Coastal Sustainability Initiative
UC Santa Cruz is a global leader in marine science and environmental studies, which gives us expertise on both land and sea as we tackle the pressing issues of Coastal Sustainability. Our Coastal Science campus is perched on the edge of Monterey Bay, giving us immediate access to remarkable biodiversity; our research into the critical issues of sustainable agriculture is anchored in our 30-acre organic farm and garden.
Our plans include establishing a multi-disciplinary graduate program in coastal sustainability. From coastal economics to climate change to protecting threatened species, our goal is to make a substantive impact on environmental issues surrounding the health of fragile coastal ecosystems in California and all around the world. Our funding priorities include:
Sustainable Food Systems
An organically managed 2-acre garden and 25-acre farm on the main UC Santa Cruz campus serve as research, teaching, and training facilities. Funding will secure operations and improve access so the public can see firsthand the connection between agroecology and coastal sustainability.
- Mark Bittman NYT op-ed/video: The Roots of Organic Farming on Campus
- Paying it forward: annual Farm to Fork event honors past and future farmers
- Gift to UC Santa Cruz funds new chair in water resources and food sustainability
- Historic hay barn rises again to become a center for sustainability programs
- Campus farm adds Quarry Field to further farming, education, and research
- UC Santa Cruz—’The Mothership’ of organic agriculture—has much to offer the ambitious new UC Global Food Initiative
- $4 million gift for sustainable agriculture
- Former Farm Apprentice Wins National Food Sustainability Leadership Award
- Historic hay barn to be reinvented
- Hay barn deconstruction underway
- Center for Agroecology & Food Systems
- More on CASFS I More on the Hay Barn
Support for Interdisciplinary Research in Coastal Science
Endowments to support undergraduate student field research opportunities, and graduate and postdoctoral fellowships
- Ecologist Kristy Kroeker wins prestigious Packard Fellowship
- Focus of climate change discussions shifts from mitigation to adaptation
- PBS Newshour: Can Alaska’s waters be a respite for sick sea stars?
- 389 species saved from possible extinction
- Tracking sea star wasting disease
- Confronting challenges of drought
- At forefront in agricultural evolution
- Reflections on the Exxon Valdez oil spill
Coastal Sustainability Graduate Program
This academic program will ensure that the findings and insights generated by coastal scientists inform in-depth research and policy decisions in public and private sectors.
- UC Santa Cruz announces $560,000 grant from Wells Fargo for coastal sustainability graduate program and fellowships
Marine Mammal Research Facilities
The reconstruction and expansion of the outdoor research pools will allow important new studies of marine mammals, such as seals, sea lions, dolphins and sea otters.
- At Long Marine Lab, scientists and marine mammals are partners in research
- Sea otter at UC Santa Cruz’s Long Marine Lab turns 21 years old
- Where have all the otters gone?
- Learn about Long Marine Lab
- Dream job for student
Seymour Marine Discovery Center
For more than a dozen years, the Seymour Center has been fostering public understanding and awareness of coastal science research and conservation. An endowment will provide secure funding for this outstanding public resource.
Coastal Biology Building
Donor funds will leverage state investment in this new, coastal campus laboratory and lecture facility, supporting coastal science teaching and research.
- Campus and Wells Fargo officials break ground for Coastal Biology building
- Construction plans
- Project background
- Project in design
Resident sea lion Ronan keeps the beat
Introduction to UC Santa Cruz Farm and Garden
Working to save the Hawaiian monk seal