Katie Nichols

Marine Restoration Director

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Katie enjoys sharing her passion for marine science and inspiring ocean conservation through community restoration. She received her B.A. in Environmental Studies and Marine Biology from UC Santa Cruz and her M.S. in Marine Ecology from San Diego State University. Her master’s research examined sea urchins and kelp forest community dynamics inside and outside marine reserves.

Prior to joining Coastkeeper, Katie worked as a Knauss Sea Grant fellow for NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service in Washington D.C., as a project manager with the Sustainable Fisheries Group at UC Santa Barbara, and in fisheries policy and resource management with NOAA in Hawaii and Long Beach.

At Coastkeeper, Katie designs and implements restoration projects on eelgrass, oyster, abalone and nearshore habitats in collaboration with volunteers, scientists and agencies in Southern California. Her research interests include resource management and the development of practical and innovative solutions to the challenges facing marine ecosystems.

Katie loves camping, hiking and is an avid traveler. She has studied and worked abroad in Tasmania, Indonesia, Fiji, French Polynesia, Belize, and Costa Rica.