||2020 COHORT
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UC Santa Cruz is excited to welcome its second Coastal Science and Policy cohort for Fall 2020. Meet the members of the second cohort below:

Kalina Browne

Villa, St. Vincent and the Grenadines & New York, United States

Kalina is particularly interested in the CSP program because of the interdisciplinary nature of the program and opportunities to combine her technical education with policy and leadership. She became interested in policy while working as an intern in the Economic Planning and Sustainable Development division of the Ministry of Finance for the Government of St. Vincent and the Grenadines. She’s also interested in environmental justice and has been working on ocean-climate change policy and climate justice with the Ocean Conservancy as a RAY Conservation Fellow. She is a Prince Albert of Monaco II Foundation Climate Change Masters Scholar.

Gabriel Curbelo

Florida, United States

Gabriel is interested in the intersections of environmental planning, coastal zone management, and resilience policy. Gabriel has worked with Miami’s oldest environmental non-profit, the Tropical Audubon Society, and the National Park Service at Everglades National Park. Gabriel was also one of the founders of the non-profit’s award-winning advocacy education program, connecting South Floridians to the local environmental movement through workshops and field activities. Through the National Park Service, he has worked to connect students to the Everglades through hikes in tropical hardwood hammocks, “slough slogs” into the cypress domes, and community outreach. As he pursues his Masters, he would like to apply his background in the social and natural sciences to explore how environmental change will impact vulnerable coastal communities in the US, and what practices are most effective to promote resilience in these areas.

Diana Fu

California, United States

With undergraduate degrees in environmental science and critical race studies, Diana has worked for years in New York City expanding environmental education to underserved communities, coordinating citizen science projects, and organizing neighborhoods for environmental justice. She is extremely excited to utilize CSP’s interdisciplinary opportunities to explore the impacts of education and community engagement on environmental justice issues faced by coastal communities in California. In addition to extensive scientific experience, Diana is also a writer and has been the recipient of many fellowships and awards, including the Leonard A. Slade, Jr Poetry Fellowship for Writers of Color and a Pushcart Nomination in Poetry.

Sarah Mastroni

California, United States

Sarah’s interest in oceans and marine biology was cultivated at an early age along the coasts of Northern California before she went to UCLA to study Marine Biology. Sarah has extensive field experience working on marine science projects in the Great Barrier reef and more recently on NSF-funded projects of climate change on intertidal zones in Alaska. She has also engaged in science education and interpretation roles in California and Alaska. She’s particularly interested in macroalgae as it relates to healthily functioning ecosystems and ocean-based communities.

Andrea Paz Lacavex

Ensenada, Mexico

Andrea is currently working on a year-long postgraduate study that focuses on interdisciplinary work for environmental management in Mexico. She has been diving the Mexican Pacific since 2016 as part of MEXCAL, a scientific and academic group that focuses on coastal ecosystems assessment and monitoring. She brings extensive experience working with multiple universities and NGOs on scientific projects in marine and terrestrial environments. She is a lead author on two scientific publications and has led workshops on climate change and oceans for fishing communities in Baja California. For her capstone project Andrea would like to explore coastal resilience of temperate rocky reefs in Mexico, how mining has impacted coastal habitat quality, and impacts on local fishing communities. She wishes to focus on improving management techniques that take societal as well as ecological needs into account.

Niomi Pridina

Jakarta Selatan, Indonesia

Niomi began her career in marine conservation in 2015, while she was working at MantaWatch, a manta ray conservation organization, designing and developing an internship program in Indonesia. In 2016, she was selected to participate in the East-West Center Fellowship in Hawai‘i. Currently, she has been working on supporting a program focused on the improvement of small-scale fisheries management in coastal communities. These experiences inform her understanding of how important policy-making is in biodiversity conservation. She is particularly interested in marine protected area governance and stakeholder engagement. While at CSP she hopes to study how MPAs impact local communities in Indonesia and whether their current policies maximize improvement in community livelihoods.

Timothy Scully

Repass-Rodgers Fellowship on California Salmon Restoration Policy

California, United States

Timothy currently works for the US Fish & Wildlife Service in Lodi, California on a monitoring program for native salmon and delta smelt in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, which has informed his particular interest in the Repass-Rodgers Fellowship at CSP. Timothy believes the CSP program will help him develop his goal of designing creative solutions that will help solve the water wars in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and save its endangered aquatic species. Timothy has previously served as an AmeriCorps Watershed Stewards Program Member with the San Luis Obispo Steelhead Initiative, working on various restoration projects and monitoring programs with the goal of enhancing the South-Central California Coast steelhead population. Timothy graduated from Humboldt State University with a B.S. in Environmental Management & Protection, and was awarded the Humboldt Leadership Scholarship in 2016.

Austen Stovall

North Carolina, United States

Originally from the town of Kill Devil Hills on the coast of North Carolina, Austen has a deep connection to the coastal zone.  Post undergraduate, Austen worked for a diverse array of conservation nonprofits focused on coral reef conservation. Austen has extensive field experience working on coral reefs and with coastal communities in the US Virgin Islands, Panama, Florida, and the Turks and Caicos. Most recently, Austen served as the 2018-2020 National Coral Reef Management Fellow in the US Virgin Islands under the Division of Coastal Zone Management at the St. Croix East End Marine Park. Working on the ground in coastal resource management solidified Austen’s desire to work in coastal management and policy. Additionally, Austen’s experience working on St. Croix just months after the devastating Hurricanes Irma and Maria reinforced her interest not just in studying marine systems, but societal and environmental vulnerabilities to climate change. Austen has two outlined goals in the CSP program: “to advocate for coastal adaptation and resilience in the coastal planning process, and to build community capacity to advocate for systematic changes that will prepare them for the threats that climate change poses to their coastal livelihoods”. Austen is excited to strengthen her skills and discover actionable coastal management solutions through the CSP Program.

Chinonso Uzowihe

Washington D.C., United States and Nigeria

Chinonso is particularly interested in the CSP program because of its focus on coastal communities and climate change, location, and partnerships. Furthermore, he points out that being in California would be an opportunity to learn how the state is taking steps to combat environmental change, carbon emissions, sea level rise, and generally acting as a leader in environmental policy. While at CSP, Chinonso would like to explore coastal adaptation and stakeholder engagement in addition to how current environmental policy impacts local communities and coastal health. He has participated in multiple NSF funded field opportunities, including the STEM Student Experiences Aboard Ships (STEMSEAS) and an REU in Belize.

William Ware

Florida, United States

William considers interdisciplinary research to understand how fisheries resources address poverty by drafting research projects at the interface of fisheries management, human dimensions, and environmental justice. He wants to compare how people from diverse socioeconomic groups access and interact with natural resources, consider how fishing motives and behavior vary between these groups, and whether fisheries managers are addressing the needs of historically underrepresented groups. Last year, he volunteered with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, interned with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, and volunteered in freshwater and marine fisheries research labs at the University of Florida. After investigating case studies in Florida, William is laying a foundation for exploring new case studies in California by collaborating with small-scale fisheries researchers, social scientists, and ecologists. William looks forward to learning more about how the California Department of Fish and Wildlife structures its recreational fisher surveys, whether available data indicates the socioeconomic status of fishers, and recreational harvest consumption. This information will help him consider whether recreational fish harvests are a significant part of the diets of fishers and their families, as well as the health implications of fish consumption from different survey sites.

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