Dr. Theresa Talley, Coastal Specialist, California Sea Grant Extension Program, Scripps Institution of Oceanography

Theresa is a marine ecologist who moved to San Diego in 1988 from New England to get her Master’s Degree in Biology from San Diego State—and she never left. She was a coastal researcher at Scripps Institution of Oceanography for many years, married her husband, Drew, earned a PhD in Ecology from U.C. Davis, and now lives with Drew and their daughter, Anna, in North Park. Theresa is currently a Coastal Specialist with California Sea Grant at Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Coastal Specialists work with the coastal community to identify pressing problems and potential opportunities, conduct applied scientific research, and then share that information with the community to help to develop science-based solutions. Her interest in local seafood emerged from a personal curiosity about why it seemed so difficult to buy San Diego-sourced seafood in San Diego, and from conversations with fishermen and aquafarmers about their visions for strengthening their industries, and their views on the barriers to achieving those goals. Her work on local seafood has been part of a larger team effort, with fishermen, aquafarmers, scientists, non-profits, local media, restaurateurs, and local, regional and state governments all coming together to improve the accessibility of the wide variety of San Diego’s (and California’s) responsibly sourced seafood.