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Meet Our Team

Tegan Hoffmann

Tegan Churcher Hoffmann, Ph.D.

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As Vice President of Blue Earth Consultants, a Division of ERG, Dr. Tegan Hoffmann leads the team of professionals and oversees all client projects. With 20 years of professional experience, she works with communities, non-governmental organizations, foundations, academic institutions, and governments to provide the best ideas and consulting services that help improve resource management and sustainable practices around the world.

Dr. Hoffmann’s strengths lie in her ability to draw connections, create synergies, and conceive cutting-edge solutions. She performs all project and operational oversight and specializes in the services of the firm – strategic and business planning; governance, institutional arrangements, and organizational design; monitoring, evaluation, and learning; funding and long-term financing; meeting design, stakeholder engagement, and technical facilitation; strategic communications; and, next/best practices, with expertise in terrestrial and marine sustainable resource management and conservation. With a portfolio of more than 150 completed projects, she has provided consulting and advisory services for numerous clients across sectors. Example clients include David and Lucile Packard Foundation, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, Walton Family Foundation, Environmental Defense Fund, The Nature Conservancy, Wildlife Conservation Society, Monterey Bay Aquarium, Ecotrust, Global Environment Fund, Mexican Fund for Nature Conservation (FMCN), Rare, the Center for Ocean Solutions at Stanford University, Scripps Institute of Oceanography, State of California, State of Oregon, UNESCO, NOAA, and many others. Dr. Hoffmann has experience designing solutions in the U.S. and internationally, with extensive experience in the U.S. West and East Coasts, Southeast Asia, the Pacific, Mexico, and the Mesoamerican Reef/Wider Caribbean region.

Dr. Hoffmann holds a Masters and Ph.D. in Geography and a Bachelor of Science in Conservation Resource Studies from the University of California Berkeley. She received numerous awards and research grants for her work from organizations including the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s STAR Fellowship, NOAA, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, University California’s Pacific Rim Research Program, the U.S. Indonesia Society, and others.

Prior to consulting, Dr. Hoffmann was the Director of Programs for the Coral Reef Alliance, where she led a team of five, managed, and evaluated all of the organization’s coral reef conservation and education programs.

Dr. Hoffmann is a founding member of the UC Berkeley Environmental Alumni Network, a board member of U.C. Berkeley’s College of Natural Resources Alumni Board and Coastal Quest, and a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Society of Woman Geographers, and International Coral Reef Society. Dr. Hoffmann has published on a wide range of related topics.

Click here to view Dr. Hoffmann’s April 2012 interview about Blue Earth Consultants’ role in sustainable resource management and conservation on the national radio talk show Lady Brain.

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Selected Publications

Kelsey Jacobsen

Kelsey Jacobsen

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Kelsey Jacobsen brings expertise and in-country experience in marine science, policy, and resource management. Ms. Jacobsen has more than six years of experience in marine and coastal projects with various sectors, including non-profit, academic research, and government. Ms. Jacobsen supports and assists in the development of firm projects with specialization in research, writing, analysis, science integration, federal marine policy, marine spatial planning, and sustainable fisheries and aquaculture.

Ms. Jacobsen holds a Master’s of Environmental Science and Management from the Bren School of Environmental Science & Management at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies from Connecticut College. For her Master’s thesis, she led a group of six colleagues on in-depth research and analysis of the environmental and socioeconomic impacts of expanding industrial offshore salmon farms into the Patagonian region of Chile. In addition to Chile, Ms. Jacobsen has performed projects and/or in-country research in the U.S. East and West Coasts, Hawaii, the Caribbean, Belize, Senegal, Zanzibar, Comoros Islands, and Indonesia.

Before joining Blue Earth Consultants, Ms. Jacobsen completed a Sea Grant Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship working in the Washington, DC office of Congresswoman Lois Capps (CA-24). In that role, she advised the Congresswoman on federal ocean legislation and policies on topics including fisheries, seafood traceability, ocean acidification, whale and shark conservation, aquaculture, National Marine Sanctuaries, and climate change. Ms. Jacobsen has also worked as a Project Manager with the University of California, Santa Barbara’s Sustainable Fisheries Group, where she collaborated with NGOs, academic researchers, government, and foundations to implement innovative fishery improvement projects in California and abroad. She has also performed in-depth research on the economic benefits of ocean industries worldwide for the Ocean Health Index, and researched the supply chain impacts of implementing catch share management for fisheries.

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Jennifer Lam

Jennifer Lam

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Jennifer Lam brings over seven years of experience in conservation science, natural resource management, and project coordination. Ms. Lam has worked with variety of sectors including academic institutions, non-profit organizations, private businesses, and government. As a part of the team, Ms. Lam supports and assists in the development of firm projects with specialization in research, evaluation, data analysis, survey development, science integration, stakeholder engagement, watershed health, and invasive species.

