Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary
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Meet the Staff

Michael Carver
Deputy Superintendent
(415) 464-5262

michael carver Michael Carver is the resource protection and operations coordinator for CBNMS. Prior to this, Michael was a biological technician who managed the sanctuary's monthly monitoring program. Michael's responsibilities include overseeing enforcement, permitting, planning, and management actions to address threats to the marine environment of the Sanctuary. Michael works with the NOAA office of law enforcement to coordinates enforcement activities between Federal, State, and local law enforcement agencies to protect Sanctuary resources. Michael also provides engineering support for sanctuary field operations, and serves as the staff lead on emergency response issues. In addition, Michael also coordinates, annual budget planning and execution, interagency agreements, writes and manages contracts, and works closely with the sanctuary superintendent to ensure smooth operation of the sanctuary.

Michael has been with Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary since 2000. Michael started the sanctuary's monthly at sea monitoring program and managed it for several years before moving on. Michael graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Natural Resource Management from North Carolina State University. Michael holds a 50 ton USCG captains license.

Lilli Ferguson
Resource Protection Specialist
(415) 464-5265

lilli ferguson Lilli Ferguson is a Resource Protection Specialist, and is working on a wide range of sanctuary policy and regulatory issues, including on National Environmental Policy Act compliance activities, on oil spill/incident planning and response, and with sanctuary constituents on projects and permitting, as well as other efforts to mitigate impacts on the sanctuary. She worked with a team on the management plan update, environmental impact statement, and regulations for the 2015 expansion of CBNMS and Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary. She also serves as the coordinator for the sanctuary advisory council.

Lilli joined the staff in 2013. Her previous position was with the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. She has more than 20 years experience working and volunteered for a variety of environmental management agencies and organizations, including other offices in NOAA, an environmental nonprofit organization in Canada, and the State of California. Lilli has a Master of Marine Affairs degree from the University of Washington.

Dan Howard
Sanctuary Superintendent
(415) 464 5261

dan howard As the site superintendent, Dan manages all site activities and staff, policy development, interaction with local, state, and federal agencies and serves as a member of the National Marine Sanctuary Programs' Leadership Team.

Dan has been studying the marine environment in northern California since 1980 focusing on kelpbed ecology, predator/prey relationships and juvenile rockfish recruitment in a coastal upwelling system. In 1995, he started working for the Sanctuary program as an assistant manager for Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary and became the superintendent in 2003.

Danielle Lipski
(415) 464 5264

danielle lipski Danielle Lipski is the Research Coordinator at the Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary where her responsibilities include facilitating research of regional partners to meet the sanctuary's information needs; planning, facilitation and participation in the sanctuary's research programs such as ACCESS and ROV cruises; and contributing scientific information to address the sanctuary's resource protection issues.

Dani received her bachelor's degree in biology from the University of Maryland Baltimore County and her master's degree in ecology from San Diego State University. From 2005-2013 Dani was the Research Specialist for Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary. Her professional interests include marine spatial planning, fish ecology, deep sea habitats, climate change and applying science to marine conservation issues.

Jennifer Stock
Education and Outreach Coordinator
(415) 464-5263

jennifer stock Jennifer coordinates all education and outreach activities for the sanctuary, which includes creating teacher and student materials and hosting education workshops, creating outreach opportunities and publications, exhibits, signage, website content, and being the local "ocean DJ" as the host for her monthly radio show called "Ocean Currents" on community radio for West Marin, KWMR.

Jennifer has been with Cordell Bank NMS since 2000 and prior to that was an outdoor educator/naturalist with Yosemite National Institute-Headlands Institute, Guided Discoveries - Catalina Island Marine Institute, and the National Park Service as a seasonal interpreter. Jennifer brings over 18 years of environmental education experience to her role at the sanctuary. Jennifer has a BA in Biology from the University of Delaware and a MS in Education through Dominican University of California.