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Ellen Plane

Environmental Analyst
Resilient Landscapes Program
Shoreline Resilience

Ellen Plane joined SFEI’s Resilient Landscapes program as an Environmental Analyst in 2019. Ellen earned her BA in Biological Sciences from Dartmouth College, where she focused on ecology, environmental studies, and GIS. Ellen also holds Master of City Planning and Master of Landscape Architecture in Environmental Planning degrees from the University of California at Berkeley. Her graduate studies included modeling shallow coastal groundwater in the San Francisco Bay Area and exploring ways to finance coastal adaptation using the land-use mechanism of transfer of development rights. Previously, Ellen worked in Natural Resource Damage Assessment and Restoration at a Boston-area environmental consulting firm and on climate change adaptation at Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Her work at SFEI focuses on shoreline restoration and adaptation.

Related Projects, News, and Events

Sonoma Creek Baylands Strategy (Project)

The Sonoma Creek Baylands Strategy is a comprehensive high-level plan for landscape-scale restoration, flood protection, and public access in the tidal Lower Sonoma Creek portion of the San Pablo Baylands. 

The Strategy:

New Life for Eroding Shorelines: Beach and Marsh Edge Change in the San Francisco Estuary (Project)

The New Life for Eroding Shorelines project explores living shoreline approaches for sea level rise adaptation that can reduce erosion at the marsh edge and improve habitat quality for marsh species. Solutions explored include reestablishing marsh-fringing barrier beaches to attenuate waves at the marsh edge and reintroducing California Sea Blite (Suaeda californica), a rare and endangered plant with the ability to climb driftwood and other shoreline features, providing much-needed high-tide refuge for marsh wildlife.