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The School of Natural Sciences (SNS) is the administrative home for an array of academic degree programs, research laboratories, and community outreach programs. All SNS programs provide outstanding opportunities for both undergraduate and graduate students to learn how to use interdisciplinary science and technology to serve community needs. SNS places 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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  • 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.

  • SNS Associate Professor appointed to the AGU Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Committee

    SNS associate professor Dr. Corey Garza was appointed to the Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Committee for the American Geophysical Union (AGU). The committee promotes diversity and respect by facilitating organizational practices outlined in the AGU Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Plan.

  • SNS Assistant Professor Publishes Article in Global Ecology and Biogeography

    Dr. Eric Crandall, SNS Assistant Professor, recently published a scientific paper in Global Ecology and Biogeography titled "The molecular biogeography of the Indo‐Pacific: Testing hypotheses with multispecies genetic patterns".

  • Pathway to Success: SNS Graduate Students Secure Fellowships with California Sea Grant

    The School of Natural Sciences (SNS) has been home to an in-house graduate program since 2006. Originally debuted as Coastal and Watershed Science and Policy (CWSP), the program changed names in 2013 to Applied Marine and Watershed Science (AMWS). Now known as Environmental Science (ENSCI), this program has prepared numerous graduate alumni for success in the California Sea Grant State Fellows Program.

  • SNS Adjunct Faculty Awarded 'Best Paper' by Remote Sensing

    Vince Ambrosia, SNS Adjunct Faculty member and NASA ARC-CREST Senior Scientist, was recently awarded 'Best Paper' by the peer-reviewed scientific journal Remote Sensing. The article discusses the advantages of repurposing unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) for use in the science research sector.

  • AMWS Graduate Student tackles projects, wins awards, and promotes student success prior to graduation

    Jessie Doyle is a soon-to-be graduate of the Applied Marine and Watershed Science master’s program (now known as Environmental Science) at CSUMB. Throughout her time as a graduate student, Jessie has tackled an array of natural resource management projects that span the Central Coast – and the arctic.

  • Two SNS Alumnae Awarded 2019 California Sea Grant State Fellowships

    SEASIDE, Ca., March 29, 2019 -- California Sea Grant has selected 23 recipients—the largest cohort yet—for its prestigious State Fellowship. This opportunity provides fellows with unparalleled and hands-on training at the interface of science, communication, policy and management at either a municipal, state or federal host agency in California for one year.

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