Kevin manages the Clean Vessel Act grant program for the California Department of Boating and Waterways. Clean Vessel Act grant funds are available for the construction, renovation, operation, and maintenance of sewage pumpout stations and waste reception facilities for recreational boaters of California. The Clean Vessel Act grant funds are available to the public and private sector. This includes all local governmental entities and private businesses that own and operate boating facilities that are open to the general public.
For more information, contact Kevin
Atkinson at the California Department of Boating and Waterways.
Grace earned her B.S. in Applied Ecology at the University of California, Irvine, and completed a M.A. in Environmental Studies with emphasis in Environmental Planning and Analysis from the University of Southern California. Grace's undergraduate research focused on the effects of reforestation on avian populations in Costa Rica. In San Diego, Grace studied cetacean behavioral patterns.
Michelle is a Los Angeles native and grew up enjoying the many sporting activities the ocean has to offer, including boating, fishing, and surfing. She earned her B.S in Ecology, Behavior, and Evolution at the University of California, San Diego, and completed a M.S. in Environmental Engineering with emphasis in Wastewater Treatment at Loyola Marymount University. Michelle is interested in sustainable environmental practices and preserving the environment for generations to come.
Victoria received her B.S. in Marine Biology from Roger Williams University where she conducted research on the giant clam. Victoria came to SMBRC after receiving a M.S. in Fisheries Science with a minor in Environmental Science from Louisiana State University. Victoria’s graduate research focused on oyster production methods for the commercial industry. She now works to educate and outreach to boaters. Victoria’s future research goals are to restore oyster populations and create reef habitats that will serve as nurseries for juvenile fish. In her spare time Victoria enjoys swimming, hiking and SCUBA diving.
Karen leads aquatic invasive species issues, manages a boater/sewage education program, and coordinates the State of the Estuary Conference and the CALFED Science Conference. She serves on regional, state, and federal invasive species task forces. She also coordinated a ballast water outreach program for California Sea Grant. Karen has a B.A. in Biology from U.C. Santa Cruz and a Ph.D. in Marine Ecology from the Florida Institute of Technology.
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James is from Virginia where he received his B.S. in Biology from Radford University before moving to San Francisco. At the University of San Francisco, James received his M.S. in Environmental Management. His coursework visited many different fields including environmental law, sustainable development, and urban planning among others. His master’s project examined the environmental impacts and regulatory framework of mountain top removal coal mining in southern West Virginia. James’ social outlets include trivia on Monday nights, visits to the park and volunteer work in San Francisco. Go Giants!