Liz Whiteman's profile

Dr. Liz Whiteman

Program Director/MPA Monitoring Enterprise Director, California Ocean Science Trust


Liz is the Program Director for the California Ocean Science Trust, a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing science-informed ocean resource management and stewardship decisions. Liz works with scientists, citizens, managers and policy-makers - on topics ranging from climate change to fisheries - to develop new tools and processes that ensure and encourage a role for science in promoting sound ocean stewardship and ultimately sustained, healthy, and productive coastal and ocean ecosystems.

Liz also directs the MPA Monitoring Enterprise, a program within OST that is leading the design and implementation of monitoring of California’s new statewide network of MPAs using creative approaches that ‘take the pulse of ocean ecosystems’ and evaluate the effectiveness of management actions. The MPA Monitoring Enterprise works at the nexus of science, technology and new knowledge systems to support the state in cost-effective, ongoing, rigorous decision support.

An expert in coral reef ecology, conservation and fisheries management, Liz has worked throughout the Caribbean and US West Coast studying the effectiveness of MPAs and providing recommendations to policy-makers from several countries. Liz has served as a Consulting Editor for PLoS Biology, and has recently been appointed to the West Coast Ocean Acidification and Hypoxia Panel. Liz earned her Ph.D. in marine evolutionary ecology from the University of East Anglia, U.K.