On July 12, 2012, Autumn Cleave of El Granada successfully defended her thesis and received her master’s degree in conservation biology from San Francisco State University.
She concluded three years of research on a newly discovered invasive plant called Limonium ramosissimum, at the Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies and at sites around the San Francisco Bay Area.
She is submitting her thesis for publication to some Bay Area-based environmental sciences journals and “hopes this research can help eradicate this invader from the San Francisco Bay and other estuaries in California,” wrote her mother, Michelle Cleave, in an email.
Having grown up on the Coastside, in an environment that fostered her interest in marine ecology, Cleave attended El Granada Elementary and Cunha Intermediate schools and graduated from Half Moon Bay High School in 2003. She received her undergraduate degree in marine ecology from California State University, Monterey Bay. Currently she is living in San Francisco.
She also received the Paul F. Romberg Award for Service for leading an academic bowl and tutoring inner-city girls in math and science, and other volunteer activities.
She is pursuing a career in wetlands restoration and education.