Kristen is a PhD student in the Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources. Her PhD research examines the socio-economic, cultural, and environmental drivers that stimulate stakeholder engagement in Alaskan communities. She is interested in how communities highly dependent on coastal resources might adapt and maintain resiliency in the face of climate change. Prior to beginning her PhD, Kristen worked for six years as biologist and fishery manager for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game where she designed fisheries management strategies and communicated policies for the commercial groundfish and shellfish fisheries in Southeast Alaska. She has extensive experience collaborating with local stakeholders on issues of small-scale fisheries, marine resource use, and developing harvest policies. She holds a Master's in Marine Science with an emphasis in Ichthyology from Moss Landing Marine Labs and a B.S. in Aquatic Biology from UC Santa Barbara.