Brenna Mahoney

brenna mahoney
Sentinel Site Cooperative Coordinator
Extension Team / brenna.mahoney@noaa.gov / 617-851-9855

Brenna Mahoney is a California Sea Grant Extension Specialist focused on coastal resilience and sea-level rise adaptation in the San Francisco Bay Area. She works with California local, regional and state, and federal partners on coastal resilience issues, projects, and research initiatives. Mahoney received a bachelor's degree from Cornell University and her doctorate from University of California, Santa Cruz. She has worked as a field ecologist and scientific diver in temperate, tropical, and polar systems. After her PhD, Mahoney was a California Sea Grant State Fellow at the StateĀ Coastal Conservancy, where she focusedĀ on sea-level rise adaptation planning.

Expertise

  • Sea-level rise
  • Coastal ecology
  • Nature-based adaptation

Research

Mahoney provides scientific expertise and programmatic development related to habitat and estuarine work, climate change, and sea-level rise, and supports regional and statewide coordination in support of coastal management issues. Her current research priorities include the application of nature-based adaptation solutions for coastal resilience and coastal infrastructure, including roads and highways.

Extension and Outreach

Mahoney works to identify the needs of coastal management agencies and facilitate the coordination of coastal resilience projects and programs in California. Her work includes developing resources to make scientific understanding of climate change impacts accessible and useful for policy makers and resource managers.

Featured outreach products

Sea the Future, a free online platform to compare sea level rise modeling tools in the state of California

Brenna Mahoney is a California Sea Grant Extension Specialist focused on coastal resilience and sea-level rise adaptation in the San Francisco Bay Area. She works with California local, regional and state, and federal partners on coastal resilience issues, projects, and research initiatives. Mahoney received a bachelor's degree from Cornell University and her doctorate from University of California, Santa Cruz. She has worked as a field ecologist and scientific diver in temperate, tropical, and polar systems. After her PhD, Mahoney was a California Sea Grant State Fellow at the State Coastal Conservancy, where she focused on sea-level rise adaptation planning.

Expertise

  • Sea-level rise
  • Coastal ecology
  • Nature-based adaptation

Research

Mahoney provides scientific expertise and programmatic development related to habitat and estuarine work, climate change, and sea-level rise, and supports regional and statewide coordination in support of coastal management issues. Her current research priorities include the application of nature-based adaptation solutions for coastal resilience and coastal infrastructure, including roads and highways.

Extension and Outreach

Mahoney works to identify the needs of coastal management agencies and facilitate the coordination of coastal resilience projects and programs in California. Her work includes developing resources to make scientific understanding of climate change impacts accessible and useful for policy makers and resource managers.

Featured outreach products

Sea the Future, a free online platform to compare sea level rise modeling tools in the state of California

brenna mahoney