My name is Alli Cramer and I’m an Integrative Ecologist specializing in Spatial ecology and Ecoinformatics

I study how environmental processes interact across scales of time and space to impact aquatic organisms and communities, and how our understanding of ecology is formed by the measurements we take.

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American Geophysical Union LANDInG Fellow

AGU Leadership Academy & Network for Diversity and Inclusion in the Geosciences 2022 cohort

Jan 2022 – Present
AGU LANDInG Postdoctoral Research Fellows Program (PRFP) provides DEI training to NSF postdoctoral research fellows. In this two-year, cohort-based professional development program participants practice competencies in DEI leadership, strategic planning, and best practices as they develop independent professional identities and personal values as researchers, educators and mentors.

NSF Postdoctoral Fellow

University of Washington Friday Harbor Laboratories

Dec 2021 – Present Monterey Bay, CA and San Juan Island, WA

National Science Foundation fellowship studying how to measure substrate mobility in hard rock communities and whether or not substrate mobility acts as a characteristic disturbance within those communities.

This project stems from an idea published in Cramer and Katz 2020.


Postdoctoral Researcher


Jul 2020 – Nov 2021 California

Modelled spawning movements of Green Sturgeon within the Sacramento River and the shade component of the FHAST model.

Responsibilities include:

  • Analysing
  • Modeling
  • Data Synthesis

Graduate Research Assistant

Washington State University

Jan 2015 – May 2020 Washington
Founded R Working Group', teaching R skills and analysis through a peer-to-peer learning model. Teaching Assistant for Oceanography 230.

Graduate Research Assistant

CSU Monterey Bay

Jan 2012 – Dec 2014 California
Data collection and analysis for California Baseline MPA monitoring. Collected data and developed sampling protocols for image analaysis.

Social Media Intern

Monterey Area Research Institutions’ Network for Education (MARINE)

Jan 2012 – Dec 2014 California
Cross platform media communication with graduate students from seven different marine focused research institutions. Created online community using Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.


Developping, quantifying, and testing substrate mobility as a disturbance metric.

Synthesizing genomic and spatial data for a more holistic understanding of connectivity.

Investigating regional and global patterns in lake surface area trends

Determining the movement patterns of the endangered Green Sturgeon in the Sacramento watershed.

Recent Publications

Interdisiplinary research highlights the importance of a dynamic, community-led approach to managing marine protected areas

Three case studies demonstrating concrete applications of the Global Lake Area, Climate, and Population dataset with emphasis on natural resource management at local, regional, and national scales.