Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary
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Meet the Staff

Michael Carver
Deputy Superintendent
(415) 663-1437
michael.carver@noaa.gov

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) 663-0314 x107
Lilli.Ferguson@noaa.gov

lilli ferguson 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.

Kaitlin Graiff
Research Specialist
(415) 663-0314 x 105
kaitlin.graiff@noaa.gov

kaitlin graiff 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.


Dan Howard
Sanctuary Superintendent
(415) 663-1456
dan.howard@noaa.gov

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) 663 0314 x 112
danielle.lipski@noaa.gov

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) 663-1397
jennifer.stock@noaa.gov

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 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.