Claire Gonzales was born and raised in Northern California, where she developed her passion for understanding and exploring marine habitats by becoming a PADI Divemaster. In 2015, she graduated with her B.S. in Biology from Duke University before moving on to conduct fieldwork in the United States Virgin Islands, Turks and Caicos Islands, Puerto Rico, and along the California coast. Afterwards, Claire joined the teams at Blue Latitudes and Wood Environment and Infrastructure, focusing on exploring alternate uses for offshore structures and their impact on underwater ecosystems, especially along the California coast. She is also a founding member and Officer on the Board of Directors for the Blue Latitudes Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to building innovative approaches to marine conservation.
Claire is dedicated to investigating how humans can interact sustainably with the marine environment. She is looking forward continuing this work as a PhD student with the Froehlich Lab in the Interdepartmental Graduate Program in Marine Science (IGPMS). Claire’s research will focus on examining the practical potential of applying aquaculture systems into fisheries management, with an emphasis on scenarios where offshore infrastructure is present.