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AES Professor Featured in the News! 

Dr. Fred Watson was featured in Monterey County Now for his work on  the Fort Ord Regional Trail and Greenway. 

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AES Student Lands Job with Catalina Island Marine Institute

Nathan Ito, a current Environmental Studies major, landed a job with the Catalina Marine Institute. He will work as a divemaster and marine science instructor and credits his work with Dr. Victoria Derr in ENSTU 365 for helping him secure the job. 

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AES Student Conducts Water Monitoring and Sediment Transport Research

Ellery Charleton, a current Environmental Science, Technology, and Policy major,  is conducting research with Dr. Jimmy Guilinger and Dr. John Olson in the Watershed Geology Lab and the Watershed Environments and Ecology Lab, focusing on water monitoring and sediment transport. 

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AES Professor Named Professor Emeritus 

Dr. Doug Smith is retiring from CSUMB at the end of the 2023- 2024 academic year following 24 years of academic and administrative service at CSUMB. 

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ENSCI Sweeps the 2024 CSUMB and CSU Grad Slam! 

Alyssa Anzalone and Gerhard Gross, both current Environmental Science Master's students, competed in CSUMB's third annual Grad Slam competition. Alyssa won first place for her presentation, while Gerhard won the People's Choice award.

Alyssa represented CSUMB at the statewide competition on May 3 and won the entire CSU-wide Grad Slam!

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ENSCI Student Defends Thesis on the Removal of Arundo donax During Wet and Dry Years

Savannah Saldana recently defended her thesis research “Evaluating Ecological Conditions of the Salinas River after the Removal of A. donax during Wet and Dry Years” in front of her committee and a public audience on Friday, May 3, 2024.

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ENSCI Student Defends Thesis on Developing Ecological Integrity Metrics for Wetlands

Rebecca Baggott recently defended her thesis research “Developing Metrics of Ecological Integrity for Wetlands on the Pyramid Lake Paiute Reservation” in front of her committee and a public audience on Tuesday, May 7, 2024. 

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ENSCI Student Conducts Research with California State Parks

Caroline Bolen, a current Environmental Science Master’s student, is currently completing a 400-hour internship with California State Parks as part of her Professional Science Master’s degree requirement. Caroline’s research focused on assessing species richness and abundance. 

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AES Lecturer Reflects on CSUMB Journey 

Erin Stanfield joined the CSUMB community in 2006 and is a valued lecturer in the AES Department. She is also an alumna of the Coastal Watershed Science & Policy (now known as Environmental Science, MS) program.

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AES Professor Wins 2024 Marian Penn Partnership Award

Dr. Victoria Derr, Associate Professor in AES, received the 2024 Service Learning Institute's Marian Penn Partnership Award for her partnership/work with Juan Ramirez, Community Programs Manager at the Elkhorn Slough Foundation, and Alice Miller and Cynthia Torres, teachers at Hall District Elementary School, and Kenton Parker, formerly at Elkhorn Slough and now volunteer. Their collaboration allows Hall District Elementary School students to experience ways of knowing, being, and belonging in nature.

AES Professor Interviewed by KSBW-8 for Landslide Expertise 

Dr. James Guilinger, assistant professor and PI of the Watershed Geology Lab, was interviewed by KSBW 8 for his expertise on landslides and how climate change has impacted the Central Coast, including the landslide at Highway 1.

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AES Professor and ENSCI MS Student Featured in the News! 

Dr. Fred Watson and Katherine Hardisty-Cranstone, a current Environmental Science Master's student, were featured in the Monterey County Weekly for their work at Rana Creek Ranch. 

AES Highlights

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