Mrs. Sparks has extensive experience as an oceanographer specializing in subsea environmental assessments, offshore feasibility studies, and habitat restoration through the Rigs to Reefs program, re-purposing offshore oil and gas platforms as artificial reefs. She also has experience as a marine research analyst for small to medium sized habitat restoration projects where she designed, implemented and conducted site assessments and field work analysis for reef restoration internationally. Her previous work centered around ecological, socio-economic, regulatory, and policy issues surrounding the implementation of Rigs to Reefs programming.
Master of Science – Marine Biodiversity and Conservation, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, La Jolla, California
Bachelor of Science – Marine Science, University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, California