Reef Check is an international organization with the mission of empowering people around the globe to save our reefs and oceans. The focus of the California program is to improve the health of California’s rocky reef and kelp forest ecosystems. This is accomplished by training approximately 250 divers each year to carry out standard scientific surveys of about 80 reef sites along the state’s coast, from Oregon to Mexico and passing along the data and analyses to state resource managers. Reef Check’s volunteer citizen science divers monitor inside and outside of California’s newly established network of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) using scientific protocols that are robust, rigorous and repeatable.
Katie is the California Training Coordinator for Reef Check Foundation, a non-profit organization based out of Marina Del Rey, CA. She received her Bachelor of Science in Biology, with an emphasis in Marine Biology, from San Diego State University. While completing her undergraduate studies, she earned her AAUS scientific diver certification, conducted independent research on fish foraging strategies in eelgrass habitats, and performed eelgrass habitat assessment surveys. Following graduation, Katie spent three years teaching Marine Biology in San Diego, CA to K-12 students from across the United States and visiting students from around the world. Before joining the Reef Check team in 2016, Katie worked as a research associate for a coastal engineering consulting firm where she carried out field research and conducted environmental impact assessments on major reef restoration projects along the California coast. Her past experience also includes employment at a Southern California aquarium where she provided marine science education to the public, assisted with animal husbandry, and carried out tank diving and maintenance as a member of the Dive Team. Katie earned her Divemaster certification in June of 2015 and also recently became an AAUS scientific diver for the Department of Fish and Wildlife. Katie’s responsibilities with Reef Check include organizing and conducting research surveys throughout the Southern California region and training volunteer eco-divers in the California monitoring protocol. She’s also responsible for the Reef Check California Youth Education Program. Katie develops the youth program curriculum and provides exciting educational experiences for all participants, combining meaningful classroom activities with hands-on demonstrations in the field.
Ocean Adventures will provide the pizza and raffle prizes, please bring a refreshment of your choice.
Dive Club meetings are like a monthly Happy Hour full of divers! It’s a great way for you to meet new dive buddies and say hello to some old ones! *Due to some scheduling conflicts, our meetings are now on the third Thursday of the month. We hope to see you there!
Katie Kozma, California Training Coordinator for Reef Check Foundation
Ocean Adventures Dive Club Meeting
Ocean Adventures Dive Co, 4144 Lincoln Blvd, Marina Del Rey
Thursday, March 16th
Socialize & shop
Reef Check presentation
Pizza, Raffle & more socializing