The new Coastal Science & Policy Program has enrolled its first cohort of students for fall 2018. Clockwise from top left, they are: Shakera Arnold, Ross Davidson, Dingxi Safari Fang, Celeshia Guy, Andre Joseph-Witzig, Mali’o Kodis, Samruddhi Kothari, Biraj Shrestha, David Torres, and Casey Zweig.Anne R. Kapuscinski, professor of environmental studies and incoming director of the Coastal Science & Policy program at UC Santa Cruz.A new graduate program in Coastal Science and Policy at UC Santa Cruz will welcome its first cohort of students in fall 2018. The interdisciplinary master’s degree program will prepare students to design and implement solutions to the complex social, ecological, and technological problems facing the world’s coastal ecosystems and communities.
Building on UCSC’s long-standing leadership in coastal science and in addressing real-world environmental challenges, the program is designed to teach students the practical skills, interdisciplinary knowledge, and innovative approaches needed to solve threats and realize emerging opportunities for coastal sustainability. Students completing the program will receive a Master of Science in Coastal Science and Policy.
“Our program is distinctive for its focus on training emerging leaders to excel at developing and pursuing actionable sustainability solutions,” said Anne R. Kapuscinski, professor of environmental studies and incoming director of the Coastal Science and Policy program. “Students will emerge from our interdisciplinary curriculum and immersion in real-world projects prepared to take on the coasts’ greatest challenges and opportunities for sustainability.”
“We had an impressive and highly competitive group of applicants for the first cohort, and we’re thrilled about the students chosen to inaugurate the program,” said co-director Don Croll, professor of ecology and evolutionary biology. “The students we chose span a wide range of disciplinary and geographic diversity, reflecting the interdisciplinary nature of the Coastal Science and Policy program itself.”
Applicants for the program’s inaugural class included prospective students from coastal regions in 28 countries around the world and from …