FORA.tv Speaker - Karina Nielsen

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Biography

Karina Nielsen received her Ph.D. from Oregon State University, was a National Science Foundation International Postdoctoral Fellow at the Universidad Catolica's Estacion Costera de Investigaciones Marinas in Chile and then a postdoctoral researcher with Partnership for Interdisciplinary Studies of Coastal Oceans. She is currently an Associate Professor of Biology at Sonoma State University.

Her research focuses on the interplay between nearshore oceanography and ecological functioning of benthic communities, and management and conservation of coastal ecosystems. She has studied how nutrients influence intertidal communities, how low oxygen (or hypoxic) areas form off the coast of Oregon and sustainability of commercial seaweed harvesting in California. She is currently engaged in monitoring sandy beach ecosystems in California's new marine protected areas and studying the effects of ocean acidification on the ecology of intertidal calcareous seaweeds (or coralline algae), kelps and surfgrasses.

Karina is also actively engaged in public outreach and education and is working closely with the City of Fort Bragg (in northern California) and Sonoma State University to help establish the 'Noyo Center for Science and Education' on a now defunct lumber mill site that occupies the city's entire waterfront. She served on the science advisory team for the Marine Life Protection Act Initiative and currently serves as a member of the science advisory team for California's Ocean Protection Council.

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BioForum: Marine Biodiversity of California's Seashore

03.19.11 | 00:49:09 min | 0 comments