Senior Scientist, ACCESS Program Biologist
As a Senior Scientist in the California Current Group, I investigate the diet of various seabirds to understand changing fish communities in coastal California. I am a Program Coordinator with ACCESS (www.accessoceans.org), a partnership between Point Blue, our two national marine sanctuaries (Gulf of the Farallones and Cordell Bank), and several other entities to conduct ocean research in our region. In addition to overseeing and synthesizing the many datasets related to the ACCESS partnership, I research zooplankton communities in our Sanctuaries and examine the effects of varying oceanographic conditions on copepods, krill and other important zooplankton taxa in our marine environment. I also supervise the Point Blue laboratory, where our seabird diet and zooplankton studies happen with the help of our awesome interns and volunteers!
I earned my B.S. in Zoology from the University of California, Davis. I earned my M.S. in Marine Biology from San Francisco State University, investigating the diet of the California Least Tern colony at Alameda Point (formerly the Naval Air Station, Alameda). After finishing my undergraduate work and trying to figure out what to do next, I was advised to apply for a seabird research assistant position on the Farallon Islands, and I have been hooked on seabirds ever since! I was hired soon after my season on the Farallones to help monitor Double-crested Cormorant populations on the Richmond-San Rafael and San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridges. Other Point Blue projects I have worked on include monitoring breeding success and diet of the Alameda Point Least Tern colony and documenting seabird mortality during oil spills as part of the Processing Strike Team within the Oiled Wildlife Care Network.
When I’m not in the field (assisting in nest surveys in Alameda or on a research vessel in the Sanctuaries), I can be found in the Petaluma headquarters.
Email: Meredith Elliott
(707) 781-2555 x304