Environmental Sciences

Environmental Sciences Experts

Melissa Foley

The U.S. Geological Survey
United States Virgin Islands


Melissa Foley,Research Ecologist, USGS Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center, Santa Cruz, CA (2013 - present) Research Associate, University of California Santa Cruz (2009 - present) Early Career Fellow, Center for Ocean Solutions, Stanford University (2009 - 2013) PhD, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of California Santa Cruz (2009) Research Technician, Partnership for Interdisciplinary Studies of Coastal Oceans, Oregon State University (1999-2003) B.S., Zoology, Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon (1999)

Research Interest



  • Melissa M. Foley, Rebecca G. Martone, Michael D. Fox, Carrie V. Kappel, Ashley L. Erickson, Lindley A. Mease, Peter Taylor, Benjamin S. Halpern, Kimberly A. Selkoe, and Courtney Scarborough. Addressing the challenges of detecting, predicting, and managing for ecosystem thresholds. 2015. Frontiers in Marine Science

  • John A. Cigliano, Amy Bauer, Megan M. Draheim, Melissa M. Foley, Carolyn J. Lundquist, Julie-Beth McCarthy, Katheryn W. Patterson, Andrew J. Wright, and E. C. M. Parsons. The kraken in the aquarium: questions that urgently need to be addressed in order to advance marine conservation. 2016. Frontiers in Marine Science

  • Melissa M. Foley, Lindley A. Mease, Rebecca G. Martone, Erin E. Prahler, Tiffany H. Morrison, Cathryn Clarke Murray, and Deborah Wojcik. The challenges and opportunities in cumulative effects assessment. 2017.

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