College of Science

Department of Applied Environmental Science

Suzanne Gilmore '03: Environmental Resource Manager

Suzanne Gilmore

Suzanne knew she wanted a career in the field of environmental management and the ESSP program (now ESTP) helped her to explore all the different fields within environmental science work. During upper division college coursework Suzanne also volunteered in the community, worked on internships, and completed applied research projects.

Redwood stand

While attending CSUMB, Suzanne held an internship for the Coastal Watershed Council collecting field data and learning about coastal watershed systems (such as water quality monitoring, stream flow measurements, nonpoint discharges, and benthic macroinvertebrate studies). She pursued further opportunities through individual research projects (such as field data collection with Dr Doug Smith and benthic macroinvertebrate studies for CCoWS). She also volunteered in the community Urban Watch program, First Flush program and helped with science interpretation for the United Farm Workers. Suzanne then graduated from CSUMB in May of 2003.

Since graduation, Suzanne has gained a broad background in environmental policy while working for the State of California. For about two years, Suzanne held an environmental scientist position working on non-native invasive species issues. This work was primarily involved with ballast water regulations for large maritime vessels visiting California ports. She spent much of her time researching and facilitating technical advisory committees to attain the best available science on invasive species in ballast water and possible ballast water treatment methods. Then she transferred to a Coastal Program Analyst position for the California Coastal Commission. During her time there, she worked on implementing mitigation requirements for development impacts on the coast. Suzanne is now working for the Department of Fish and Game implementing the Streambed Alteration Program, in accordance with the California Environmental Quality Act, and the California Endangered Species Act. In this position Suzanne often works with the public and various stakeholders to implement policies that protect the State’s wildlife and habitat.

Suzanne feels her education in the ESSP watershed systems concentration (now ESTP) broadly prepared her for many of the challenges in the field of environmental resource management. More importantly, the professors are obviously passionate about what they do.

Coastline and ocean