Becca earned her PhD at the Bren School of Environmental Science and Management, where she was advised by Steve Gaines. Broadly, she is drawn to questions that address how to best utilize our ocean resources while conserving, and even enhancing, marine ecosystems. Her research interests include sustainable aquaculture development, aquaculture and fisheries interactions, marine spatial planning, and food security. Becca’s dissertation focuses on the potential for marine aquaculture development and the constraints (both ecological and socio-economic) that may limit development. Additionally, she is involved in research to investigate how marine offshore aquaculture can best be integrated into spatial management of the oceans, considering its impact on other uses of the environment and its effect on marine ecosystems. Before starting her PhD, Becca worked in fisheries and aquaculture policy at the New Zealand Ministry of Fisheries and at the California Ocean Science Trust. She received her Bachelor’s Degree from Northwestern University and Masters Degrees (in both Environmental Science and Journalism) from Columbia University.