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MPA Watch is excited to announce that we have a new statewide coordinator, Lisa Gilfillan! Please feel free to reach out to her with any questions or to get involved with MPA Watch! MPA Watch is a network of programs that support healthy oceans through community science by collecting human use data in and around our protected areas.

Lisa Gilfillan

lisa@wildcoast.org

From Lisa:

Hello, my name is Lisa, nice to meet you informally! I was born in Kentucky, raised in Ohio, bounced around to 7 other states, and eventually migrated to San Diego in 2008 where I earned a graduate degree in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation from Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego. At the time no one was really talking about microplastics so my research focussed on understanding the concentration, distribution, and characteristics of microplastics in the California Current over a 30 year time scale. Lab work and scientific publications are definitely not for me so I quickly got back into working for local conservation-based non-profits including the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, I Love a Clean San Diego, and Birch Aquarium at Scripps. I joined the WILDCOAST team in January of 2020 as the Ocean Conservation and Education Coordinator. In this role I was able to experience our local MPAs firsthand while engaging students. I have now taken on the Conservation Manager role and will be working to protect MPAs at the Statewide level by co-chairing the San Diego MPA Collaborative, working on compliance efforts (especially with our M2 radar units), and coordinating the MPA Watch Community Science Program. I am looking forward to the collaborations, growth, and challenges these new opportunities will bring and to continue learning from all of you along the way!

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