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Contact COAST

Mailing Address
CSU COAST
Building 53
California State University, Monterey Bay 
100 Campus Center
Seaside, CA 93955

​Staff
​Dr. Krista​ Kamer
Director

415-518-2161
kkamer@csumb.edu

Dr. Krista Kamer has led the development of COAST since its inception in 2008, and has served as the program's director since 2011. As the Director she oversees all of COAST's activities with emphasis on implementing programmatic initiatives to serve CSU faculty members and students, increasing student success, developing st​rategic partnerships and engaging stakeholders, and pursuing extramural funding. Krista joined the CSU in 2003 and initially helped coordinate two large, multi-year, multi-million dollar ocean observing programs in California. Prior to her work with the CSU, she was a project scientist at the Southern California Coastal Water Research Project. Krista has a strong background in marine ecology, field work and experimental design. She earned her PhD in biology from the University of California, Los Angeles and a BA in biology from Connecticut College. Krista lives in Southern California with her husband and son and enjoys hiking and exploring the cultural diversity of Los Angeles.
Ms. Amy Vierra
Policy and Communications Consultant​
​​415-806-2666

avierra@csumb.edu​

​​​​​​​​M​s. Amy Vierra has over 15 years of professional experience in ocean and coastal policy. Prior to joining COAST, Amy served as Deputy Director of the California Ocean Protection Council where she supervised a team of 10 analysts, oversaw $50 million in state bond funds, and managed a $2 million annual budget. In her role with the Natural Resources Agency, Amy served as a Commissioner on the SF Bay Conservation and Development Commission and worked on initiatives such as the West Coast Governors’ Agreement on Ocean Health and the “Th​ank You Ocean” Campaign. Amy was part of the team who helped implement the Marine Life Protection Act in the first study region, the Central Coast. Amy has a Masters in Public Policy and a Masters of Science from UC Berkeley and a B.S. in Ecology, Evolution, and Behavioral Ecology from UC San Diego. Amy, her husband, and two kids live in Sacramento where you can often find them at the pool trying to stay cool.
Ms. Kimberly Jassowski
Program Support Coordinator ​
​831-582-4209 

kjassowski@csumb.edu​​

​​​Kim_eelgrass.jpgKimberly Jassowski, who joined COAST as the Program Support Coordinator in February 2019, has a strong background in marine research, conservation, and restoration. While earning her Bachelors in Biology with an emphasis in Marine Biology at San Diego State University, she assisted the research of various COAST funded graduate students at the SDSU Coastal and Marine Institute. After graduating, Kimberly served as an AAUS Scientific Diver, furthering marine research and restoration project goals for multiple Non-Profit Organizations. During Orange County Coastkeeper’s Living Shorelines Project, Kimberly was part of the dive team responsible for monitoring and transplanting donor eelgrass into damaged habitats. She also performed numerous underwater surveys, tracking the health of California’s rocky reefs and kelp forest ecosystems, during her work with Reefcheck and LA Waterkeeper. Before moving to Monterey in 2019, Kimberly worked as a Marine Educator for the Ocean Institute and the Laguna Ocean Foundation and was a Diver at the Aquarium of the Pacific. Kimberly can often be found scuba diving in Monterey’s beautiful ecosystems or helping others achieve their research goals during her free time. 

Ms. Lindsay Cooper
Program Assistant ​
831-582-4748

lcooper@csumb.edu​​​​

LCooper_boating.jpgLindsay joined COAST as the newest Program Assistant in February 2019, where she will help with Student and Faculty Funding Programs, organizing COAST events, and managing all COAST social media outlets. Lindsay is currently completing her MS in marine science in the Phycology Lab at Moss Landing Marine Labs, studying the physiology of a local understory kelp species. She earned her BS in marine biology from California State University, Northridge. During this time, she was able to participate in the Catalina Semester at the Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies. It was there that she decided that she wanted to pursue her graduate degree.  Since 2015, she has worked in the MLML/MBARI Research Library, aiding faculty, students, and staff with access to resources. She is a NAUI Science Diver and enjoys helping her colleagues with field research. Lindsay currently lives in the Monterey Bay with her boyfriend, two bunnies, and turtle, enjoying coastal living. One of her favorite past times is standup paddle boarding in the Elkhorn Slough, quietly observing all of the local wildlife.​