Melissa was a 2020 California Sea Grant fellow at Ocean Science Trust. She is an environmental scientist with a passion for marine and coastal ecosystems and science communication.
After receiving her Bachelor of Science in environmental biology from McGill University, Melissa was interested in better understanding the relationship between science and policy. This led her to CSU Monterey Bay where she obtained her Masters in applied marine and watershed sciences learning to use science and technology to better inform decision-making. As part of her graduate experience, Melissa joined OST as a CSU COAST intern working on climate change and ocean acidification projects, including supporting the development of the California OA Action Plan and engaging with the California Ocean Acidification and Hypoxia Science Task Force. Her interdisciplinary background allows her to navigate the science-policy interface and has provided her with the knowledge and experience to tackle complex environmental issues. As a Science Officer, Melissa will persevere in her efforts to promote collaboration and partnerships seeking practical solutions to issues facing California’s marine and coastal ecosystems.