Marine Protected Area Collaborative Network
United States of America
Leandra began her career in science communication working as an organic vegetable farmer for the City of Arcata's Bayside Park Farm. Managing a four-acre community farm allowed for regular opportunities to engage with the public to share insights on everything from soil microbiology to watershed health. Starting in 2015, Leandra began a new career in marine conservation working for the California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s (CDFW) MPA Outreach Coordination project and subsequently the MPA Management project. Her focus has been the development of a photo catalog for 50,000+ deepwater photos captured during a 3-year project that utilized an underwater remotely operated vehicle to research and monitor California's MPAs. Additionally, she helps develop and maintain CDFW's MPA webpages, looking for opportunities to streamline information or improve user experience. In tandem with Leandra's work with CDFW and starting in 2016, Leandra began working for the Marine Protected Area Collaborative Network. She focuses on external and internal communications, project development, and organizational support for the organizations 600+ members and fourteen coastal chapters. Leandra holds a Bachelors in Natural Resource Planning and Interpretation (i.e. Science Communication).