CORE FACULTY 2020-01-02T09:22:31-07:00

Anne Kapuscinski, Director

Core Faculty
Sustainability Science
Professor, Environmental Studies

Anne R. Kapuscinski is an interdisciplinary scholar committed to finding scientifically and socially robust solutions to a major challenge: how to perpetuate healthy aquatic ecosystems while sustaining resource uses that support human wellbeing. Her past research examined impacts of dams, fish hatcheries, aquaculture and genetic engineering on fish conservation. Her current research aims to shift aquaculture, the world’s fastest growing food sector, towards sustainability. Her team uses marine microalgae to achieve fish-free feeds, thus decouple aquaculture from ocean-caught forage fish, reduce nutrient and carbon emissions and improve food security. She also pursues ecological aquaculture strategies to close water and nutrient loops and conserve biodiversity. Anne participates actively in the science-policy interface, presently as Chair of the Board of Directors of the Union of Concerned Scientists and member of the Ocean Protection Council Science Advisory Team, and has been a scientific advisor to the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture (under three administrations), U.S. Food and Drug Administration, World Health Organization and Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN, Global Environment Facility, European Union Food Safety Agency, state of Minnesota, and on four U.S. National Academy of Science committees. She is Editor-in-Chief of the Sustainability Transitions domain of the open-access journal, Elementa: Science of the Anthropocene. Her awards include a 2019 Ocean Award in Innovation, Pew Fellow in Marine Conservation, and Distinguished Service Award from the Society for Conservation Biology, among others. As Director of the Coastal Science and Policy Program, Anne guides and builds a diverse, inclusive community of students, faculty and partners to pursue scalable solutions to pressing coastal and ocean challenges.

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Website: Campbell Lab
Phone: (831) 854-7948

Dr. Elliott Campbell is an Associate Professor and the Stephen R. Gliessman Presidential Chair in Water Resources and Food System Sustainability in the Environmental Studies Department at UC Santa Cruz. Dr. Campbell’s research emphasizes the use of regional and global models to extrapolate from small-scale field measurements to policy-relevant spatial scales, particularly within the context of agroecology and global biogeochemical cycles. This work has led to his CAREER award from the National Science Foundation, appearances in media ranging from NPR to The Economist, and consultations to the U.S. EPA and other government agencies. He serves on the Associate Editorial Board at Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment and the faculty advisory committee at the University of California President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Program.  Dr. Campbell received his BS and MS from Stanford University and his PhD from the University of Iowa, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Carnegie Institution for Science.

Website: RCLAB
Phone: 831-459-3958

Mark Carr studies the ecology of coastal marine and anadromous fishes, and coastal marine ecosystems, especially kelp forests. Mark’s research informs management and conservation topics including ecosystem-based fisheries management, design and evaluation of marine protected areas (MPAs), and large-scale, long-term monitoring studies. He is a principal investigator with the Partnership for Interdisciplinary Studies of Coastal Oceans (PISCO). Currently, he is a member of the California Ocean Protection Council’s (OPC) Science Advisory Team, and NOAA’s MPA Federal Advisory Committee.

Website: Coastal Conservation Action Lab
Phone: 831-459-3610

Don Croll is a Professor in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC), Co-founder of the conservation non-profit Island Conservation, Founding partner of the conservation for-profit Conservation Metrics, Inc., and Faculty Director of the UCSC Natural Reserve System. He has conducted conservation research on island ecosystems and marine vertebrates for over 30 years, and published over 100 papers and articles on the conservation and ecology of marine species and island ecosystems. As a professor, has been dedicated to developing the research programs, courses, and graduate training needed for direct conservation action. As a conservationist, his work has helped inform the closure of California gill net fisheries, the establishment of a ban on commercial fishing for krill US federal waters, the CITES listing of several manta ray species, the establishment of protected islands in Mexico, and the protection of insular threatened species from island invasive species. He has trained over 500 undergraduates in marine ecology and conservation, conservation biology, and field methods in conservation, and together with his conservation partner, Bernie Tershy, he has trained 14 graduates and post docs that have gone on to significant positions in conservation and resource management.

Phone: 831-459-5006

Gary Griggs’ research in the coastal zone ranges from coastal evolution and development, through shoreline processes, coastal hazards and coastal engineering, and sea-level rise. Recent research has focused on coastal erosion processes including temporal and spatial variations in rates of retreat; evaluating the effectiveness of coastal protection structures and the impacts of coastal engineering structures (seawalls, jetties, breakwaters) on coastlines; quantifying littoral cell budgets and human impacts; effects of extreme events such as El Ninos) on coastlines; the impacts of sea-level rise on California’s beaches and coastline; and coastal policies to adapt to and reduce the impacts of sea-level rise and other coastal hazards in order to develop more sustainable communities.

Kristy Kroeker

Website: Kristy Kroeker
Phone: 831-459-5022 (Office) | 831-566-8253 (Cell)

Research in the Kroeker Lab addresses the drivers of change in marine communities. Our research program is advanced by two complementary approaches. First, we combine field experiments with laboratory manipulations to understand the underpinnings of community and ecosystem dynamics. Second, we use meta-analysis and modeling to synthesize empirical results and advance broad theoretical frameworks for predicting the emergent effects of environmental change. We use a variety of systems to answer our questions, from seagrass ecosystems and rocky intertidal communities to rocky reefs surrounding volcanic carbon dioxide vents and kelp forests.

Daniel M Press

Website: Dan M Press page at UCSC
Phone: 831-459-4015

Daniel Press is a Professor of Environmental Studies and Associate Dean of Social Sciences. He served for six years as a governor’s appointee to the Central Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board, the independent regulatory commission that enforces state and federal clean water laws in California’s Central Coast. He is the author of three books focused on US environmental policy and politics. His research covers environmental policy analysis, land and resources management, water quality regulation and the greening of industry.

Pete Raimondi

The Raimondi-Carr lab studies aspects of basic and applied ecology and evolutionary biology of coastal ecosystems. Our research spans the land-sea interface, and includes freshwater systems, estuaries, the rocky intertidal, and subtidal reefs. We aim to understand processes that influence behavior, distribution, and interactions of populations and communities of fishes, invertebrates and algae that constitute these ecosystems. Our goal is to advance understanding of these systems and to inform coastal policy and management.


Katherine Seto’s research centers on coupled human and natural systems dynamics in marine and coastal systems. Her primary areas of focus are 1) the contribution of marine resources to food and livelihood security, 2) governing marine and coastal systems for resource equity and sustainability, and 2) maritime security and globalization in a context of rapid global change. Katherine’s work informs marine resource management and policy reform, and spans multiple regions, including Europe, Asia, Africa, and North America.

Jeremy West

Phone: 831-459-4381

Jeremy West

Core Faculty
Assistant Professor, Economics

Jeremy West is an economist who studies public policy and environmental sustainability. Much of his research considers the implications of behavioral economics for the efficacy of public policies related to energy. He evaluates the distributional consequences of policies as well as their overall efficiency. Jeremy is a faculty affiliate of the E2e Project, a research collaboration to improve energy efficiency. As a postdoctoral associate in the Center for Energy and Environmental Policy Research at MIT, he engaged extensively with government and industry parties working to improve environmental policies and practices.

Website: Zavaleta Lab
Phone: 831-459-5011

Erika is an ecosystem ecologist interested in the implications of interacting global and regional environmental changes, biodiversity and ecosystem functioning and stewardship of wild ecosystems. Her research group studies the drivers and consequences of changing biological diversity and the role of ecology in guiding effective conservation practice.

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