As the Director of Watershed Programs for The Bay Foundation, Karina develops, manages, and implements federal, state, and non-profit grants to implement the Bay Restoration Plan, which strives to clean up waterways and create healthy habitats in the Los Angeles region. She is currently managing multiple projects to restore and monitor the Bay’s coastal habitats, including wetlands, dunes, beaches, and streams. She also developed and oversees LMU’s Center for Santa Monica Bay Studies’ multi-university internship program. Karina has extensive experience developing, implementing, and directing scientific research programs. She earned her master’s degree in ecology at James Cook University in Townsville, Australia, and her Bachelors of Science in aquatic biology with a minor in geology from UCSB. Karina is also a Board Certified Environmental Scientist, with a Biology specialty (American Academy of Environmental Scientists). Most recently, she was elected as Treasurer on the Board of Directors of the Southern California Academy of Sciences.