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Cheryl Butner




  • MBA, Southern New Hampshire University, 2020
  • MA International Environmental Policy, Monterey Institute of International Studies, 2007
  • BA Spanish Literature and Culture, U.C. Irvine, 1995
  • Studied abroad at Universitat de Barcelona, Spain, 1993-1994

Hopkins Marine Station Research: 


  • Fisheries Sustainability
  • Ocean Policy and Conservation in California & Northwestern Mexico
  • Marine Mammals – in particular, the critically endangered Vaquita Porpoise
  • Bilingual Environmental Education - Spanish & English
  • Sustainable Tourism & Ecotourism
  • Social Media, Communications, & Marketing
  • Photography


  • Jorgensen, S.J., F. Micheli, F. Ferretti, T.D. White, J. Alfaro, S. Andrzejaczek, N. Arnoldi, J. Baum, B. Block, G.L. Britten, C. Butner, et al. 2022. Emergent research and priorities for shark and ray conservation. Endangered Species Research 47: 171-203.
  • Micheli, F., G. De Leo, C. Butner, R.G. Martone, G. Shester. 2014. A risk-based framework for assessing the cumulative impact of multiple fisheries. Biological Conservation 176: 224–235.
  • Micheli, F., G. De Leo, G.G. Shester, R.G. Martone, S. Lluch-Cota, C. Butner, L.B. Crowder, R. Fujita, S. Gelcich, M. Jain, S.E. Lester, B. McCay, R. Pelc, A. Sáenz-Arroyo. 2014. A system-wide approach to supporting improvement in seafood production practices and outcomes. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 12(5): 297-305.  

Work Experience:

  • NOAA Office for Coastal Management (current position)
  • Comunidad y Biodiversidad (COBI), Mexico
  • NOAA National Marine Protected Areas Center, Monterey, CA
  • Centro Intercultural de Estudios de Desiertos y Oceanos (CEDO), Puerto Peñasco, Sonora, Mexico
  • Save The Whales, Seaside, CA
  • ¡Viva Vaquita!, Monterey, CA