Talley uses science to advance the field of ecology, address coastal environmental issues, train tomorrow's leaders, and raise public awareness of our local natural ecosystems. Her research in coastal ecosystems spans both coasts of North America, with experience from New England, California, and Baja California, Mexico.
Talley's three broad research programs are:
(1) Healthy Ocean-Healthy City, the goal of which is to improve the health of ecosystems, urban communities and seafood producing livelihoods by raising public awareness of our responsible seafood producers and by facilitating a diversity of local, native seafood in fisheries and farms.
(2) Coastal Ecosystem Ecology and Conservation, the goal of which is to improve our understanding of coastal ecosystems (salt marshes, estuaries, coastal scrub, riparian) so that we can make well informed decisions to protect and utilize their multitude of functions. This includes testing the influences on coastal ecosystem function especially during ecosystem restoration, species invasions and climate change.
(3) Making Waves, the goal of which is to use scientific research to encourage environmental stewardship and community well-being by strengthening connections between our citizens and coastal ecosystems, by better understanding how to get people engaged and active, and by enhancing and restoring our local urban ecosystems.
Education and Outreach
Talley participates in outreach activities for the public, environmental practitioners and educators, and since 2005 has taught a diversity of ecology, biology and environmental science classes at UCSD, University of San Francisco and University of San Diego, giving her the ability to effectively teach and communicate across a range of audiences. Since 2005, Talley has also served as a science advisor and wetland scientist for the Ocean Discovery Institute.
Talley received a bachelor’s degree in Botany from Connecticut College, a master’s degree in Biology from San Diego State University and her doctorate in Ecology from University of California, Davis.