About Us

Mission & Vision

Paua Marine Research Group is dedicated to furthering biological knowledge of coastal habitats and protected species to promote effective management and conservation activities.  We are passionate, collaborative and effective in performing field research and developing high-quality project deliverables.  We aim to become a regionally recognized name in marine research, capitalizing on a consistent need for data and analysis.  Our goal is to get out on the water, answer difficult research questions and have a good time doing it.


Paua Marine Research Group was founded in January 2016 in San Diego, California to provide quality public and private sector marine and estuarine biological consulting services in support of species’ and habitat conservation and effective management in Southern California. We specialize in estuarine and marine intertidal and subtidal ecology, particularly in eelgrass, kelp forest, and soft bottom habitats and protected and/or endangered species such as rockfish and abalone. This work includes the preparation of mitigation and restoration plans and implementation of monitoring strategies for construction and marine resource enhancement programs. As a certified Small Women-owned Business Enterprise (SWBE), we are passionate and have developed strong collaborations with federal and state governmental organizations, academic institutions, non-profits, and other consulting companies in order to provide comprehensive and effective marine resource management strategies to our clients and partners.

Meet Our Team


Amanda Bird

Biologist and Co-Owner

Amanda Bird grew up in Tempe, Arizona and graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Conservation Biology in 2008. She moved to Orange County, California in early 2009 and worked as Marine Restoration Coordinator for the non-profit, Orange County Coastkeeper, and for Coastal Resources Management, Inc. for six years. During this time, she focused primarily on eelgrass and wetland habitat restoration as well as abalone conservation research. Amanda started a Master’s program at California State University, Fullerton in Fall 2013, which focused on the status of pinto abalone (Haliotis kamtschatkana) populations in southern California. During her M.S. program, Amanda worked closely with NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service on endangered white abalone (Haliotis sorenseni) recovery efforts, which has become an important component of our work at PMRG. In her free time, Amanda loves surfing, yoga, rock climbing, and scuba diving. Amanda is certified on both the Megalodon and Hammerhead Closed-Circuit Rebreathers (CCRs).

Adam Obaza

Biologist, Photographer, and Co-Owner

Adam Obaza completed his undergraduate education at the University of Miami, obtaining a Bachelor’s Degree in both Marine Science and Biology in 2006. He then continued his studies at Florida International University, earning a Master’s Degree in Ecology by modeling fish movement in the Florida Everglades.  In 2009, he moved to Southern California to work as a contractor for NOAA/NMFS on both policy and research issues related to eelgrass, invasive species, abalone, and rockfish in Puget Sound.  Adam subsequently joined PMRG in January of 2017 and has continued work in many of those same areas.  While not at work, Adam enjoys running and underwater photography, though National Geographic isn’t exactly breaking down his door.