Born in Monterey, California, Ian spent his teenage years living in the greater Washington, D.C. area before deciding to return to the west coast for college. He attended the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he graduated with a BS in Aquatic Biology and minors in Science and Math Education and Spatial Science. He then undertook graduate coursework at the Bren School for Environmental Science & Management with an emphasis in Coastal Marine Resources Management. His group master’s thesis investigated the feasibility of developing commercial seaweed aquaculture in Southern California, identifying local candidate species and synergies with extant shellfish mariculture to jumpstart the industry. Ian’s academic interests lie at the nexus of marine science, data visualization, and public education. Through his role with emLab, Ian leverages these passions in providing data and policy analytical support to collaborative marine spatial planning initiatives around the globe.