Experimental Design and Statistics for Applied Sustainability Science (CSP 241/241L)
Focuses on problems and designs in environment monitoring, mitigation, ecology and population biology. Topics include basic experimental design; exploratory data analysis—from a graphical perspective; hands-on statistics; and graphical theory.
Faculty: Peter Raimondi
Policy Analysis (CSP 242)
This course will introduce students to basic methods of applied policy analysis, drawing mostly on public policy and planning. Students will apply their analytic methods to real-world questions and decision-making arising in the coastal context. Policy analysis will be broken down into various steps, including problem definition, evidence-building, selection of alternatives, decision-making criteria and policy evaluation tools.
Faculty: Daniel Press
Coastal Governance (CSP 243)
This course is designed to equip students with major theories of ocean and coastal governance, with particular emphasis on those that underlie current policy and management approaches. Students will engage with and analyze local, state, national, and international laws and policies, considering interactions across scales, levels of social organization, and institutions. Students will gain critical skills in assessing the underlying assumptions of particular governance approaches, and weighing strengths and weaknesses of particular coastal contexts and challenges.
Faculty: Katy Seto
Adaptation and Planning (CSP 244)
This course will build upon the interdisciplinary and skills-based coursework of the preceding two quarters. It will provide students with an opportunity to perform an integrated assessment of a sustainability challenge related to a coastal issue. Students will work as small teams to assess the social-ecological dimensions for a variety of adaptation strategies. This is meant to be a capstone course that allows students to integrate coursework in an experiential, solutions-based course.
Faculty: Anne Kapuscinski
Facilitating Change: Leadership and Communication (CSP 245)
A skills-based course in effective leadership and communication, including stakeholder engagement, facilitation, conflict resolution, team building, and introduction to project management. Communication training includes identifying audiences and objectives (public, philanthropy, policymakers, managers, scientist practitioners) and leveraging non-traditional communication platforms.
Faculty: Kristy Kroeker
Students will work with their faculty advisor and CSP to select a relevant course.
All students will be required to participate in an intensive summer placement program at the end of their first year. This summer placement will consist of placement in a practitioner partner agency, NGO, or industry to provide students with practical awareness in the conservation and sustainability science and policy fields. Students will receive first-hand immersion in the processes involved in implementing interdisciplinary knowledge and innovations as components of solutions to the complex challenge of domestic or international coastal sustainability.
Summer Placement work and projects will be required to include:
- A real concern of the institutional partner
- Research, solutions development, and implementation
- Strong interdisciplinary elements
A faculty advisor will oversee the summer placement. It is the intention that, in collaboration with institutional partners and CS&P advisors, students’ capstone projects will emerge from this summer placement experience.
After students complete the first year of the program and their summer placement, they are required to work full time with a practitioner partner to undertake an individual capstone project where they develop and complete a specific project relevant to coastal sustainability as part of CSP 290A, B, C. The capstone project is intended to be tailored for and address a direct need of an institutional practitioner partner organization. The project will be developed in collaboration with the practitioner partner, the student’s academic advisor, and the program. Aspects of the capstone will also be explored via the first year summer placement.
During this second year, students will also participate in a weekly seminar course (CSP 291) in person or remotely. The course is designed for students to share their progress and challenges with CSP faculty and their cohort. The course will also incorporate workshops for further professional development.
Capstone project results will be presented to the practitioner and program during a final seminar at the conclusion of the second year and written as a project report. Interim deliverables of student capstones may include a range of products such as databases, assessment write ups, white papers, blogs, project reports, or peer-reviewed academic paper submitted for publication. Final projects will be jointly evaluated by a committee comprised of the CSP Director and two two core or affiliated program faculty.
Throughout the program, students gain additional knowledge and skills through a range of workshops, seminars, and brown bag discussions.
Types of engagements our students participate in include:
- Seminars from UC Santa Cruz-based faculty and researchers including core and affiliate faculty and Institute of Marine Science Researchers (topics including coastal adaptation and resilience, nature-based solutions to sea-level rise, environmental justice and equity, and climate justice)
- Leadership training with Kevin Buck, Emergent Success Inc.
- Designing for Impact with Kevin Starr, Managing Director, Mulago Foundation
- Science Communication with Ben Landis, Founder, Creative Externalities
- Supporting real-world planning and adaptation with Tiffany Wise-West, Sustainability & Climate Action Manager for the City of Santa Cruz
- Seminars examples:
- Don’t let a Big Disaster Go to Waste: Lessons and Opportunities for Environmental Scientists with Dr. Kim Waddell, Director of the Virgin Islands Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (VI-EPSCoR) at the University of the Virgin Islands
- Applications of InVest with Dr. Becky Chaplin-Kramer, Natural Capital Project, and Dr. Heather Tallis, The Nature Conservancy
- Seminar on Foundation Engagement in the Marine Sector with Dr. Denny Takahashi-Kelso, Director of Marine Conservation, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation
- Marine Plastic Pollution: Sources, Impacts, and Solutions with Dr. George Leonard, Chief Scientist, Ocean Conservancy
- Coastal Policy and Decision-making with John Laird