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As Oregon Sea Grant's 2017 Natural Resource Policy Fellow, Deanna is currently working with the Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development (DLCD) to facilitate the update of the Oregon State Rocky Shores Management Strategy. This strategy is a subsection of the Territorial Sea Plan that is responsible for the management of rocky area resources along the Oregon Coast. During this process, she is working with a multitude of agency, government, and private stakeholders that have a vested interest in coastal resources. Additionally, Deanna is responsible for assuring transparency and active engagement of this process with the public.
Deanna completed a B.S. in Environmental Sciences from the State University of New York at Oneonta in 2014 where she focused on aquatic invasive species research. She recently completed her M.S. in Marine Resource Management from Oregon State University where she researched community resilience in relation to the commercial fishing industry.
Deanna has many interests tied to aquatic and marine environments primarily in relation to the coupled human-ecological system that surrounds the coast. More recently she has expanded from the ecological sciences into social science. By bridging these disciplines, Deanna has created an opportunity to create a greater understanding of the human dimension in natural resource management and the policies that connected them. She now focuses on the use of collaboration, communication, and group facilitation as tools to aid in management processes and building consensus between diverse stakeholders.