College of Science

Department of Marine Science

Center for Coastal and Marine Ecosystems

CWCC 2019 Group Photo
Center-Wide Core Competency (CWCC) Course 2019 Group Photo
Pat Iampietro demonstrating drone work, also pictured Alex Thomsen
Pat Iampietro demonstrating drone work at CWCC 2019, also pictured Alex Thomsen

Through funding provided by NOAA’s Educational Partnership Program with Minority Serving Institutions (EPP/MSI), CMEP is part of the NOAA Cooperative Science Center (CSC): the Center for Coastal and Marine Ecosystems (CCME). The objective of the CCME is to educate and train a new generation of scientists, particularly from underrepresented minority communities, in NOAA-relevant STEM disciplines and social sciences, equipped to utilize interdisciplinary approaches to address issues confronting marine and coastal communities. CCME forms a collaboration between the following academic institutions:

  • Florida A&M University (Lead Institution)
  • Bethune Cookman University
  • California State University, Monterey Bay
  • Jackson State University
  • Texas A&M University Corpus Christi
  • University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

CCME research is conducted in support of NOAA's line office, the National Ocean Service (NOS), and focuses on the following key NOS research priority areas:

For additional information, visit the CCME website or contact CMEP Director Dr. Corey Garza at cogarza@csumb.edu

  • Students applying to the thesis program in Environmental Science MS at CSUMB or the Marine Science MS at Moss Landing Marine Labs are eligible for funding. Prospective students must have a CSUMB faculty member as their primary advisor. Graduate students are eligible for two years of funding, which may be renewed for a third year if degree progress is satisfactory and funding is available. The application for fellowships starting in Fall 2022 is now open until February 1, 2022 at 11:59 pm PST!

    Please note: This program aims to recruit students from backgrounds underrepresented in NOAA disciplines as part of a strategy to diversify NOAA's future workforce.

    Student Support

    • $30,000 annual stipend
    • $7,176 annual tuition support
    • $8,000 research account
    • $10,000 NOAA internship funds
    • Additional travel and research support available

    Eligibility Requirements

    Application Instructions

    To begin the application process, follow the steps below.

    1. Contact a participating faculty member from the list below about your interest in graduate school and the NOAA CCME funding.
    2. Contact the coordinator for your preferred graduate program (contact information below), Environmental Science at CSUMB or Marine Science at Moss Landing. The graduate coordinators can provide you with information on admission requirements for each program.
    3. Complete all three key parts of the application, outlined below. If you have any questions, please contact us at cme@csumb.edu.

    If you would like to prepare your application materials before beginning your application, you may preview the application form.

    Part 1: Application Form

    • Complete the NOAA CCME Fall 2022 Graduate Student application form. This form asks for Applicant Information, Faculty Mentor Preferences, and Academic Background. You will also need to have your supporting documents ready to upload at the time of submittal. If you need to submit an application by mail, please contact cme@csumb.edu or 831-582-4188, and we will provide instructions for you.
    • Please review the mentors list below and consider who you are most interested in working with and why.

    Part 2: Contact Info for Two Recommendations

    At the time of submission, your application requires contact information for two persons who can assess your academic abilities, academic accomplishments and motivation, work habits, potential as a researcher, and your ability to participate in and benefit from a research internship program in marine geosciences. Please be sure to ask your recommenders for permission to include their information before final submission of your application.

    We do not require letters at the time of submission. Upon application review, if your application is shortlisted and you are invited to an interview, only then will we contact references to submit a letter after the application deadline. Recommenders will be contacted by email and asked to complete an online form, where they can upload their letter. Recommenders: Please do not send letters directly to the CMEP email.

