced Ecosystem Research

Stephen Weisberg
Executive Director, Southern California Coastal Water Research Project

Elliott Lee Hazen
Research Ecologist, NOAA Southwest Fisheries Science Center, Environmental Research Division

Liz Whiteman
Executive Director Ocean Science Trust


Jenn Eckerle, Deputy Director, Ocean Protection Council

Hayley Carter, Program Scientist, California Ocean Science Trust