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Craig Stuart

Craig Stuart graduated from the University of Oregon (2015) with a Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology and a minor in Chemistry. During his undergraduate career, Craig conducted fish ecology research at the Oregon Institute of Marine Biology in Coos Bay, OR. He also studied abroad at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Bocas del Toro, Panama researching the effects of coastal development on coral reef fish communities. After graduation, Craig became concerned with the anthropogenic threats to marine mammals while teaching marine science programs at the Ocean Institute, an education nonprofit, and decided to pursue a career in marine mammal protection. As a volunteer for the Pacific Marine Mammal Center in Laguna Beach, CA, he assisted rescue and rehabilitation efforts, and responded to emergencies with the Large Whale Entanglement Rescue Network, supported by NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service. He then worked for the U.S. Navy Marine Mammal Program in San Diego, CA as a dolphin trainer with an advanced scuba diving certification. In 2018, Craig joined the California Department of Water Resources as a fish and wildlife scientific aid and gained insight into environmental policies associated with fish conservation and habitat restoration in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta. Craig’s growing passion for marine policy and conservation ultimately led him to the Bren School. By specializing in coastal marine resource management and conservation planning, he hopes to build upon his professional career and interest in marine policy and conservation managing coastal fisheries and marine protected areas.

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