Clifton Herrmann is an interdisciplinary scientist with experience in marine and coastal assessment and monitoring. He notably used GIS to conduct a bathymetric erosion assessment of the Elkhorn Slough, examine rockfish habitat suitability along portions of the Carmel Submarine Canyon, and quantify historic spatial, temporal, and topical patterns in research effort across the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary (MBNMS). He’s proficient in statistical analysis and visualization in R, and has familiarity with embedded systems development. He’s an experienced marine taxonomist, specializing in infaunal macroinvertebrates, rocky intertidal species, and neritic plankton. He is also an AAUS scientific diver. Mr. Herrmann earned an MS in Applied Marine & Watershed Science from California State University, Monterey Bay, where he worked in partnership with MBNMS to develop and implement a pilot citizen science plankton monitoring program. He gained a BS in Marine Biology from the University of California, Santa Cruz, where he conducted kelp forest ecology research. He additionally studied at the University of Queensland, Australia, where he conducted research on habitat associations of Great Barrier Reef sea cucumbers, and feeding behaviors of mangrove crabs.