Dr. Madhavi Colton
Associate Scientist for the MPA Monitoring Enterprise
Phone: (510) 251-8329
Dr. Madhavi Colton is an Associate Scientist at the MPA Monitoring Enterprise who works to ensure rigorous and unbiased science is integrated into ocean policy and management. In her role, she is employing innovative approaches to the collection, analysis and sharing of monitoring data and results so that monitoring effectively informs management decisions. Madhavi has redesigned the processes by which scientists work with MPA managers, including working with diverse partners to incorporate existing information, expertise and capacity into MPA monitoring at state and regional scales. Through her work, Madhavi collaborates with managers and decision-makers to ensure they have access to salient information about California’s coastal ecosystems and the people whose livelihoods depend upon them, as well as with academic, agency and citizen-scientists to facilitate analyses of monitoring data. Madhavi is taking the lead on re-framing the purpose and utility of baseline monitoring for California, ensuring that the state maximizes the value received from current investments in monitoring.
As a temperate marine ecologist, Madhavi has studied fish populations in Australia and California. Her doctoral research at the University of Melbourne, Australia, focused on understanding patterns in the abundance and distribution of temperate rocky reef fishes, including exploring the influence of MPAs and comparing monitoring techniques. Her research in California quantified the life history and recruitment patterns of treefish (Sebastes serriceps) in the Southern California Bight. She has also worked with the California salmon and Pacific long-line fisheries, studied intertidal fishes in the Golden Gate National Recreation area, researched desert plant communities in Death Valley National Park, and established a community outreach program in the high-tech sector.