    Part 3: Supporting Documents

    You will need four key documents to support your application:

    • A) Statement of Purpose 
      • This essay covers four areas: Motivation, Achievement, Research Interests and Career Goals. Use our REU Application Resources/Guide for further guidance. 
      • The personal statement submitted as part of your graduate school application will suffice.
      • Format: 2 pages maximum, 12-pt font, standard margins, single or double spacing will be accepted and is up to the applicant
    • B) Most Recent College Transcripts (Unofficial)
      • Please include Fall 2021 grades and Spring 2022 registered courses, if currently enrolled.
    • C) CV/Academic Resume (see guideline in REU Application Resources/Guide)
    • D) Proposed Research Plan (2 pages max): This should cover your proposed graduate research and how it aligns with at least one of the research focus areas of the NOAA CCME. Visit the NOAA CCME research page for a comprehensive review of the center's research areas.

    Faculty Mentors

    Environmental Science

    Alyssa Leadingham (aleadingham@csumb.edu), ES Program Coordinator

    Dr. Arlene Haffa (AHaffa@csumb.edu), Research Interests: Sustainable Agriculture, Climate Change, Microbial Bioremediation

    Dr. Daniel Fernandez (dfernandez@csumb.edu), Research Interests: Physics, Sustainability and Alternative Energy, Fog Water Collection

    Dr. John Olson (joolson@csumb.edu), Research Interests: Freshwater Ecology, Water Quality, Bioassessment

    Dr. JP Dundore-Arias (jdundorearias@csumb.edu), Research Interests: Role of Native Microbial Communities on Plant Community Assembly in Coastal Marshes, Influence of Plant-Invasion and Establishment of Non-Native Species

    Dr. Nathaniel Jue (njue@csumb.edu), Research Interests: Functional, Evolutionary, and Ecological Genomics, Bioinformatics

    Dr. Victoria Derr (vderr@csumb.edu), Research Interests: Place-Based and Community-Engaged Environmental Education, Green Schools and Green Space Planning, Participatory Action Research

    Marine Science

    Terra Eggink (teggink@mlml.calstate.edu), MLML Graduate Coordinator, (831) 771-4401

    Dr. Alison Haupt (ahaupt@csumb.edu), Research Interests: Kelp Forest Ecology, Anthropogenic Effects on Marine Ecosystems, Population Connectivity, Conservation Genetics

    Dr. Corey Garza (cogarza@csumb.edu), Research Interests: Marine Landscape Ecology, Intertidal Community Dynamics, Geospatial Technology

    Dr. James Lindholm (jlindholm@csumb.edu), Research Interests: Sub-Tidal Ecology, Approaches to Image Analysis, Science-Policy Interface

    Dr. Liz Alter (ealter@csumb.edu), Research Interests: Population and Ecological Genomics of Fishes and Marine Mammals, Environmental DNA, Conservation Genetics

    Dr. Sherry Palacios (spalacios@csumb.edu), Research Interests: Phytoplankton Biodiversity, Meso-Scale Ocean Features, Remote Sensing, Aquatic Optics

    Dr. Steve Moore (stmoore@csumb.edu), Research Interests: Benthic Marine Ecology, ROV Engineering, Biomechanics

  • The NOAA CCME Undergraduate Fellowship provides funding for two years to rising junior undergraduate students majoring in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields that directly support NOAA's mission. Participants conduct research with CSUMB faculty and NOAA scientists. The application for fellowships starting in Spring 2022 is now open until January 9, 2022 at 11:59 pm PST!
     
    Please note: This program aims to recruit students from backgrounds underrepresented in NOAA disciplines as part of a strategy to diversify NOAA's future workforce.
     

    Student Support

    • $14,000 annual stipend
    • $5,742 annual tuition support
    • $2,000 to support research at a NOAA facility
    • Additional travel and research support available

    Eligibility Requirements

    • Must be a U.S. Citizen
    • Must be currently enrolled as a full-time 2nd-year student in a four-year CSUMB STEM program, a currently enrolled student in a CSUMB STEM program with at least two years remaining or, transferring from a two-year institution to CSUMB
    • Studying a STEM discipline at CSUMB related to NOAA's programs and mission
    • Must earn and maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA

    Application

    There will be three key parts and all three parts must be completed for an applicant to be considered. For any questions about the program or application, please contact us at cme@csumb.edu. If you would like to prepare your application materials before beginning your application, you may preview the application form.

