About Hayley Carter

As a Program Scientist at the California Ocean Science Trust, a non-profit linked closely to the State of California, my work is positioned in the boundary between science, policy and management. I am applying my scientific training to managing diverse projects that bridge marine science with natural resource decision-making. I started my work here as a 2013 California Sea Grant Fellow.

Whether it is overseeing the three-year effort the West Coast Ocean Acidification and Hypoxia Science Panel, employing fisheries risk assessment tools, leading fishery peer reviews, to tackling timely issues like harmful algal bloom impacts on California’s crab fisheries, I use science to seek practical solutions to issues facing our ocean. 

In 2012, I obtained an M.S. in Marine Biology from Dr. Jonathon Stillman’s environmental physiology lab at San Francisco State University, Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies. My graduate research interests included exploring the impacts of climate change – increasing ocean acidification, temperature, and de-oxygenation – on the development of crustaceans around the world (Carter et. al 2013; Ceballos et. al 2013). Results from this work suggest that variable responses to acidification may exist within populations, thus adaptation to high CO2 may be possible for some species. I seek to apply this climate change “lens” to any project I undertake. ​
Concurrently with my job at Ocean Science Trust, I volunteer as a Social Media Strategist at the San Francisco International Ocean Film Festival. I have also volunteered with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Chinook salmon hatchery program, and various beach cleanup events around the Bay Area. Previously, I worked as a Naturalist with San Francisco Whale Tours leading group expeditions to the Farallon Islands educating the public about the surrounding marine life. 
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by Hayley Carter / California Ocean Science Trust, San Francisco International Ocean Film Festival
October 03, 2013
The rapid assessments developed by Ocean Science Trust are synopses of publicly available scientific information about a set of eleven fisheries in California using the framework of the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) assessment tree. The eleven fisheries were selected by staff from the Ocean...