About Us


Marina Psaros—Principal

Marina Psaros is the founder and Principal at Coravai LLC, a communications and technology research and consulting firm specializing in environmental issues.

Psaros has over 15 years experience in science and technology communications, digital media product and business development, market research, and environmental program management. She holds a Master’s Degree in Environmental Policy and Planning from MIT and has been engaged with coastal management issues in California since 2006.

Prior to MIT, Psaros worked in the digital media industry in the U.S. and Germany for companies including Netscape and Microsoft. She manages Coravai’s independent contractors and collaborations with experts in environmental sciences; planning; data management and visualization; communications; and education.


Amber Pairis, PhD—Chief Scientific Advisor

Pairis has an extensive background in climate change adaptation planning, policy, and training and was appointed by Governor Brown as the Assistant Secretary for Climate Change at the California Natural Resources Agency in 2013 after five years as the Climate Change Advisor for the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW).

She is highly regarded across the state as a climate change expert and collaborator and has been deeply involved in the design of climate tools, training, and partnerships to support natural resource management and decision making.

Prior to coming to California, Pairis worked in Washington D.C. where she coordinated research and policy between the state fish and wildlife agencies and federal natural resource agencies on energy and climate change issues. She is well known for her ability to create and lead collaborative partnerships among a variety of stakeholders and has a long standing commitment to building a community of practice around climate change adaptation. Pairis is a well respected scientist and has been part of numerous climate adaptation publications including serving on technical teams for the National Climate Assessment and has strong relationships with a number of well-respected science-based institutions and collaboratives working on addressing climate change.


Marta Smith, Software Engineer

Marta began her web development career by creating the first website for the San Jose International Airport in 1996. Since then, she has worked on several high profile web sites for Hewlett-Packard, Netscape, and AOL. Marta left the Bay Area 10 years ago on a job assignment and recently returned with new experience in full stack web applications development and a fresh degree in Computer Science.

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Hayley Zemel, Program Associate

Hayley holds a Master’s degree in Marine and Wetland Ecotoxicology from CSU Long Beach. In her thesis work, she advanced the use of an emerging form of ecotoxicology, which employs proteomics in combination with toxicological methods as a powerful and cost-effective environmental screening tool capable of identifying specific effects of anthropogenic activities on the health of aquatic ecosystems.

While completing her Master’s program, Hayley worked as the Wetland Restoration and Monitoring Coordinator for Tidal Influence, an ecological restoration consulting firm. Hayley received a 2012 California Sea Grant Fellowship award and began working with the California Ocean Science Trust (OST) to help natural resource managers and decision-makers integrate science into management plans for an array of ocean and coastal issues. At OST, Hayley also worked on advancing citizen science and supporting the California King Tides Initiative. Hayley continues to support King Tides projects as a resource for coastal managers and planners developing sea level rise adaptation strategies in California.