About Us

The LiMPETS network was created in 2002 when the National Marine Sanctuaries of the West Coast worked together to streamline their intertidal student monitoring programs. Student-friendly protocols for monitoring rocky intertidal and sandy beach ecosystems were developed with the expertise of Dr. John Pearse, Dr. Jennifer Salzman, and many others. The LiMPETS network is a collaborative effort among California’s National Marine Sanctuaries, Farallones Marine Sanctuary Association, Marine Science Institute at the University of California at Santa Barbara, and the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History.

Meet the LiMPETS team:

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    Abby Nickels

    Abby Nickels is the LiMPETS Program Manager for the Greater Farallones region. She works for the Farallones Marine Sanctuary Association and teaches middle, high school, college students and local citizen groups how to participate in the LiMPETS program. Abby earned her B.S. in Marine Biology from the University of California Santa Cruz and her M.S. in Marine Resource Management from Oregon State University.


    Ann Wasser

    Ann Wasser is the Education Director for the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary region. She works for the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History, a key LiMPETS partner in the Central Coast region. She trains teachers and supports existing LiMPETS teachers and students in their monitoring efforts.

  • Claire Johnson Fackler

    Claire Fackler

    Claire Fackler supports the LiMPETS as the network coordinator. Based in Santa Barbara, California, she works on regional, national and international education programs for the NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries to inspire ocean and climate literacy and conservation, as well as to bring the ocean into classrooms.

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    Emily Gottlieb

    Emily Gottlieb is the Program Coordinator for the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary region based out of the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History. She trains and supports teachers and students with the LiMPETS monitoring protocol. She earned her BA from Oberlin College and her master’s from Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UCSD.

  • Jessie Alstatt

    Jessie Alstatt

    Jessie Alstatt helps to coordinate LiMPETS for the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary and is the Coordinator for the Torch Oil Spill Rocky Intertidal Education and Outreach Project. She has also worked with the MARINe network conducting monitoring of intertidal sites throughout southern California since 1992.

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    John Pearse

    John Pearse is a retired biology professor at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He taught courses and did research in kelp forest and intertidal ecology in central California at the University for 26 years before devoting his time to help develop the LiMPETS program. He is also the president of the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology.

  • Julie Bursek

    Julie Bursek

    Julie Bursek coordinates LiMPETS for the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary region, which includes Santa Barbara, Ventura and Los Angeles counties. She is the Education Coordinator for the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary and works with southern California educators in the LiMPETS network.

  • Monika Krach

    Monika Krach

    Monika Lynn Krach is the LiMPETS Science Education and Technology Manager located at the Greater Farallones office. Monika manages the LiMPETS website and database and creates educational materials including interactive games and online resources. She earned her undergraduate degree from Princeton University and a Master’s degree from Scripps Institution of Oceanography.