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UC Santa Cruz is excited to welcome its second Coastal Science and Policy cohort for Fall 2019. Meet the members of the second cohort below:

Siti Indriasari Galuh Sekar Arum

Bogor, Indonesia

Galuh holds a degree in Forest Conservation and Ecotourism from Bogor Agricultural University. She has been involved in conservation, advocacy, and communication since 2002. As an undergraduate she connected Indonesian students with various international institutions so that they could gain forestry experience from a world perspective. She served as the student delegate at various events including the United Nations Forum on Forest in 2004, 2005 and 2006.

More recently, Galuh worked as research assistant at Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) and Forestry Officer at Tropenbos International Indonesia. In 2008, she joined Rare, an international conservation organization that specializes in locally-led behavior change initiatives to protect natural resources. In Indonesia, Galuh works to establish new programs and build partnerships at various levels. Galuh helped establish the Policy Department at Rare in Indonesia to advocate evidence-based policies at district, provincial, and national level. Realizing the impact of sustainable small-scale fisheries to the world and the people practicing it, Galuh is eager to learn more about coastal science and policy at UCSC, to share experience, and to find ways of applying this new knowledge when she is back in the field.

Maxwell Azali

Mombasa, Kenya

Azali is an early career Research Scientist working for the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) Kenya Marine Program since 2014. He has been involved in a variety of artisanal coral reef fisheries and coral reef ecology projects in Kenya, and has worked closely with local fishermen to build their capacity in adaptive management through training on simple coral reef monitoring methods. He has participated in the WCS Kenya Annual Fishers’ forum, an informal policy forum where scientific research results are shared with local fisher communities and fishery practitioners to help reduce impacts on the reef while sustaining their livelihoods. With a degree in Coastal Science and Policy, Azali hopes to understand the role of government policy and its impact to natural resource sustainability and the livelihoods of coastal communities.

Patrick Cage

San Diego, California

Patrick has worked in international climate policy since 2015 with the Greenhouse Gas Management Institute. During this time, Patrick has regularly attended the United Nations climate summits, built curriculum for academic programs in terrestrial carbon, and relocated to Grenada to launch a Caribbean-wide technical “policy co-op.” As a Californian in climate change mitigation, Patrick is excited to explore how seaweed farming can reduce and reverse greenhouse gas emissions, both as a negative emissions technology and by inhibiting enteric fermentation (cows burping!) emissions. Through the CSP program, Patrick will develop mechanisms to accelerate seaweed aquaculture for climate change mitigation and green job creation.

Tom Collinson

United Kingdom

Tom’s interest in coastal sustainability stems from his background in the Scottish commercial fisheries and aquaculture industry, marine predator research at the Marine Biological Association of the UK and a lifelong fascination with the sea. After graduating from the University of Bristol, Tom founded the education and outreach initiative Tom’s Rockpool Safaris which introduces the public to the ecology of the seashore. He is currently working with the international conservation NGO, Blue Ventures, to catalogue community-led fisheries management initiatives in the Western Indian Ocean. Tom is inspired by the potential for these initiatives to safeguard the livelihoods and food security of the world’s coastal people. Through the CSP Program he hopes to develop the skills required to support these initiatives whilst working with diverse teams to identify innovative, cross-disciplinary solutions to the social issues that drive many of the world’s sustainability problems.

Abel Mkulama

Malawi, Africa

Abel holds a Bachelor of Science in Natural Resources Management from Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources. He has four years experience working with local communities as a youth leader in conservation. In 2018, with a research grant, he worked on a cooking-briquette innovation to provide alternative source of cooking energy to minimize deforestation of coastal areas. His work on mobilizing coastal communities to preserve underwater heritage at Lake Malawi National Park received special recognition by UNESCO. Currently volunteering at National Youth Network on Climate Change, his work on empowering communities to adapt to climate change has earned him recognition at Global Youth Biodiversity Network, Young African Leadership Initiative and the Global Green Grants Fund. Upon completion of the CSP program, he hopes to open a research institute to tackle issues of sustainability as well as inform policies in Southern Africa.

Ando Rabearisoa


Ando has worked with Conservation International, Madagascar, for ten years. Her current role is Manager for the Marine Conservation Program where she oversees the assessment of social impacts and effectiveness of marine protected areas and marine policy development. Her background and extensive experience in environmental economics has made her a passionate advocate of sustainable development, especially in African countries. She is convinced that an economic system respectful of social and conservation issues is the key solution for the future of our planet. “Through the Coastal Science and Policy program, my goal is to find integrated solutions to achieve social development that promote natural resources management. These solutions will considerably alleviate the poverty in Madagascar.”

Rafid Shidqi


Rafid is an early-career conservationist from the city South Tangerang, Indonesia. He was the East-West Center fellow in Hawai’i and award winner of Future Conservationist Award from Conservation Leadership Programme. After graduated from University, Rafid moved and worked in the epicenter of marine biodiversity—coral triangle region of Indonesia. His passion for sharks and rays was nurtured during his volunteering experiences in Lamakera, East Nusa Tenggara—the biggest manta ray hunting community in the world. Rafid conducted ecology research of endangered shark and rays, and is developing specific goals for solving the livelihood conflicts with Indonesian remote coastal communities who are depending on these species. He currently leads Thresher Shark Project Indonesia, an initiative to transition the shark-hunting communities into sustainable alternative livelihoods through research, stakeholder engagement and education. He believes that endangered species protection and community livelihoods are mutually important. Through CSP he hopes to find the trade-offs of conservation policy, and find innovative business models that could help aid the conservation and grass-roots movements.   

Juan Carlos Jeri Vidal

Lima, Peru

Juan Carlos is passionate about the conservation of coastal ecosystems for the benefit of both wildlife and humans. During his undergraduate years he was involved with the Punta San Juan Program, working for the conservation and research of some of the most important breeding populations of seabirds and marine mammals in Peru. He recently joined WWF’s marine program, contributing to projects such as the reduction of bycatch of marine megafauna and developing environmental education tools for coastal communities. Juan Carlos is excited to collaborate with a diverse community of peers in the CSP Program. He aspires to lead efforts for the decision ­making process and implementation of protected areas that contribute to the conservation of coastal ecosystems and the development of local communities.

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