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Natural Sciences at California State University, Monterey Bay is the online hub for an array of academic degree programs, research laboratories, and community outreach programs. All natural science programs provide outstanding opportunities for both undergraduate and graduate students to learn how to use interdisciplinary science and technology to serve community needs. Theses programs place a heavy emphasis on preparing students for rewarding careers and/or more advanced academic study in fields related to environmental resource assessment, management, and policy. Faculty clusters provide particular strengths in marine and terrestrial biology/ecology, watershed science and hydrology, environmental science education, advanced technologies for geospatial data work, and molecular biology and genetics.

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  • CSUMB Science Faculty, Researchers, and Students are at the Forefront of Agricultural Innovations

    The state of California is aiming to establish more sustainable, safe and efficient agricultural practices - and CSUMB faculty, researchers and students are leading the way!

  • Recent Graduate Currently Serving as NASA DEVELOP Research Participant

    Arev Markarian, a recent graduate of the Applied Marine and Watershed Science master’s program, is currently serving as a DEVELOP Research Participant at NASA Ames Research Center. The NASA DEVELOP National Internship Program utilizes interdisciplinary research projects to address environmental, public policy, and community concerns across the globe.

  • Associate Professor Contributes to National Academy of Sciences Reports on Coral Reef Persistence

    Dr. Cheryl Logan, Associate Professor at CSUMB, has spent the past year and a half serving as 1 of 12 international members on a National Academy of Sciences committee researching interventions to increase coral reef persistence in the face of climate change.

  • Graduate Student Defends Thesis on Bioassessment Tools for Non-perennial Rivers and Streams

    Matthew Robinson, current Applied Marine and Watershed Science student, recently defended his Master’s thesis. Matt has spent the past three years as a Graduate Research Assistant under the supervision of Dr. John Olson, developing dry-phase biological assessment tools for non-perennial rivers and streams (NPRS).

  • UROC Scholars Receive National STEM Awards

    Four Undergraduate Research Opportunities Center (UROC) scholars recently received national recognition for their leadership and innovation in science research this month. Two Marine Science majors, Parker Smith and Victoria Assad, were among these scholars.

  • Graduate Student Secures Funding to Study Coral Resilience in American Samoa

    Melissa Naugle, a graduate student at CSUMB, was recently awarded two competitive grants to fund her thesis research in American Samoa. Funding from The Explorers Club (Mamont Scholar Grant), the CSUPERB Travel Grant, and the Myers Oceanographic Trust will be utilized to conduct her research on coral thermal tolerance this summer.

  • Recent ENSTU graduates & Assistant Professor Publish Climate Impact Report

    Environmental Studies (ENSTU) graduates, Caitlyn Barrera and Kianni Ledezma, alongside Dr. Victoria Derr recently published the climate impact report: "How a Changing Climate is Affecting Farmworkers in the Pájaro Valley." This report was published in partnership with Regeneracion: Pájaro Valley Climate Action.

  • ENSTU Undergraduate One of Two Undergraduates Awarded Pre-Doctoral Summer Research Scholarships

    SEASIDE, Calif., May 7, 2019 – Two CSUMB seniors, both CSU Sally Casanova Scholars for the 2018-2019 academic year, have been awarded summer research fellowships for summer 2019 through the CSU Pre-Doctoral Program. Jordin Simons, an Undergraduate Research Opportunities Center (UROC) scholar and environmental studies major, will head to the Center for Regional Change at the University of California, Davis, this summer.

  • SNS Assistant Professor plays key role in securing Cal Fire grant

    SNS Assistant Professor, Dr. John Olson, played a key role in securing a $227,591 grant awarded to CSUMB's University Corporation at Monterey Bay. The grant will cover San Benito and Monterey County’s fire prevention planning and mapping. In addition, it will provide CSUMB students with internship opportunities at Cal Fire to conduct landscape analysis.

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