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Earth Optimism Panel: Building Climate-Resilient Communities on the Coasts


Aug 18, 2020 06:46 PM

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Zoë Johnson
Co- Chair, Annapolis City Dock Resiliency Workgroup
Zoë Johnson has been involved in climate resiliency planning and policy for over 20 years. Most recently, she served as Climate Resiliency Coordinator for NOAA’s Chesapeake Bay Office and the Chesapeake Bay Program Partnership. In this role, she worked with partners to enhance the resiliency of the Chesapeake watershed to withstand adverse impacts from changing conditions. Before joining NOAA, Zoë was Director of Climate Policy and Planning at the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. She also led efforts to develop Maryland’s Strategy for Reducing Vulnerability to Sea Level Rise and Coastal Storms (2008); and its Strategy for Building Societal, Economic and Ecological Resilience (2011). Zoë is currently Co-Chair of the City of Annapolis City Dock Action Committee Resiliency Workgroup. Zoë holds a B.A. in Urban and Regional Planning from Western Washington University (1992) and a Master’s in Coastal and Marine Policy from the University of Washington (1998). (Photo: Amelia Johnson)
Jason Toft
Senior Research Scientist @University of Washington
Jason Toft is a senior research scientist at the University of Washington School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences, focusing on nearshore restoration and effects of shoreline armoring in Puget Sound. (Photo: Kathleen Pozarcyki)
Chela Zabin
Ecologist @Smithsonian Environmental Research Center
Chela Zabin, Ph.D., is an ecologist with the Marine Invasions Laboratory at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center in Tiburon, California, where she has been since 2005. In addition to studying non-native species, she has been researching and working to restore native Olympia oysters for 14 years in San Francisco Bay, Elkhorn Slough and Tomales Bay. She is the lead researcher for the oyster portion of two multispecies living shorelines projects in San Francisco Bay. She was chair of the San Francisco Bay Native Oyster Research Working Group for many years and is currently on the steering committee of the Native Olympia Oyster Collaborative, working to promote collaboration and information sharing among Olympia oyster researchers and restoration practitioners along the West Coast, from British Columbia to Baja California. (Photo: Brandy Gale)