|Primary Affiliation:||Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment & Resources|
|Office Location:||Y2E2 226|
Cassandra has worked in marine science and public outreach for almost fifteen years. Her writing and research focuses on marine resource exploitation worldwide, from her local New England Rivers to the remote reaches of Antarctica. During her previous graduate work at Moss Landing Marine Laboratories, she studied life history of Antarctic toothfish, one of two species known as “Chilean sea bass.” The Ross Sea population she investigated supports the most remote fishery on Earth.
Cassandra has worked in the lab, underwater, and at sea and has presented her work at conferences and workshops both nationally and internationally, while publishing in peer-reviewed journals. She's toiled as a federal fisheries observer on New England groundfish boats and spent a number of years devoted to wilderness therapy and environmental education throughout the United States. Over the years, she has also worked in traditional ecological knowledge - from uncovering the details of the first documented dam protest in New England to investigating the precolonial cod fishery history.
To gain true expertise in communicating science to the public, Cassandra completed a Graduate Certificate in Science Communication from the University of California, Santa Cruz in 2009. As an established science writer and multi-media producer, she published more than 100 articles and multi-media about marine science, the environment and human well-being in local, national and international outlets. Most recently, she's worked with the Last Ocean Project to produce media and support outreach to promote policy designed to protect ecologically important regions of the globe like the Ross Sea, Antarctica. She's also worked with the Antarctic Ocean Alliance and other non-profits writing policy reports identifying important areas for marine protection in the Antarctic and elsewhere.
Cassandra has now returned to school to pursue a PhD with Stanford University’s Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources. She has proposed to quantify and qualify the tipping points that led to historical conservation action. She plans to study the strategies of indigenous fishers, scholars who have studied the origins of conservation ethics, and bold political efforts like the Antarctic Treaty. She hopes to apply these political, scientific and cultural frameworks to the high seas and other ocean regions in urgent need of sustainable management.
- Ph.D. Environment and Resources. Stanford University. Expected to graduate in 2017.
- Graduate Certificate Science Communication, 2009, University of California, Santa Cruz.
- M.S. Marine Science, 2008, Moss Landing Marine Labs, California State University. Thesis: Radiometric age validation and spatial distribution of the Antarctic toothfish.
- B.S. Biology, 2001, Bates College. Lewiston, Maine. Thesis: Missing Link: Absence of Native American Presence in the Cod fishery history.
- School for Field Studies. Bamfield, British Columbia. Spring 2000. Concentration in environmental fieldwork at the Center for Coastal Rainforest and Fisheries Studies.
- Shoals Marine Laboratory. Appledore Island, ME. Summer 1998. Marine Biology course, field and lab work through Cornell University.
- The Last Ocean Project. Boulder, CO & Christchurch, NZ. 2010 – 2012. News Director. Outreach about the Ross Sea, Antarctica, including assisting with The Last Ocean documentary. Also working to develop and execute high impact media in remote communities (e.g. Bahamas and Raja Ampat, Indonesia). Further, writing, editing and multi-media production for a new online news site dedicated to fisheries and oceans issues.
- Pacific Coast Science and Learning Center, Point Reyes National Seashore, National Park Service. Point Reyes, CA. 2009 – 2012. Science Communication Specialist. Producing science podcasts, videos, and narrated slideshows.
- Antarctic Marine Living Resources (AMLR), NOAA Fisheries. 2006, 2008, & 2011. Research technician on Antarctic zooplankton and finfish survey cruises.
- Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science. 2009–2012. Video producer for the SACNAS Science Video series. Contributing writer for SACNAS biography project and SACNAS News.
- Seattle Times. Seattle, WA. 2010. Kaiser Media Health Fellow. Reported on health and science with an emphasis on minority and diverse communities.
- The Scientist Magazine. 2010. Science writing intern. Writing science articles and producing video for online and print.
- Winds of Change. 2007-2010. Contributing writer and editor. Magazine of the American Indian Science and Engineering Society.
- Stanford University. Stanford, CA. 2009. Science writing intern. Stanford University public information office and Woods Institute for the Environment.
- Santa Cruz Sentinel. Santa Cruz, CA. 2008. Intern. Writing science articles for newspaper.
- San Francisco Exploratorium. 2008. Published field reports from 2008 AMLR cruise for the San Francisco Exploratorium “Ice Stories” program. Also covered the Scientific Committee of Antarctic Research meeting in Saint Petersburg, Russia in July 2008.
- Moss Landing Marine Laboratories. Moss Landing, CA. 2004 – 2008. Graduate Research Assistant on NSF grant, Collaborative Research: Radiometric Age Validation of the Patagonian and Antarctic toothfishes (Dissostichus eleginoides and D. mawsoni). Also, Research Technician on the California Collaborative Fisheries Research Program, tagging fish in and out of marine protected areas off the central California coast.
