Meet the Staff

Michael Carver
Deputy Superintendent and Resource Protection Coordinator
(415) 464-5262

Michael is currently serving on a temporary detail at Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. During this time, for issues involving resource protection, please contact Lilli Ferguson, acting Resource Protection Coordinator; and for other issues involving office and field operations, please contact Dan Howard, Sanctuary Superintendent.

michael carver

Michael Carver is the Deputy Superintendent and Resource Protection Coordinator for Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary and 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's responsibilities include overseeing enforcement, office and field operations, and management actions to address threats to the marine environment of the sanctuary. Ever since 5 whales were confirmed killed by ship strike in 2010 Michael has worked tirelessly with partner agencies, industry, and the NGO community to address the ship strike issue, and in 2014 his team was awarded the Department of Commerce Gold Medal for personal and professional excellence for their efforts.


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, regulatory, and management issues, including national marine sanctuary permits, National Environmental Policy Act compliance, maritime heritage, planning for emergency incidents and response, as well as other efforts to understand and address threats to sanctuary resources. 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.

Kaitlin Graiff
Research Contractor

kaitlin graiff

Kaitlin provides support for organizing and conducting field operations, and product development of research and monitoring activities for the Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary (CBNMS). Kaitlin’s professional interests include characterization and applied ecology of benthic communities. She has extensive experience identifying and quantifying physical habitats, macro-invertebrates and fishes from hundreds of hours of underwater vehicle (ROV and submersible) transect video and still images collected on California’s continental shelf and slope. She manages and analyses many of the Sanctuary’s datasets and produces ArcGIS products. Kaitlin holds a MS in Environmental Science from Washington State University and a BS in Marine and Freshwater Biology from the University of New Hampshire. She has been a member of the CBNMS staff since 2009.


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.