Ben is a Professor at the Bren School of Environmental Science & Management at UCSB and the lead scientist for the Ocean Health Index project. He is also a Chair in Marine Conservation at Imperial College London as part of the Grand Challenges in Ecosystems and the Environment program. He maintains an affiliation as Center Associate at NCEAS and is the Director of the Center for Marine Assessment and Planning (CMAP) and a Senior Fellow at the World Conservation Monitoring Centre, a part of the United Nations Environment Programme. Much of his research addresses issues related to Coastal and Marine Spatial Planning (CMSP), including cumulative impact and ecosystem service tradeoff assessments.
Courtney is a Project Scientist at the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS). Her research interests lie at the intersection of innovative marine science and applied management solutions. She received her Master’s degree in Environmental Science and Management from the Bren School at UCSB. Courtney has been working on the Ocean Health Index project since 2010 and also works on the Ocean Tipping Points project at NCEAS.
Julie Stewart Lowndes
Julie is a marine biologist interested in bridging science and resource management. She does this as part of the Ocean Health Index team by facilitating the adaptation of the OHI methodology to scales at which political decisions are made. Her PhD dissertation at Stanford University’s Hopkins Marine Station was also highly collaborative and aimed to inform the potential effects of Humboldt squid on coastal fisheries.
Casey is an educator, environmentalist, engineer, and musician. He studied climate change adaptation and mitigation, coastal marine resources, and environmental communication at UCSB's Bren School and received his Master's degree in 2014. Long prior to Bren, he earned a B.S. and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford in 1994.
Melanie works on the analyses and software development of the Ocean Health Index. She likes finding novel ways to make complex data accessible and useful.