Willow Battista

Manager, Resilient Fisheries


Areas of expertise:
Data-limited scientific assessment (stocks and ecosystems) and adaptive management; Effective governance for sustainable management; Principles for scaling successful solutions; Rights based management design; Designing behavioral science-based interventions for marine conservation problems

Willow is a member of the Fisheries Solution Center (FSC). She has had a role in the creation of many of FSC’s tools, like the Governance and Policy Analysis tool, the Scaling Strategy Toolkit and the Comprehensive Assessment of Risks to Ecosystems (CARE).

Willow also supports our Regional Teams, staff and partners in tool trainings and application, research and analyses. Finally, Willow acts as the liaison between FSC and the EU and US teams, seeking opportunities to improve outcomes in these regions through FSC support and/or collaboration with other regions.


Before coming to EDF as a consultant in 2012, Willow received a Master’s in Environmental Science and Management from the Bren School at UCSB, and before that she received an undergraduate degree in Psychology and spent a handful of years working in Psych research. Although Willow found psychology fascinating, she knew her heart was always in conservation science, which led her to make the leap back to environmental science for grad school to work on issues she is passionate about like finding ways to help meet human needs without depleting limited resources or over-burdening the biophysical systems on which we depend.


Bren School of Environmental Science & Management – University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB)

Master of Environmental Science and Management (June 2012)
Specialization: Costal Marine Resource Management; Environmental Economics & Politics
Honors/Awards: GPA 3.97; Robert L. Boughton, Jr. Educational & Scholarship Recipient

University of Washington, Seattle, WA

Bachelor of Science in Psychology (June 2006)
Honors/Awards: Cum Laude, GPA 3.86; Dean’s List; National Society of Collegiate Scholars


Battista, W., Karr, K., Sarto, N., & Fujita, R. (2017). Comprehensive Assessment of Risk to Ecosystems (CARE): A cumulative ecosystem risk assessment tool. Fisheries Research, 185, 115-129.

Battista, W., Kelly, R. P., Erickson, A., & Fujita, R. (2016). A Comprehensive Method for Assessing Marine Resource Governance: Case Study in Kāne ‘ohe Bay, Hawai ‘i. Coastal Management, 44(4), 295-332.

Battista, W., Tourgee, A., Wu, C., & Fujita, R. (2017). How to achieve conservation outcomes at scale: an evaluation of scaling principles. Frontiers in Marine Science, 3, 278.

Fujita, R., Epstein, L., Battista, W., Karr, K., Higgins, P., Landman, J., & Carcamo, R. (2017). Scaling territorial use rights in fisheries (TURFs) in Belize. Bulletin of Marine Science, 93(1), 137-153.

Fujita, R., Karr, K., Battista, W., & Rader, D. N. (2013). A framework for developing scientific management guidance for data-limited fisheries. Proceedings of the 66th Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute, 83-90.

Jacobsen, K. I., Battista, W. J., Kaplan, L. M., Price Tack, J. L., Villarreal, M. D., & Costello, C. (2016). A model to assess trade-offs between environmental impact and profitability of offshore salmon farms: A case study on Chile. Journal of applied aquaculture, 28(3), 144-182.

Kelly, R.P., Erickson, A.L., Mease, L.A., Battista, W., Kittinger, J.N., & Fujita, R. (2015). Embracing thresholds for better environmental management. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 370(1659), 20130276.

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