Conservation Science Fellowship

Greater Farallones Association (GFA) is proud to host its first Conservation Science Fellowship program in 2022, supporting college students or early-career professionals from backgrounds underrepresented in the sciences. This paid fellowship was made possible through grant support from JW & HM Goodman Family Foundation.

The GFA Conservation Science Fellowship provides a well-rounded experience for young scientists to train in multiple ecological field methods, data management, data analysis, statistical modeling, and reporting recommendations to managers. They are provided the opportunity to directly interface with coastal resource managers, scientists, and restoration practitioners, while working on projects related to ocean conservation and national marine sanctuaries. A key goal of this fellowship is to elevate underrepresented voices in marine science and help diversify the field of conservation.

With close collaboration and mentorship provided by GFA’s Conservation Science staff, the 2022 fellow integrated data from two community science programs operated in partnership with the Sanctuaries: Beach Watch and LiMPETS.

    • Beach Watch connects 150 volunteers annually to the ocean and has assisted in the early detection of and rapid response to natural and human-caused environmental events. Beach Watch monitors over 300 species of birds and 30 marine mammals that are important sentinel indicators of ecosystem health, as well as documents oil and human uses, along the North-central California coast.
    • LiMPETS (Long-term Monitoring Program and Experiential Training for Students) involves high school students in a meaningful scientific endeavor and increases their awareness of, and interest in, the marine environment. Students are immersed in a scientific fieldwork experience. They acquire and practice valuable observational and data-collection skills while learning about the scientific process, ecosystems, and how scientists understand and monitor coastal habitats.

For questions about the Conservation Science Fellowship, please contact Kirsten Lindquist at

Greater Farallones Association (GFA) is a 501c3 nonprofit organization working in partnership with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to conserve the ecosystems of Greater Farallones and Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuaries.

2022 Fellow

Margie Glenn, 2022 Greater Farallones Association Fellow

Margie Glenn

From a young age, Margie has fostered a passion for studying biology and marine ecosystems, despite growing up in the Arizona desert. She earned a MS in Animal Ecology from Lund University and is currently seeking a second MS in Data Science. With her second love of data analysis, she has greatly enjoyed working with GFA to leverage long-term Beach Watch and LiMPETS data to inform ecological impacts of restoration. In her free time, Margie enjoys swimming, knitting, and taking care of her two mischievous cats, Ruby and Opal.

“Being a fellow with GFA has been an extremely rewarding and valuable experience. While receiving great mentorship and working collaboratively with other scientists, I enjoyed developing my skills as a data scientist and learning more about environmental monitoring and management.” – Margie Glenn, 2022