Ben is the Director of NCEAS and a Professor at the Bren School of Environmental Science & Management at UCSB. He is 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, 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 the Deputy Director of 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.
Casey is a PhD student, 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. He is currently working on completing a PhD at the Bren School as well. Long prior to Bren, he earned a B.S. and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford in 1994.
As the communications officer for NCEAS and Ocean Health Index, Jenny helps tell stories and deliver messages that elevate our science and its impact. Jenny has spent most of her career doing communications and outreach for nonprofits, government agencies, and academic institutions. She has a joint Master's degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in life sciences communication and environmental studies, and a bachelor's degree from the University of Virginia in German language and literature.