Leila Sievanen

Program Scientist

"California is an exciting place to be right now in terms of innovative ocean management and I am thrilled to be part of the important work underway here."


A social scientist with a love of the natural world and an interest in moving beyond the human/nature divide. Leila is passionate about bringing multiple perspectives into ocean management and working to build a richer knowledge base to inform ocean management and policy.


Leila started out in northern California with a bachelor’s degree in biology and an interest in tropical ecology and then, after serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in Nicaragua, became interested in the lives of people who live in tropical systems. She then went on to earn a PhD in Environmental Anthropology from the University of Washington. With an interest in people and marine systems, she has tracked coastal and marine management from Southeast Asia to Latin America to the Pacific Islands to the U.S. West Coast. She is continuing to bring these interests together at the California Ocean Science Trust.

Perfect Fit

The California Ocean Science Trust brings together Leila’s interests in sustainable oceans and fisheries and improving the knowledge base that informs management and policy. She’s excited to collaborate with great colleagues to make our coasts and oceans into better places to live and work for people and other organisms.

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