Ocean Science Associate
Vienna provides scientific leadership to the Oceans Program of The Nature Conservancy’s California Chapter using her technical background in data science, spatial analysis, and marine ecology. She is leading a quantitative effort to estimate spatial and temporal changes in kelp coverage along the north coast of California to inform restoration siting efforts and a risk management framework. Vienna is also managing a data-driven process to update the population status of the sunflower sea star (Pycnopodia helianthoides), an important benthic predator in the kelp forest ecosystem that has experienced continental-scale collapse across much of its range.
Prior to joining TNC, Vienna worked for Marine Conservation Institute in Seattle, WA where she focused on the science and implementation of marine protected areas. A Goldwater National Scholar, Vienna graduated summa cum laude from the University of Puget Sound where she received her Bachelor of Science and Arts degrees in Biology and International Political Economy. She holds a Master’s degree in Environmental Science and Management from UC Santa Barbara’s Bren School where she specialized in Coastal Marine Resources Management and Economics & Politics of the Environment with a focus on Data Science.