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M.S. Students 2020-08-24T15:47:19-07:00

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.

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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.

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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

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.

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

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.

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.

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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