Meet the Staff
Michael Carver is the Deputy Superintendent for Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary. He has been with the Office of National Marine Sanctuaries since 2000. Originally from Wayne, Pennsylvania, Michael moved to North Carolina to complete his Bachelors of Science in Natural Resource Management at North Carolina State University. Michael was hired directly out of school to work for NOAA to start the sanctuary's at-sea monitoring program, which started in 2004. Michael's responsibilities include overseeing enforcement, office and field operations, and management actions to address threats to the marine environment of the sanctuary. Ever since five whales were confirmed killed by ship strikes in 2010, Michael has worked tirelessly with partner agencies, industry, and the NGO community to address the ship strike issue.
Resource Protection Specialist
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.
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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.
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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.
Education and Outreach Coordinator
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.