Dr. Katie Cramer is an Associate Research Professor and program lead for coral reef conservation at the Center for Biodiversity Outcomes at Arizona State University and an Ocean Science Fellow at the Center for Oceans at Conservation International. Katie is a marine conservation ecologist whose work reconstructs long-term change in marine ecosystems and predicts their future states to motivate and inform conservation. Her current research is focused on improving the health of coral reef ecosystems by pinpointing the social and ecological mechanisms of recent declines and identifying market-based strategies that can improve the sustainability of coral reef fisheries. Her work is interdisciplinary, spanning the fields of marine ecology, marine policy, paleobiology, and social science.

Katie received her PhD in oceanography from Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Prior to joining Arizona State University, she was a Knauss Marine Policy Fellow in the US Senate, an ecologist at Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network, and a Postdoctoral Fellow at Smithsonian Institution and Scripps Institution of Oceanography.



Zac Whaley is an undergraduate at Arizona State University studying Conservation Biology, Global Health, and Political Science. Zac is a conservation biologist who has a passion for the intersectionality of ecosystem health, human health, and politics. His current research in the Cramer Lab is focused on historical trends in coastal water quality and their effect on coral reef health in the Caribbean.