Taylor Goelz graduated from the University of San Diego with a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies in 2014. She graduated with a dual degree, a master’s degree in Marine Science and a master’s of Public Policy, through William & Mary and the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS). At VIMS, Goelz’s thesis work analyzed stakeholders’ social networks and attitudes during OysterFutures, a participatory modeling process focused on creating consensus oyster management recommendations for the Choptank River. She also served as a policy intern in the NOAA Chesapeake Bay Office focusing on oyster restoration. Currently, Goelz is serving as a Knauss Marine Policy Fellow with NOAA Research where she is helping to prepare the U.S. for the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development.