Lacey is an analyst for Oceana's Illegal Fishing and Seafood Fraud campaign, using Global Fishing Watch data to increase transparency at sea and shine a light on suspicious activities.
Prior to joining Oceana in 2016, she worked at NOAA’s Northwest Fisheries Science Center where she helped develop a coast-wide assessment metric of the conservation value of habitat protections for Pacific groundfish. Lacey holds a MS in Marine Biology from Nova Southeastern University (NSU) Halmos College of Natural Sciences and Oceanography and a BA in Marine Biology from Rollins College. While at NSU, she contributed to the research initiatives of the NOAA Gulf of Mexico Offshore Nekton Sampling and Analysis Program to assess the abundance and distribution of deep sea fishes that were potentially affected by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. For her thesis, she examined the faunal composition, quantitative spatial analysis, and pelagic-benthic connectivity of larval flatfishes in the oceanic Gulf of Mexico. Lacey has previously worked for the endangered sea turtle and manatee rescue and rehabilitation program at the Miami Seaquarium. Additionally, she co-authored a global sea anemone biodiversity study and worked as an aquarist at the Maria Mitchell Aquarium in Nantucket, Massachusetts. Lacey is originally from Lawrence, Kansas.