Meet the Staff
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.
Resource Protection Specialist
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Lilli Ferguson is a Resource Protection Specialist with Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary, and is working on a wide range of sanctuary policy and regulatory issues. Her duties currently include: working on National Environmental Policy Act compliance activities, analyzing sanctuary resources management and work with sanctuary constituents, and updating the sanctuary management plan. She also serves as the coordinator for the sanctuary advisory council.
Lilli joined the Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary staff in 2013. Her previous position was with the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. Prior to that, starting in the early 1990s, she also worked and volunteered for a variety of agencies and organizations concerned with environmental management. She has worked for other offices in NOAA, an environmental nonprofit organization in Canada, the State of California, and others. Lilli earned a Master of Marine Affairs degree from the University of Washington; a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Sociology from the University of California, Los Angeles; and two academic certificates on environmental management topics.
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As the Research Specialist, Kaitlin serves as a team member on monitoring cruises within the
sanctuary and is responsible for data management and analyses of sanctuary habitats and communities.
She also assists in the development of reports and online content to communicate the results of
research projects conducted within the sanctuary.
Kaitlin earned a B.S. in Marine Biology at the University of New Hampshire, and a M.S. in
Environmental Science at Washington State University. Her graduate research documented the abundance
and distribution of benthic invertebrates on the continental shelf within the Monterey Bay National
Marine Sanctuary to assess the ecosystem-level impacts of bottom contact fishing gear.
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 15 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.