Dr. Satie Airamé is the Assistant Dean for Academic Programs at the Bren School. In this capacity, she works with the Bren School dean, as well as faculty, staff, and students to plan the curriculum for master’s and PhD students. Drawing from more than a decade of work on marine conservation science and policy, Dr. Airamé develops strategies for integrating science, economics, policy, law, and management through interdisciplinary graduate training.
Dr. Airamé has taught a graduate course in coastal and marine policy and management at the Bren School, as well as courses and workshops on science communication at UCSB and other institutions. From 2008-2011, she served as a science and planning advisor to California’s Marine Life Protection Act Initiative. Her primary role was to integrate scientific information into public planning for networks of marine protected areas (MPAs) in California state waters. From 2002-2010, Dr. Airamé was a policy coordinator for the Partnership for Interdisciplinary Studies of Coastal Oceans (PISCO), a scientific consortium on the U.S. west coast dedicated to gathering new knowledge to better understand marine ecosystems and inform relevant policy and management. From 1999-2002, she was the scientific advisor to the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary, where she worked to bring scientific information to a stakeholder groups for the purpose of planning a network of MPAs around the Channel Islands.
Dr. Airamé received her BS summa cum laude in biology from Humboldt State University in June 1993, her master's in ecology from the University of Chicago in 1996, and her PhD in ecology from the University of Chicago in December 1999.