• CMBC Grads making Waves

    Posted on June 14th, 2017 Chris Knight No comments

    We once again take a few minutes to follow some of our CMBC graduates as they make a difference in the world of marine science


    STEPHANIE NEHASILSTEPHANIE NEHASIL (MAS-MBC 2010) has received an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship award and was admitted as a PhD student into the UCSD Department of Biology.  She will be working with the Kurle lab and NOAA SWFSC on how environmental variability drives predator-prey dynamics in the California Current Ecosystem.







    ERENDIRA ACEVES (MAS-MBC 2009ERENDIRA ACEVES (MAS-MBC 2009) has completed her Ph.D. at the Bren School(UCSB) working on the ecological and social impacts of Gulf of California Pelagic Fisheries. Focusing primarily on artisanal fisheries, her research seeks to understand the social and ecological consequences of different spatial management tools to inform policy-making.











    JENNIFER MCWHORTER (MAS-MBC - 2014)JENNIFER MCWHORTER (MAS-MBC – 2014) is featured in this 13 minute clip about what she does as Public Relations Coordinator for the Coastal Data Information Program (CDIP) and the Southern California Coastal Ocean Observing System (SCOOS).

    “In my current position, I communicate various applications of oceanographic data observations to a broad audience of stakeholders. My time is split between the Coastal Data Information Program (CDIP) and the Southern California Coastal Ocean Observing System (SCCOOS) both of which focus on applied science. CDIP owns and operates a network of 65 wave buoys around the entire U.S. including the Puerto Rico, Guam, the Marshall Island, Palau and American Samoa. ”


  • CMBC Alumni Making Waves

    Posted on May 3rd, 2017 Chris Knight No comments

    This week, we’re taking a look at 2 alum who are making a difference in shaping both the way we manage and measure the health of our oceans as we look for the best ways to protect them.

    PALOMA AGUIRE (MAS-MBC 2015)PALOMA AGUIRRE (MAS-MBC 2015) after serving her John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship at the Office of US Senator Cory Booker, she is continuing her awesome ocean career at the Pew Charitable Trusts working as their Federal Fisheries Policy Analyst. Her primary responsibilities include leading efforts to advance ecosystem-based fishery management and maintain core fish conservation requirements in federal legislation and regulations through policy analyses, public comment letters on proposed rules, legislative proposals and summaries.

    Look here for more information about the work the Pew Trust is doing towards Federal Ocean Policy.


    MELISSA OMAND (PH.D. 2011)MELISSA OMAND (PH.D. 2011), currently an Assistant Professor for the University of Rhode Island, was recently named one of the 10 scientists to watch by Science News. She has been studying the mechanisms — such as currents and the dining and dying of microorganisms — that move carbon and nutrients through the ocean. Understanding these movements and their effect on the oceans ability to absorb carbon dioxide are being recognized as vital to “predicting the fate of our climate.”

    To learn more about Dr. Omand’s very cool work, Science News has got you covered:



  • Another Innovative IGERT Idea

    Posted on November 5th, 2009 jill 2 comments
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    Here’s another entry in the YPO-Scripps Innovation Challenge from a group of CMBC students.  The challenge encourages creative solutions to environmental problems and builds partnerships between business leaders and scientists.

    We believe that the simplest ideas hold the most promise.  In developing nations, artisanal fisheries are important sources of both food and jobs.  However, when they’re not well-managed, small-scale fisheries can lead to problems for communities and for the environment.

    We think that the solution to this problem already exists.  We just need the resources and expertise to put the tools into action.

  • Join the IGERT team!

    Posted on October 30th, 2009 emily No comments

    Sproul_CMBC_summer08Good news, graduate-school-applying friends!  You’ve found a great potential home for your awesome interdisciplinary self–  The IGERT program in Global Change, Marine Ecosystems and Society is now accepting fellowship applications!

    The main goal of the IGERT program is to get people talking with one another across disciplines to solve complex problems.  And this is more than the occasional beer you might have with that guy in the anthropology department.  Truly, the IGERT program aims to have students tackle issues from all sides through increasing each student’s knowledge-base, interdisciplinary training and experience, and collaborations.  The faculty under the IGERT umbrella are an incredible bunch.  It’s hard to not enjoy watching Dick Norris get the twinkle in his eye when discussing the strata lining Black’s Beach, listening to Naomi Oreskes on a roll about the misinformation campaign for global warming, or talking with Ted Groves about the economics of turtle conservation.  Plus, one of the coolest parts of CMBC is the student body.  I know I speak for others when I say that my fellow CMBCers and Scrippsonians have been essential to my growth as a student and scientist over the past year.  To mention study groups, mentoring in the lab, international training underwater, and long discussions over coffee would not even begin to describe this support.

    Check out the blog for profiles of past and present CMBCers to get a sense for this incredible student body and the work coming out of CMBC.  But in the end, you just need to apply and join in!