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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 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.

Read about Galuh's Year 2 Capstone

Galuh will work closely with the USAID Sustainable Ecosystem Advanced (SEA) Project team in Indonesia to highlight bright spots and lessons learned for integrating and sustaining successful activities in government programs. The result of this research will both highlight best practices for successful project integration but also ensure that future beneficial marine and fisheries projects can be sustained more successfully and result in government-led impact.

Patrick Cage

San Diego, California

Patrick is committed to transforming climate change policy and politics for a better future. Before CSP, Patrick worked in international climate policy and carbon quantification with the Greenhouse Gas Management Institute for nearly 4 years. During this time, Patrick worked at the science-policy interface to support governments in tracking progress and creating accountability under the Paris Agreement. Patrick developed curriculum and helped launch new academic programs in China, Indonesia, and Central Africa, relocated to the Caribbean to establish a 12-country technical “policy co-op,” developed guidance for sustainability managers to assess offset quality, and participated in five United Nations climate summits. Patrick believes that solving climate change is essential for the health of the ocean. Patrick is drawn to research approaches that blend qualitative and qualitative analyses to deliver insights and spur climate action. Through the CSP program, Patrick is aiming to expand his analytical toolkit and improve his systems thinking skills for strategic climate action.

Read about Patrick's Year 2 Capstone

Polling in the 2020 election cycle indicates that climate is a winning issue among key persuasion and turnout voters in the United States. Patrick is studying the role of climate and clear air in the 2020 elections, and how this political shift can be leveraged for effective policy change. To support this, Patrick will serve as the first Head of Impact for Climate Cabinet LLC., a startup offering open source climate data and election messaging to congressional candidates running for national and state office. Patrick will design and implement systems to capture Climate Cabinet’s impact and to improve internal program effectiveness. To do so, he is using Python to analyze how hundreds of political candidates message digitally on climate change and ocean issues.

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. He is also a passionate fisherman himself.

Tom is driven by the knowledge that fishing is the cornerstone of food security, livelihoods and cultural identity for millions of the world’s coastal people. He believes that advocating for small-scale fishers’ rights to access and manage their local fisheries is critical to protecting coastal ecosystems from overexploitation. Through the CSP Program, Tom will work with coastal communities in Liberia to co-create innovative, cross-disciplinary solutions to sustainable fisheries challenges.

Read about Tom's Year 2 Capstone

For his capstone, Tom is exploring how the introduction of private property rights and new governance institutions for inshore fisheries in Liberia, in the form of Wealth-Based Fisheries and Co-Management Associations, are affecting wealth, rights and resilience in coastal fishing communities. Tom will also be working alongside Conservation International in Liberia to support the Blue Oceans Programme, which aims to promote a healthy ocean for human well-being.

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.

COMING Soon: Read about Maxwell Azali's Year 2 Capstone

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.

Read about Abel's Year 2 Capstone

For his capstone, Abel will conduct a comparative study of thermal properties and the cost-effectiveness of pellets and briquettes, to improve on his prior innovation of a deforestation-free, solid fuel made from recycled agricultural waste. Abel will explore appropriate designs of cookstoves and compute carbon offsets benefits of pellets and briquettes using the improved cookstoves. He will also develop a business plan and pitch deck for attracting investments to a new cooking technology startup that he plans to launch after graduation in Malawi. To contribute new knowledge to science,  he will publish the lessons learned from the capstone year in a peer-reviewed journal.

Ando Rabearisoa


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.

Read about Ando's Year 2 Capstone

For her capstone, Ando is keen to explore how locally managed marine areas can alleviate poverty in least developed countries.

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 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.

Read about Rafid's Year 2 Capstone

For his capstone, Rafid is investigating the critical habitat of Pelagic Thresher Shark (Alopias pelagicus) using a combination of satellite and acoustic telemetry within Alor Marine Protected Area. The project will also find the potential of tourism as alternative livelihood solutions for shark fishing communities and produce a policy analysis for improving shark conservation in the region.

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.

Read about Juan Carlos' Year 2 Capstone

Juan Carlos will pilot a triple-impact approach for the evaluation of small scale fisheries within the scope of a Fisheries Improvement Project (FIP), assessing environmental, social and economic performance. The evaluation tool will be tested for the Peruvian mahi-mahi longline fishery.

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