Dr. Darien Mizuta has a BSc in Oceanography, MSc in Biological Oceanography from the University of Sao Paulo (Brazil), and a PhD in Fisheries and Environmental Oceanography from Kyoto University (Japan).
She worked as a volunteer researcher for the conservation of the Southern Right Whale Project as an undergraduate and went on to work in a paleoceanography study in shell mounds for her graduation work. She became interested in bivalve shellfish and seafood importance during that time and went on to pursue a Master’s degree related to marine aquaculture using environmental data to manage production outputs in oyster aquaculture farms in Southern Brazil. She moved to Japan for her Doctor course at Kyoto University researching how to improve water quality conditions (hypoxia, nutrients, farm management) in shellfish farms and followed-up with a position at Yokohama National University to investigate marine fisheries management and conservation activities in fisheries cooperatives. She subsequently moved to the U.S. to join NOAA as a National Research Council Postdoctoral Scholar leading a project on the potential development of offshore bivalve aquaculture in the American EEZ. At UCSB, she is working on a joint project with The Nature Conservancy on conservation aquaculture on a federal and California State level.