Board Members

Dr. Marc Mangel

Dr. Marc Mangel is Distinguished Professor of Mathematical Biology and Director of the Center for Stock Assessment Research (CSTAR) at the University of California Santa Cruz, where he has served since 1996. He also acts as the Senior Scientific Advisor for MRAG Americas, as well as the Director of its California regional office. MRAG Americas is an independent consulting business dedicated to promoting responsible, rational and sustainable utilization of aquatic resources. MRAG Americas performs multi-disciplinary projects for a variety of clients including international, governmental and non-governmental entities, as well as industrial and commercial companies.

From 1980-1996, Mangel was at the University of California Davis, where he served as Assistant, Associate and Full Professor for eight years in the Department of Mathematics and eight years in the Department of Evolution and Ecology. He was founding Director of the Center for Population Biology (1989-1993). His awards include, in part, John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship, 1987; Fulbright Senior Research Fellowship, Oxford University, 1988; George Gund Foundation Distinguished Environmental Scholar, Case Western Reserve University,1992; Distinguished Statistical Ecologist, International Association for Ecology, 1998; Mote Eminent Scholar, Florida State University, 2000; Fellow, California Academy of Sciences, 2000; Fellow American Association for the Advancement of Science, 2003; UCSC Academic Senate Excellence in Teaching Award, 2003; Frohlich Fellow, CSIRO Hobart, 2006; Astor Lecturer, University of Oxford, 2007; Kaeser Lecturer University of Wisconsin, 2008; and Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, 2009. Mangel has numerous journal publications and books that include, in part, Dynamic State Variable Models in Ecology: Methods and Applications (with Colin Clark, 2000, Oxford), and The Theoretical Biologist’s Toolbox. Quantitative methods for ecology and evolutionary biology (Cambridge, 2007). He has supervised more than 50 undergraduate research projects or senior theses, 20 PhD students and 27 post-doctoral colleagues.

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Dr. Ellen Pikitch

Dr. Ellen K. Pikitch is the executive director of the Institute for Ocean Conservation Science and a professor at the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences at Stony Brook University. Recognized as an international expert in ocean conservation science, she has authored and edited more than 100 articles and books on fisheries science and management. Dr. Pikitch spearheaded the first scientific consensus on ecosystem-based fishery management, which was published in the journal Science in 2004. More recently, she chaired the Lenfest Forage Fish Task Force, which conducted the most comprehensive global analysis of forage fish management to date, releasing its report “Little Fish, Big Impact: Managing a Crucial Link in Ocean Food Webs,” in April 2012.

Dr. Pikitch also focuses research efforts on vulnerable and ecologically important marine species. She co-edited the first book to focus on pelagic sharks and their plight, and was a co-author of the first paper to estimate the number of sharks killed year, both of which energized and propelled the shark conservation movement. Another extensively exploited fish on which Dr. Pikitch has conducted substantial scientific research is the sturgeon.

The scientific work of Dr. Pikitch has informed policy decisions such as the listings of both the Atlantic and beluga sturgeon under the U.S. Endangered Species Act, a U.S. ban on the sale of beluga caviar, passage of the U.S. Shark Finning Prohibition Act, regulation of the international trade of six species of sharks, and more precautionary forage fisheries management.

Dr. Pikitch received a Ph.D. in Zoology from Indiana University and M.A. and B.S. degrees in Mathematics from the City College of New York.

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Gideon Shaanan

Gideon Shaanan is an accomplished high-tech executive and an Entrepreneurship Development consultant. Mr. Shaanan works with organizations and executives to rapidly reach their business, organizational and entrepreneurship goals. He also leads the UCSC School of Engineering’s Entrepreneurship Studies Initiative where he developed and teaches the core courses in entrepreneurship.

Throughout his career, in both executive (CTO, VP) and consulting capacities, Mr. Shaanan has been serving large and small organizations in a wide range of industries. These include global corporations, cutting-edge high-tech startups, educational institutions and non-profits. Among them are Apple Computer, Vitro, U3 (a joint Venture of SanDisk and M-Systems), the Foundation for Hearing Research, Catalyst Strategies, The Adizes Institute, the National Geographic Society, Quarto Publishing of London, the Technion and the Santa Fe Institute.

Mr. Shaanan received a Masters of Engineering degree from Cornell University.

