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Angela Kemsley

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Angela Kemsley

California Marine Protected Areas Watch Coordinator

Angela coordinates the state-wide Marine Protected Area (MPA) Watch Program, a citizen science-based collaborative that collects scientific data on coastal and marine resource use, informs MPA management and policy decisions, and aids in enforcement of MPA regulations. 

Angela specializes in connecting people with wildlife and engaging local communities in the conservation of their own local areas. She spent several years working as a field ecologist traveling to places like Brazil and Puerto Rico, before transitioning into the field of conservation education, outreach, and networking. She has a diverse professional background ranging from director of a residential environmental school to instructing snorkeling and kayaking trips, to organizing community-based conservation initiatives in Mexico with the San Diego Zoo Global Institute for Conservation Research.

Angela holds degrees in Ecology and Biological Anthropology from the University of California San Diego, as well as a Master’s Degree in Biology from a joint program administered by Miami University of Ohio and San Diego Zoo Global. 

Angela grew up at the beaches in San Diego and conserving coastal and marine ecosystems and wildlife has been a life goal since she was a little girl. As an experienced SCUBA diver and travel enthusiast Angela is constantly on the lookout for the next great trip that will allow her to explore more of our beautiful world.