Lindsey Kraatz

Lindsey has an interdisciplinary background with experience in science and policy, having worked in academia and both the executive and legislative branches of federal government. Lindsey currently serves as the Fisheries Program Coordination Officer for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Before her time at NOAA Fisheries, Lindsey served as a senior advisor to the agency’s Chief Scientist and acting Assistant Secretary for Conservation and Management assisting with multiple research and policy based projects, including the development of the first ever NOAA Chief Scientist’s Annual Report and the NOAA Resilience Framework. She previously worked as Ocean and Coastal Policy Advisor for Rep. Mike Thompson (D-CA) as a Knauss Marine Policy Fellow in 2012 and then transitioned to full time staff on the Hill, serving as a Legislative Assistant and acting Legislative Director for Representative Ami Bera (D-CA). Additionally, Lindsey served as the Legislative Representative at the Coastal States Organization, a non-governmental organization that works with the state coastal zone managers to develop and implement national coastal and ocean policy.

Lindsey earned a B.S. in Marine Science from Eckerd College and a Ph.D. in Physical and Geological Oceanography at the Virginia Institute of Marine Sciences/ College of William and Mary. Her research focused on sediment transport in the York River of the Chesapeake Bay at the interface of marine geology, benthic biology, and physical oceanography. Additionally, Lindsey was a guest on NPR’s “With Good Reason” to talk about her collaborative “Draw A Scientist/ Who’s A Scientist” Project. She is an avid SCUBA diver and traveler, and enjoys getting outdoors as much as possible.

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