Dr. Liz Whiteman

Executive Director


“Every day I am inspired by, and learn from, the Ocean Science Trust team.”

Dr. Liz Whiteman is an experienced nonprofit leader, providing strategic direction to strengthen execution of OST’S mission. Liz balances an entrepreneurial spirit with a partnerships focus to accelerate progress towards a healthy and productive ocean future for California. She leads a team with science, policy and management expertise to bring diverse perspectives together and foster innovative approaches to difficult problems.

Liz has over a decade of experience working at the science-policy interface in California on topics ranging from marine protected areas to sea-level rise and ocean acidification. Prior to joining OST, Liz served as an Associate Editor for PLOS Biology, a peer-reviewed open access journal promoting and sharing open publication and data across the biological sciences. Liz also spent a decade in the Caribbean, promoting science-informed decisions for fisheries and protected area management.

Liz received her PhD and BSc in Ecology from the University of East Anglia, UK.

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