Willow Battista
Willow Battista
Consultant

Willow has been a member of EDF's Oceans Program since 2012. She began her EDF career as an intern with the Fishery Solutions Center and has transitioned to a consultant role, working with Dr. Rod Fujita to explore ways to better manage data-limited fisheries around the world. During her time at EDF, Willow's work has focused on the creation of a set of tools designed to assess risk, examine governance conditions, and assess scalablity of the marine resource management projects pursued by EDF's Fishery Solutions Center. Through her work, she seeks to better understand conservation impact and natural resource use by analyzing people's decision drivers as individuals as well as larger societies. Willow holds a Master of Environmental Science and Management from the Bren School at UCSB, where she double-specialized in Coastal-Marine Resource Management and Economics and Politics of the Environment. She also holds a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Washington. Her main interests center around integrating science into policy and management design, and working with local communities to create management strategies that foster sustainable resource use and biodiversity conservation. When Willow is not working, she enjoys exploring the beautiful coasts and hills around the Bay area, spending time with her husband and two kitties, and walking dogs at a local dog rescue shelter.