Marine Ecologist & Director
Romberg Tiburon Center, SF State
Karina Nielsen is Director of the Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies, San Francisco State’s center for marine and estuarine research and education located on the shore of SF Bay. She earned her BS from Brooklyn College, City University of New York in 1992 and her PhD from Oregon State University in 1998. Karina was awarded a postdoctoral fellowship by the National Science Foundation’s International Program at Universidad Católica’s Estación Costera de Investigaciones Marinas in Chile, and then by the Partnership for Interdisciplinary Studies of Coastal Oceans (PISCO). She was a Professor of Biology at Sonoma State University for 11 years before joining SF State.
Dr. Nielsen’s research focuses on the ecology and conservation of coastal ecosystems. She is interested in how changing ocean and climate conditions, and human activities and management choices affect rocky shore, sandy beach and salt marsh ecosystems. Dr. Nielsen is actively engaged in bringing science to the table to inform marine policy and management decisions. Her service work includes serving as co-chair of the California Ocean Protection Council’s Science Advisory Team, as a member of the Governing Council for the Central and Northern California Ocean Observing System and as a member of the management advisory board for the SF Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve.