Aric Bickel


Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute

7700 Sandholdt Road

Moss Landing, CA 95039

Phone: (831) 775-1987


Current Role

I am the program manager for the Central and Northern California Ocean Observing System (CeNCOOS), which receives funding from NOAA and other sources to operate the nation’s ocean observing system between Point Conception, CA and the Oregon border.  My work focuses on the governance of the system, management of our funded projects, and linking the data we collect about the ocean to resource managers, policy makers, and other users.  You can find more information about CeNCOOS at

Previous Work and Current Interests:

After completing a Master’s degree in Marine Affairs and Policy at the University of Miami, I spent 5 years working in the Western and South Pacific.  This work included mitigating non-point source pollution impacts to coral reefs and establishing locally managed marine protected areas (LMMAs) to reduce fishing pressure and increase resilience within these ecosystems.

I have a particular interest in applied science and translating research into sound resource management and policy decisions.  Other areas of interest include: Methodologies for stakeholder outreach and engagement; Long-term conservation and organizational planning; Social-ecological systems; Incorporation of traditional environmental knowledge (TEK) into resource management and policy making.

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