Ms. Lam holds a Master of Science in Marine Resource Management and a Bachelor of Science in General Science both from Oregon State University. Her Master’s thesis titled, “Dose of Reality: What can We Learn from Educational and Veterinary Pet Owners to Guide More Effective Environmental Stewardship of Pharmaceutical and Personal Care Products (PPCPs)?” examined the human dimensions of pharmaceuticals and personal care products in the environment in Washington, Oregon, and Southern California. In addition to the U.S. West Coast, Ms. Lam has performed projects and/or in-country research in the U.S. East/Gulf Coasts, Great Lakes, Wider Caribbean (U.S. Virgin Islands, Barbados, Belize, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago), Canada, and Japan.

Before joining Blue Earth Consultants, Ms. Lam worked for Oregon Sea Grant as the Watershed and Invasive Species Education Research Analyst. In that role, she developed watershed health and invasive species education/outreach publication tools and helped coordinate and deliver stakeholder workshops and trainings. Ms. Lam has also worked as an Evaluation Consultant with the Network of Oregon Watershed Councils, where she assessed and measured workshop and conference performance and identified areas to improve program effectiveness. She has also performed comprehensive research on sustainable business practices and binational natural resource legislation to inform an aquatic invasive species risk analysis.

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Diana Pietri

Diana Pietri, Ph.D.

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As a member of the team since 2015, Dr. Pietri brings over eight years of experience in marine science, policy, and management. Her primary expertise is in marine and coastal management and policy, science integration, collaborative processes, community-based resource management, and protected areas. Dr. Pietri has worked for a variety of sectors, including non-profit, academic, and government. As part of the team, Dr. Pietri supports and assists in the development of firm projects with specializations in natural and social science research methods; monitoring, evaluation, and learning; science integration; area based management and spatial planning; capacity building; sustainable fisheries management; and climate change impacts, policy, and solution strategies.

Dr. Pietri holds a Ph.D. from the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences at University of Washington, a Master’s of Marine Affairs from the School of Marine and Environmental Affairs at University of Washington, and a Bachelor of Arts in Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology from Columbia University. For her Ph.D. thesis, she conducted in-depth qualitative and quantitative analysis on the role of social capital in and effectiveness of collaborative ecosystem management networks in the Philippines and the Coral Triangle region (Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, the Solomon Islands, and Timor Leste). In addition to her work in the Philippines and the Coral Triangle, Dr. Pietri has also performed projects and/or in-country research in the U.S. East and West Coasts, the Western Pacific, Belize, Costa Rica, the Eastern Caribbean, and Brazil. She received numerous awards and research grants for her work from organizations including the Fulbright Student Program, the National Science Foundation Integrated Graduate Education and Research Traineeship Program, the Seattle Chapter of the Achievement Rewards for College Scientists Program, University of Washington’s Graduate Opportunities Minority Advancement Program, and others.

Prior to joining Blue Earth Consultants, Dr. Pietri worked as a program manager for the California Ocean Science Trust. In that role, she worked to improve the integration of science and policy for California managers and scientists, including managing a study on the decommissioning of California’s offshore oil and gas platforms, designing protocols for expert peer review of state scientific studies, and coordinating and overseeing multiple expert scientific committees. Dr. Pietri has also worked as a consultant for EcoAdapt, where she researched and co-authored a report on climate impacts and potential adaptation solutions to fisheries in the United States and territories. During her PhD studies, Dr. Pietri was the Philippine field coordinator for the U.S. Coral Triangle Initiative Learning Project, where she applied social surveys and interviews to help assess lessons learned from U.S. investment in The Coral Triangle Initiative on Coral Reefs, Fisheries, and Food Security, an ambitious multi-national marine governance effort.

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Selected Publications

  • Christie, P., Pietri, D., Stevenson, T. C., Pollnac, R., Knight, M., White, A. T. In review. Improving human and environmental conditions through the Coral Triangle Initiative: Progress and challenges. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability.
  • Pietri, D, A. Score, R. M. Gregg, and L.J. Hansen. 2014, In press. Climate Impacts to Fisheries in the United State and Territories. EcoAdapt, Bainbridge Island, WA.
  • Pietri, D. M., Stevenson, T. C., Christie, P. “Strengthening capacity through a regional learning network: The Coral Triangle Initiative and regional exchanges.” Global Environmental Change, 33: 165-176.
  • Hauser, D.W., Tobin, E. D., Feifel, K. M., Shah, V., Pietri, D.M. 2015. Disciplinary reporting affects the interpretation of climate change impacts in global oceans. Global Change Biology, doi:10.1111/gcb.12978.
  • Pietri, D., Gurney, G., Benitez-Vina, N., Kuklok, A., Maxwell, S. M., Vina, M. A., Whiting, L., Jenkins, L. D. 2013. Practical Recommendations to Help Students Bridge the Research-Implementation Gap and Promote Conservation. Conservation Biology, 27: 958-967.
  • Pietri, D., McAfee, S., Mace, A., Knight, E., Rogers, L., Chornesky, E. 2011. Using Science to Inform Controversial Issues: A Case Study from the California Ocean Science Trust. Coastal Management Journal, 39: 296-316.
  • Pietri, D. Christie, P., Pollnac, R., Diaz, R., Sabonsolin, A. 2009. Information Diffusion in Two Marine Protected Area Networks in the Central Visayas Region, Philippines. Coastal Management Journal, 37: 331-348.
  • Pietri, D., Soule, A. B., Kershner, J., Soles, P., Sullivan, M. 2008. The Arctic shipping and environmental management agreement: A regime for marine pollution. Coastal Management Journal, 36: 508-523.

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Sylvia Chang

Sylvia Chang

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As a member of team since 2015, Sylvia Chang brings over five years of experience in marine science, policy, and management. Ms. Chang has worked with a variety of sectors, including academic institutions, non-profit organizations, and government. At Blue Earth, Ms. Chang supports and assists in the implementation and delivery of projects for our clients with specialization in research, data analysis, evaluation, survey development, coastal and ocean conservation, and area-based management.

Ms. Chang holds a Masters of Environmental Management from the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University, and a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Sciences from the University of California, Berkeley. For her Master’s project, she worked as a consultant for the Government of Belize and conducted a preliminary analysis of the blue carbon capacity of Belizean mangroves through an ecological, economic, and policy lens, providing the first in-country estimates of blue carbon. In that role, she designed and implemented sampling and analysis methods for mangrove sediment carbon and identified factors influencing the feasibility of a blue carbon offsets project in Belize. In addition to her experience in Belize, Ms. Chang has conducted research on marine conservation issues in the U.S. East and West Coasts and Caribbean.

Prior to joining the Blue Earth team, Ms. Chang worked on spatial analysis projects related to California’s groundwater in Kings and Fresno Counties, Hawaiian spinner dolphin presence at four resting bays, and marine spatial planning in the U.S. East Coast.

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Charlotte Dohrn

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A member of the Blue Earth team since 2015, Charlotte Dohrn brings more than three years of experience in marine science and resource management. Ms. Dohrn has worked with academic institutions, policy organizations, and industry in research and program support roles. At Blue Earth, Ms. Dohrn supports the team through research, interviews, data analysis, writing, and client services support.

Ms. Dohrn holds a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Analysis from Pomona College. For her undergraduate senior thesis, she conducted independent research on community-based fisheries management and visited coastal towns in Alaska, Oregon, and California to conduct interviews with fishermen, scientists, and community members. At Pomona College, Ms. Dohrn also researched the political economy of overfishing in Senegal and obstacles to sustainable coffee production in rural Brazil.

Before joining the Blue Earth team, Ms. Dohrn worked as a field technician studying salmon ecology in Bristol Bay, Alaska, where she worked with staff scientists on fishery research and monitoring to contribute to long-term datasets. She has also worked on climate action issues with NextGen Climate, and as a professional oyster shucker in San Francisco.

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Alyssa Dykman

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Alyssa Dykman brings experience in an array of marine science, policy, and sustainable natural resource management issues. Ms. Dykman has worked with a variety of sectors, including academic institutions, non-profit organizations, and government. At Blue Earth, Ms. Dykman supports the team through research, data analysis, writing, survey development, and general client services support.

Prior to joining Blue Earth, Ms. Dykman worked on marine conservation research and outreach projects related to coral reef vulnerability in Australia, community-supported fisheries in North Carolina, and marine protected area management in California, Guam and Palau. In those international and regional roles, she worked to improve best practices and adaptive management schemes, create stakeholder engagement strategies, and develop and implement monitoring and evaluation frameworks.

Ms. Dykman holds a Masters of Environmental Management from the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University, and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Southern California. For her Master’s project, she worked as a consultant for North Carolina Sea Grant and developed a sustainable tourism management framework for the Outer Banks National Scenic Byway. In this role, she established indicators of sustainability through an ecological, economical, and societal approach, and conducted descriptive and geospatial analyses. In addition, Ms. Dykman was a Coastal Policy Fellow for North Carolina Sea Grant, where she determined the motivations of visitors to the Outer Banks through an original survey instrument and analysis.

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