- Hawaii Audubon Society. 2007– 2008. Honolulu, HI. Graduate Intern for Ocean Awareness Project. Research and writing for marine science curriculum in local schools.
- Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary (MBNMS). Monterey, CA. 2006. Species Database Intern for the MBNMS’s Natural History and Species Database.
- Sanctuary Cruises. Moss Landing, CA. 2004. Whale watch cruises and special charters.
- Naturalists At Large. 2003. Outdoors Educator. Outdoors Educator for California public and private school groups 6th - 12th grade.
- Summit Achievement. Stowe, ME. 2002-2003. Wilderness Therapy Guide. Led backpacking trips throughout ME and NH.
- Student Conservation Association. 2002 and 2003. Crew Leader for high school trail crews in National Parks (Jean LaFitte National Park and Cumberland Gap National Historic Park).
- National Marine Fisheries Service. 2002-2003. Fisheries Observer in New England commercial fishing ports. Biological and economic data collection on long-liners and trawlers.
- Hurricane Island Outward Bound Southern Programs. 2001. Assistant Instructor with adjudicated youth during 30-day canoe wilderness courses throughout Florida waterways.
- Sierra Club and New Hampshire Public Interest Research Group (NHPIRG). 2001. Field Manager. Fundraising about local and national environmental issues.
- Virginia Institute of Marine Science. Gloucester Point, VA. 2000. REU (Research Experience for Undergraduates). Fieldwork and data analysis on Baltic clam and blue crab population dynamics.
- Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory. Salisbury Cover, ME. 1999. REU. Molecular biology research, including genetic sequencing, on green crabs and winter flounder.
- New England Aquarium. 1998. Environmental Education Intern. Outreach in aquarium, including independent projects on watersheds, by-catch and deep-sea fishes.
- Ainley D and C Brooks. In Press. Exploiting the Southern Ocean: Rational Use or Reversion to Tragedy of the Commons? In Exploring Antarctic Values. D. Liggett and A. Hemmings (eds). University of Canterbury, Gateway Antarctica Special Publication Series. Christchurch, New Zealand.
- Ashford J, M Dinniman, C Brooks, A Andrews, E Hofmann, G Cailliet, C Jones and N Ramanna. In Press. Does large-scale circulation structure life history connectivity in Antarctic toothfish (Dissostichus mawsoni)? Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Science.
- Ainley D, C Brooks, J Eastman and M Massaro. 2012. Unnatural selection of Antarctic toothfish in the Ross Sea, Antarctica. In Polar Protection of the Three Poles. F. Heuttemann (ed) Springer (Tokyo, Japan).
- Andrews A, J Ashford, C Brooks, K Krusic-Golub, G Duhamel, M Belchier, C Lundstrom and G Cailliet. 2011. Lead-radium dating provides a framework for coordinating age estimation of Patagonian toothfish (Dissostichus eleginoides) between fishing areas. Marine and Freshwater Research. 62: 781-789.
- Brooks C, A Andrews, J Ashford, G Cailliet, N Ramanna, C Jones, and C Lundstrom. 2011. Age estimation and lead-radium dating of Antarctic toothfish, Dissostichus mawsoni. Polar Biology. 34(3): 329-338.
- Brooks L and C Brooks. 2010. The Reciprocity Principle and ITEK: Understanding the Significance of Indigenous Protest on the Presumpscot. World Futures Journal.
- Gehnrich S and C Brooks. (2000).
Carbonic Anhydrase in gene expression in the gills of the shore crab during acclimation
to low salinity. American Zoologist.
- Antarctic Ocean Legacy: Protection for the East Antarctic coastal region. 2012. Antarctic Ocean Alliance. (Lead author)
- Antarctic Ocean Legacy: A Vision for Circumpolar Protection. 2012. Antarctic Ocean Alliance. (Lead author)
- The Global Threat to
Manta and Mobula Rays. Manta Ray of Hope 2011 Report. 2012. Shark Savers and Wild Aid.
SELECTED POPULAR ARTICLES & MEDIA
- Declining fog in central California? (video). Pacific Coast Science and Learning Center, Point Reyes National Seashore. Sept 2012.
- Stories of a changing climate (video). SACNAS Science Video Podcast. July 2012.
- Making the most of our fossil fuels (video). SACNAS Science Video Podcast. July 2012.
- Peering through a cultural lens (video). SACNAS Science Video Podcast. July 2012.
- Mighty microbes (video). SACNAS Science Video Podcast. July 2012.
- In Search of the Black Abalone (audio slideshow). Pacific Coast Science and Learning Center, Point Reyes National Seashore. Feb 2012.
- A field season in Antarctica (video). Last Ocean Project. Feb 2012.
- Burning Ancient Ocean Life (audio slideshow). Pacific Coast Science and Learning Center, Point Reyes National Seashore. Sept 2011.
