Director of the Environmental Communications Program, Stanford University
Thomas Hayden is the founding Director of the Master of Arts in Earth Systems, Environmental Communication Program at Stanford University. He teaches science and environmental communication and journalism in Stanford's School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences and Graduate Program in Journalism. He came to Stanford in 2008, following a career of reporting and writing about science and environmental issues for national and international publications.
Assistant Professor, Environmental Science and Resource Management, CSU Channel Islands
I study the human dimensions of ocean and coastal management using diverse methods, including citizen science. My goal is to engage communities in understanding and sustainably managing their coastal resources.
I enjoy exploring California's coast with my wife Ashley, our son Huck, and our dog Lou.
Associate Professor, Department of Art and Art History, Stanford University
Terry Berlier received a Masters in Fine Arts in Studio Art from University of California, Davis and a Bachelors of Fine Arts from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. She has taught Sculpture at Stanford University since 2007 while continuing to create and exhibit her artwork internationally.
Berlier is an interdisciplinary artist who works primarily with sculpture and expanded media. Her work is often kinetic, interactive and/or sound based and focuses on everyday objects, the environment, ideas of nonplace/place and queer practice.
“Terry Berlier makes conceptual art of unusual intelligence, humor and sensitivity to the impact of materials.”—Kenneth Baker, San Francisco Chronicle
Executive Director, Save-the-Waves Coalition
With over 7 years of experience leading innovative conservation projects, Nik’s mission is to help provide coastal communities with the tools they need to be effective in valuing, protecting and managing their own natural resources. Before joining Save The Waves, Nik founded professional training programs in conservation project management, worked as a consultant in ecotourism development in coastal communities worldwide, and built innovative programs focused on water resource issues in the Monterey Bay area. In addition to Save The Waves, he is an adjunct professor at the Monterey Institute of International Studies, teaching on topics water resource issues and non-profit management.
He holds a BA from Lewis and Clark College and a Masters in Public Administration from the Monterey Institute of International Studies, with a focus on conservation and international non-profit management. In 2009, he produced and directed his first documentary film, BUILD, which documented the first skateparks in Uganda and Nicaragua and was featured in the Santa Cruz and Seattle Film festivals. He has traveled and surfed widely and is fluent in Spanish, French and Italian.
Growing up as the son of a fisherman and a teacher in Washington State, the coast has always played an important role in his life. When not at the office, Nik can be found in the water around Santa Cruz.
Advisor, Center for Ocean Solutions
Ashley Erickson serves as a part-time advisor on strategic planning and organizational transition at the Center for Ocean Solutions. Ashley was the Center’s assistant director for law and policy from 2015 to 2017, policy and education manager from 2014 to 2015 and a law and policy fellow from 2011 to 2014. During her six years at COS, she contributed her deep knowledge of ocean and coastal law and policy issues to meet the needs and challenges of decisionmakers whose actions directly impact ocean health. She has expertise in ecosystem-based marine and coastal planning, the influences of multiple stressors to marine ecosystems and fisheries management. As an advisor, she continues to work with the Center’s staff to deepen and broaden its engagement with decisionmakers, collaborators, and graduate students, shortening and strengthening the links between knowledge, action and positive change for thriving marine ecosystems and vibrant coastal communities.
A native of coastal North Carolina, she earned a B.A. in both psychology and English from the University of Virginia and a J.D. from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill School of Law, where she focused on ocean and coastal law and international and federal fisheries regulation. Before joining the Center, Ashley served as a Knauss marine policy fellow in the office of Congressman Sam Farr (CA-17) in Washington, D.C. where she strove for the overarching legislative goal of improved national ocean policy by collaborating with legislators, committees, agencies, environmental groups, and constituents. Ashley is a member of the North Carolina and California State Bars.