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To find out more about our research, visit our project website at www.oceantippingpoints.org. If you have additional questions, please contact case study lead, Dr. Phil Levin.

Our Team

Phil Levin, The Nature Conservancy, Case study lead 
Jameal Samhouri, NOAA Northwest Fisheries Science Center, Co-lead
Melissa Poe, University of Washington, Washington Sea Grant, NOAA, Co-lead 
Rebecca Martone, Stanford University Center for Ocean Solutions, Co-lead
Cindy Boyko, Council of the Haida Nation 
Chief Gindansta (Guujaaw), Citizen of the Haida Nation 
Ernie Gladstone, Parks Canada  
Ben Halpern, National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis, UCSB, Imperial College 
Megan Hinzman, University of Saskatchewan 
Mary Hunsicker, NOAA Northwest Fisheries Science Center
Russ Jones, Council of the Haida Nation 
Carrie Kappel, National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis, UC Santa Barbara 
Phil Loring, University of Saskatchewan 
Megan Mach, Stanford University Center for Ocean Solutions 
Kristin Marshall, NOAA Northwest Fisheries Science Center
Daniel McNeill, Council of the Haida Nation 
Dan Okamoto, Simon Fraser University 
Catherine Rigg, Council of the Haida Nation 
Courtney Scarborough, National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis, UC Santa Barbara 
Adrian Stier, University of California Santa Barbara 
Hilary Thorpe, Parks Canada 
Hilary Walecka, Stanford University Center for Ocean Solutions 
Giida Kuu Juus Walker, Citizen of the Haida Nation 

See the full list of Ocean Tipping Points project contributors.


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  3. Pikitch et al. 2012. Little fish, big impact: Managing a crucial link in ocean food webs. Lenfest Ocean Program. Washington, DC. 108 pp.
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