    Part 1: Application Form

    • Complete the Spring 2022 NOAA CCME Undergraduate application form. This form asks for Applicant Information, Faculty Mentor Preferences, and Academic Background. You will also need to have your supporting documents ready to upload at the time of submittal. If you need to submit an application by mail, please contact cme@csumb.edu or 831-582-4188, and we will provide instructions for you.
    • Please review the participating faculty listed below and consider who you are most interested in working with and why.

    Part 2: Contact Info for Two Recommendations

    At the time of submission, your application requires contact information for two persons who can assess your academic abilities, academic accomplishments and motivation, work habits, potential as a researcher, and your ability to participate in and benefit from a research internship program in marine geosciences. Please be sure to ask your recommenders for permission to include their information before final submission of your application.

    We do not require letters at the time of submission. Upon application review, if your application is shortlisted and you are invited to an interview, only then will we contact references to submit a letter (approximately mid-Jan 2022). Recommenders will be contacted by email and asked to complete an online form, where they can upload their letter. Recommenders: Please do not send letters directly to the CMEP email.

    Part 3: Supporting Documents

    You will need three key documents to support your application:

    • A) Statement of Purpose 
      • This essay covers four areas: Motivation, Achievement, Research Interests and Career Goals. Use our REU Application Resources/Guide for further guidance. 
      • Format: 2 pages maximum, 12-pt font, standard margins, single or double spacing will be accepted and is up to the applicant
    • B) College Transcripts (Unofficial or "released to student" version is fine!)
      • Please include Fall 2021 grades and Spring 2022 registered courses
    • C) CV/Academic Resume (see guideline in REU Application Resources/Guide)

    Participating Faculty

    All NOAA fellows must have a CSUMB tenure-track faculty as their lead mentor. Review the faculty profiles below to learn more about our faculty and their research programs. Applicants can select up to three prospective mentors as part of their application. Please review the faculty profiles below and contact prospective mentors prior to submitting your application.

    Dr. Alison Haupt (ahaupt@csumb.edu), Research Interests: Kelp Forest Ecology, Anthropogenic Effects on Marine Ecosystems, Population Connectivity, Conservation Genetics

    Dr. Arlene Haffa (ahaffa@csumb.edu), Research Interests: Sustainable Agriculture, Climate Change, Microbial Bioremediation

    Dr. Corey Garza (cogarza@csumb.edu), Research Interests: Marine Landscape Ecology, Intertidal Community Dynamics, Geospatial Technology

    Dr. Daniel Fernandez (dfernandez@csumb.edu), Research Interests: Physics, Sustainability and Alternative Energy, Fog Water Collection

    Dr. James Lindholm (jlindholm@csumb.edu), Research Interests: Sub-Tidal Ecology, Approaches to Image Analysis, Science-Policy Interface

    Dr. John Goeltz (jgoeltz@csumb.edu), Research Interests: Electrochemistry for energy, the environment, biology, and marine science

    Dr. John Olson (joolson@csumb.edu), Research Interests: Freshwater Ecology, Water Quality, Bioassessment

    Dr. Liz Alter (ealter@csumb.edu), Research Interests: Population and Ecological Genomics of Fishes and Marine Mammals, Environmental DNA, Conservation Genetics

    Dr. Nathaniel Jue (njue@csumb.edu), Research Interests; Functional, Evolutionary, and Ecological Genomics, Bioinformatics

    Dr. Sherry Palacios (spalacios@csumb.edu), Research Interests: Phytoplankton Biodiversity, Meso-Scale Ocean Features, Remote Sensing, Aquatic Optics

    Dr. Steve Moore (stmoore@csumb.edu), Research Interests: Benthic Marine Ecology, ROV Engineering, Biomechanics

    Dr. Victoria Derr (vderr@csumb.edu), Research Interests: Place-Based and Community-Engaged Environmental Education, Green Schools and Green Space Planning, Participatory Action Research