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Elizabeth Cerny-Chipman is a 2017 Knauss Executive Fellow in NOAA's Office of Coastal Management.
Elizabeth completed her B.A. in Biology from Pomona College. She is currently completing her PhD in Integrative Biology at Oregon State University.
Elizabeth is a marine ecologist interested broadly in ocean conservation and how global environmental change will influence coastal ecosystems. Her dissertation is focused on how the interactions between predators and prey change in different environmental contexts. Using the rocky intertidal ecosystem along the coast of Oregon, she explored how snail predators responded to changes like ocean acidification and the decline of a top predator due to sea star wasting disease. Elizabeth is also interested in the role of science in developing conservation tools. She has conducted research on the links between changing incentives and conservation success in social-ecological systems and on how scientists can most effectively engage with policymakers and the public.