Alex Thomsen, California Sea Grant State Fellow, assists with development of the Wetlands Regional Monitoring Program (WRMP) and planning of the State of the Estuary Conference. Alex is interested in linking coastal science and management and maximizing the mutual benefits of environmental management and conservation for human communities and the environment, including improving environmental equity. She has a B.A. in Biology from Brown University and an M.S. in Environmental Science from California State University Monterey Bay. For her Master’s thesis research, she collaborated with the Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve to inform adaptive management in marsh restoration through analysis of field-collected and remotely sensed vegetation monitoring data. Previously, Alex has worked on water quality and recreation with the Charles River Conservancy (Cambridge, MA) and on invasive weeds management with the USDA Agricultural Research Service (Albany, CA).