- Synthesizing structural beauty (video). SACNAS Science Video Podcast. April 2011.
- Fusing mathematics and biology (video). SACNAS Science Video Podcast. April 2011.
- Mapping the marine environment (video). SACNAS Science Video Podcast. March 2011.
- Engineering healthy and sustainable solutions (video). SACNAS Science Video Podcast. March 2011.
- The Most Remote Fishery on Earth.. Pacific Ecologist. Winter 2011
- Waltzing Stars and Stellar Dust (video). SACNAS Science Video Podcast. July 2011.
- Ocean Acidification: Where will all the seashells go? (video) Pacific Coast Science and Learning Center, Point Reyes National Seashore. Jan 2011.
- Deep-water Corals of Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary (audio slideshow). Pacific Coast Science and Learning Center, Point Reyes National Seashore. Jan 2011.
- A seat at the table: Dissolving the digital divide in Indian Country. SACNAS NEWS. Winter 2010
- Science Interlude: Batty Behavior. The Darwin Awards: Countdown to Extinction. 2010
- A fresh look at whale watching. The Seattle Times, travel section. 02 Sept 2010.
- Meth use among young gay men remains a pervasive problem. The Seattle Times. 26 Aug 2010.
- State may see push for circumcision after evidence shows health benefits. The Seattle Times. 16 Aug 2010.
- United by war, two doctors operate on a high level. The Seattle Times. 31 July 2010.
- At-risk groups urged to get tested for hepatitis B. The Seattle Times. 28 July 2010.
- How much local fish is safe to eat? The Seattle Times. 26 July 2010.
- Fish oil supplements may cut breast-cancer risk. The Seattle Times. 12 July 2010.
- Lake Washington's sockeye run still down. The Seattle Times. 07 July 2010.
- State braces for West Nile outbreak. The Seattle Times. 01 July 2010.
- Getting the word out on HIV testing.The Seattle Times. 24 June 2010.
- NOAA finds new deep-sea habitat off the Olympic Peninsula. The Seattle Times. 23 June 2010.
- First ancient human sequenced. The Scientist. 10 Feb 2010.
- Sperm motility secrets revealed. The Scientist. 04 Feb 2010.
- Understanding the ecology of native Olympia oysters in Tomales Bay (audio slideshow). Pacific Coast Science and Learning Center, Point Reyes National Seashore. 29 Jan. 2010.
- Death cap mushrooms at Point Reyes National Seashore (audio slideshow). Pacific Coast Science and Learning Center, Point Reyes National Seashore. 26 Jan. 2010.
- New findings about Great White Sharks of the North Pacific (audio slideshow). Pacific Coast Science and Learning Center, Point Reyes National Seashore. 29 Jan. 2010.
- Exploring how climate change is impacting the California coast (Two part podcast: Part 1 and Part 2). Pacific Coast Science and Learning Center,Point Reyes National Seashore. 15 Dec. 2009.
- Fishing for the Humboldt squid (audio slideshow). Pacific Coast Science and Learning Center, Point Reyes National Seashore. 24 Nov. 2009.
- A little fellatio goes a long way. ScienceNOW. 30 Oct 2009.
- Delivering Ecstasy. Science Notes. Published online, August 2009 and in the Monterey County Weekly, 30 Apr 2009.
- The SciCom Interview: Jeremy Jackson. Published online Aug 2009.
- Two Worlds Working Together: Forming a Link Between Traditional Knowledge and Western Science (PDF). SACNAS News. Summer/Fall 2009.
- Relocating species in the face of climate change. Stanford Report. 10 June 2009.
- Still no viable alternative for methyl bromide. Santa Cruz Sentinel. 28 May 2009.
- Over-use of fertilizers may be driving cholera pandemic. Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment. May 2009.
- Unintended consequences of the meat industry. Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment. May 2009.
- Scientists find heat-tolerant coral reefs that may resist climate change. Stanford Report. 20 May 2009.
- Rough Seas: The impact of climate change on ocean ecosystems. Stanford Report. 15 Apr 2009 and online.
- No Recovery for Atlantic Cod Population. ScienceNOW. 25 Nov 2008.
- Underwater Oasis. Santa Cruz Sentinel. 24 Nov 2008.
- Scientists lure fishermen into conservation effort. Santa Cruz Sentinel. 09 Nov 2008.
- Study finds chemicals in Californians. Santa Cruz Sentinel. 19 Oct 2008.
- Acidic oceans crank up the volume. Santa Cruz Sentinel. 09 Oct 2008
- Return of the Turtle. Santa Cruz Sentinel. 05 Oct 2008.
- Indigenous Voices in the International Polar Year. Winds of Change. Fall 2008.
- Traditional Ecological Knowledge and Resource Management: Bridging the Gap. Winds of Change. Winter 2007.