Save The Bay Welcomes Restoration Scientist Hayley Zemel to Habitat Restoration Team

April 8, 2014

Save The Bay, the largest regional organization working to protect and restore San Francisco Bay, is pleased to welcome Hayley Zemel to its restoration staff. Hayley is a multidisciplinary scientist with a background in community organizing and communications.  

Hayley brings a strong technical foundation in restoration science and toxicology, a passion for collaboration, and a talent for designing research projects. Hayley will develop Save The Bay’s tidal marsh restoration site plans to facilitate the regional goal of 100,000 acres of tidal marsh throughout the San Francisco Bay.

“We are thrilled to welcome Hayley to our team,” said Donna Ball, Save The Bay’s Habitat Restoration Director. “Her solid background in science coupled with her ability to work with and communicate scientific information to the public will be a huge asset to our ongoing work of restoring the Bay shoreline with a cadre of volunteers.”

“I am especially excited to tap into one of Save The Bay’s greatest resources, the thousands of trained volunteers, to develop and expand our citizen science capabilities,” said Hayley. “I want to bolster the potential for data collected by our volunteers to be used to help us adaptively manage our restoration sites.”  

Hayley came to the Bay Area on a California Sea Grant Fellowship to work with the California Ocean Science Trust (OST), helping California integrate science into state policy and natural resource management plans. Most recently she worked as an organizer for the California King Tides Initiative (CKTI), where she helped to advance public education and civic engagement around the hazards associated with sea level rise and raised the profile of the CKTI in the eyes of California ocean and coastal managers who develop sea level rise adaptation strategies. Hayley has also worked as the Restoration and Monitoring Coordinator for Tidal Influence, a wetland restoration firm that is working to create a healthy network of wetlands in Southern California through restoration at numerous sites in the area. Hayley holds an M.S. degree in Wetland and Marine Ecotoxicology from CSU Long Beach, where she worked with Dr. Kevin Kelley to better understand the effects of contaminants on the physiology of wetland and marine fish species.

 Hayley joins Save The Bay’s team of five restoration scientists and restoration education specialists who work with volunteers from middle and high schools, corporations, and the public at large to restore habitat at seven sites along the shoreline of San Francisco Bay.

 About Save The Bay

Save The Bay is the largest regional organization working to protect, restore and celebrate San Francisco Bay since 1961. Save The Bay engages more than 50,000 supporters, advocates, and volunteers to protect the Bay from pollution and reckless shoreline development and make it cleaner and healthier for people and wildlife. Save The Bay is leading a region-wide effort to re-establish 100,000 acres of tidal marsh that are essential for a healthy Bay. Volunteers from the community, local businesses, and schools work with our science team to perform hands-on restoration of the Bay shoreline. Save The Bay inspires the next generation of Bay activists through our award-winning restoration education programs. www.saveSFbay.org. Save The Bay is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

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