About Alicia Amerson

Alicia Amerson created the first Marine Wildlife UAV Task Force in California to address responsible flying around near wildlife that use coastlines and ocean habitats. In 2016 she was the first California Sea Grant State Fellow to be placed in the Office of the Lieutenant Governor of the State of California. Amerson earned a B.S. in biology from Eastern New Mexico University in 2002, and then in 2012 she earned her Certified Project Manager credentials and worked for the Los Alamos National Laboratory on the environmental remediation project to clean up the hazardous and radiological waste produced during the Manhattan Project Era. She earned a master’s degree in marine biodiversity and conservation from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego in 2015. She worked on UAV research projects in Western Australia and South Australia with Murdoch University, collecting data on large whales in reproductive areas. Amerson studied whales and dolphins in Alaska, Washington, Oregon, and California; and internationally in Canada, Mexico, Costa Rica, and Australia. She is a large whale disentanglement volunteer in California and secured $100,000K of state funds for the volunteer teams as a Sea Grant Fellow. She continues to work closely with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on developing UAS guidelines and the use of this technology to assist in large whale disentanglement emergency response efforts. Her interest in protecting the ocean by preventing pollution and educating the public lead her to create a cigarette butt litter campaign called Mutts Against Butts in San Diego, CA. Her interest in ocean and environmental conservation is demonstrated through continued volunteer efforts with various ocean-focused NGOs around the world. Amerson currently lives in Sacramento, CA with her two adorable Australian shepherds.

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