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Sofia Berto Villas-Boas

Sofia Berto Villas-Boas is an associate professor in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics at the University of California Berkeley. She received her Ph.D. in Economics from U.C. Berkeley in May 2002. Her research interests include industrial organization, consumer behavior, food policy, and environmental regulation. In particular, Sofia’s work measures consumer responses to information changes in terms of product characteristics in a variety of settings, ranging from nutritional information in grocery retailers to expert opinion about the quality of products. Related to fisheries, Sofia and co-authors investigate whether consumers respond to FishWise retail partner point of sale labeling programs, and whether they are willing to pay for improvements in the sustainability of the seafood they purchase.

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Katie Carlin

Katie Carlin is a California attorney and consultant currently advising winemakers on the feasibility of developing and maintaining high-performance winery buildings. As a child, Katie spent her summers at Catalina Island Marine Institute where she grew to love the ocean and understand the importance of protecting marine ecosystems. At UC Santa Cruz and UC Hastings, she developed her appreciation for the healing power of the natural world, as well as her advocacy skills. Today Katie brings social and environmental awareness to an analytical and strategy-driven consulting practice. She enjoys the challenge of incorporating sustainable practices into successful, commercial operations. Prior to gaining LEED accreditation through the US Green Building Council, Katie worked as an administrative attorney with a focus on renewable energy, domestic energy transmission, and regulatory compliance.

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Phil Levin

Phillip Levin is the lead scientist of The Nature Conservancy, Washington and a Professor-of-Practice in the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences at the University of Washington. Dr. Levin is a conservation scientist who is interested in bridging the gaps between theory and practice in conservation, and developing modeling and statistical approaches to inform conservation and management of marine ecosystems. The main focus of his current work is developing interdisciplinary tools to inform conservation of marine, aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems and the communities that depend on them. Prior to joining the Nature Conservancy and University of Washington, he was a Senior Scientist at NOAA Fisheries’ Northwest Fisheries Science Center in Seattle, WA, USA. Levin served as the scientific lead of NOAA’s Integrated Ecosystem Assessment efforts in the California Current Large Marine Ecosystem and Puget Sound. In the course of this work, he has led the development of new analytical tools for characterizing ecosystem health and forecasting the cumulative effects of coastal zone management and climate change on marine ecosystems. Dr. Levin received the Department of Commerce Silver Award and NOAA’s Bronze Medal for his work on marine ecosystems, and the Seattle Aquarium’s Conservation Research Award for his work in Puget Sound. He has published over 150 scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals, book chapters and technical reports, and edited the forthcoming book, “Conservation of the Anthropocene Ocean: interdisciplinary approaches for nature and people”.  His work has been featured in such news outlets as NPR, PBS, the BBC, MSBNC, The Economist, among others. Levin recently served as President of the Western Society of Naturalists, and has served on numerous editorial boards and scientific advisory panels. Levin received his Ph.D. in zoology from the University of New Hampshire in 1993 and was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of North Carolina.

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Jeanne von Zastrow

Jeanne von Zastrow received her Bachelor of Science degree at Utah State University and graduated Magna Cum Laude. She taught business at Brighton High School for five years and then was invited to join as a Political Appointee and moved to Washington D.C. to serve on President Ronald Reagan’s staff. She was a speech writer and initiated and completed public and private White House Initiatives. She joined Food Marketing Institute in 1985. Her 28 year career included leading and creating new initiatives for the global supermarket trade industry association. Her hallmarks were the development of the sustainability executive committee, the sustainability seafood committee and the joint FMI and GMA Food Waste Reduction initiative. She developed industry-wide annual sustainability summits and worked closely with USDA, EPA and many NGO’s in partnerships to create a more sustainable food chain. Jeanne has been a frequent speaker and has often been interviewed in food industry media. She retired from FMI in 2015.

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M. Benjamin Eichenberg

Ben Eichenberg is a California attorney with additional expertise in international trade law. In his position as the principle enforcement attorney for San Francisco Baykeeper, Ben is responsible for prosecuting an active docket of high-impact water quality cases through research, litigation, and settlement negotiations. Throughout his legal career, beginning in 2010, Ben has represented environmental and community groups in civil litigation to protect endangered environmental resources. Ben received his J.D. from University of California Hastings College of the Law in 2008. After law school, Ben was a Fulbright Scholar in Oslo, Norway, where he studied climate change regulation and international trade and received a master’s degree in Public International Law from the University of Oslo. Ben’s Master’s thesis and subsequent related research has been focused on the interaction of environmental regulation with tariffs and trade, both under the auspices of the World Trade Organization and other mechanisms of public international law.

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