2019 COHORT

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2019 COHORT 2020-05-04T12:54:32-07:00

2019 COHORT

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 is passionate about effective policy development, conservation, advocacy, and communication. Galuh holds a degree in Forest Conservation and Ecotourism from IPB University. She served as the student delegate at various events including the United Nations Forum on Forest in 2004, 2005 and 2006. As an undergraduate she connected Indonesian students with various international institutions so that they could gain forestry experience from a world perspective. Later she worked as a research assistant at the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) and as a Forestry Officer at Tropenbos International Indonesia.

In 2008, she joined Rare Indonesia, an international conservation organization that specializes in locally-led behavior change initiatives to protect natural resources. Galuh helped establish the Policy Department at Rare in Indonesia to advocate for evidence-based policies at district, provincial, and national levels. As part of Rare, Galuh built inter-institutional partnerships to enhance success. Through her work, Galuh saw first hand the impact sustainable small-scale fisheries can have on global fisheries. While studying at UCSC, Galuh is eager to learn more about coastal science and policy, share her international experience, and learn new approaches to enhance the efficacy of policy and practices in Indonesia.

Patrick Cage

San Diego, California

Patrick has worked in international climate policy and carbon quantification since 2015 with the Greenhouse Gas Management Institute. During this time, Patrick worked at the science-policy interface between government and academia. Patrick developed curriculum for academic programs in China, Indonesia, and Central Africa, relocated to Grenada to launch a 12-country technical “policy co-op,” wrote guidance for high-integrity offsetting, and regularly participated in the United Nations climate summits. Patrick’s professional drive is to accelerate innovative climate solutions that provide rigorous environmental benefits and positive social co-benefits. As a Californian in climate, Patrick is exploring ocean-climate actions, focused on low-carbon blue livelihoods and seaweed feed additives that can drastically reduce methane emissions from enteric fermentation (cows burping!). As his CSP capstone project, Patrick is designing and directing a one-year project to build smallholder aquaculture livelihoods in Kenya and the Gambia, supported by the Bridge Spark Fund.

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 introduced the public to the ecology of the seashore. Before arriving in Santa Cruz, Tom worked 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 community-led conservation and resource management 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.

Maxwell Azali Kodia

Mombasa, Kenya

Azali has been involved in a variety of coral reef ecology and fisheries projects in Kenya, and has worked closely with local communities to build their capacity in adaptive management through training on simple coral reef monitoring methods. Until joining the CSP program, Azali worked with WCS Kenya Marine Program as an early career Research Scientist, where he participated in forums to disseminate research results to communities and fisheries practitioners. He is particularly interested in building local capacity for fish stock assessments by implementing participatory length-based assessment methods to inform management and encourage sustainable practices. With a degree in Coastal Science and Policy, Azali hopes to strengthen the connection between effective policy, natural resource sustainability, and coastal community livelihoods.

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. His work volunteering at National Youth Network on Climate Change focused 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. Abel represented Malawi as a youth delegate for United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) COP 25 and was recently published in Climate Impacts on Agricultural and Natural Resource Sustainability in Africa. Abel has also been named Small and Medium Size Entrepreneurs Role Model for African Union Citizens and Diaspora Directorate (CIDO) for establishing a model farm in rural Malawi for climate-smart agriculture practices. 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

Madagascar

Ando has worked with Conservation International, Madagascar, for ten years. Most recently, Ando acted as the Manager for the Marine Conservation Program where she oversees the implementation of social impacts and effectiveness assessments 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, her goal is to find integrated solutions to achieve social development that promote natural resources management because these solutions will alleviate the poverty in Madagascar considerably.

Rafid Shidqi

Indonesia

Rafid is an early-career conservationist from the city South Tangerang, Indonesia. He was the East-West Center fellow in Hawai’i and winner of the Future Conservationist Award from the Conservation Leadership Programme. After he graduated from university, Rafid moved and worked in the epicenter of marine biodiversity—the coral triangle region of Indonesia. His passion for sharks and rays was nurtured through volunteer work in Lamakera, East Nusa Tenggara—the biggest manta ray hunting community in the world. Rafid conducted ecology research on endangered sharks and rays, and is developing specific goals for solving the livelihood conflicts with Indonesian remote coastal communities who are dependent on these species. Until joining CSP he led the Thresher Shark Project Indonesia, an initiative to transition communities from traditional shark-hunting to sustainable alternative livelihoods using 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 approaches that could help conserve endangered species, while also maintaining livelihoods of coastal communities.

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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