Links and Listservs Related to Environmental Science
(with a focus on Southern California)

Southern California Marine Institute (SCMI)

A strategic alliance of 23 major universities, colleges, and foundations in Southern California committed to providing marine expertise and hands-on experience to students at all levels, to achieve the highest and most efficacious level of research, to monitor the marine environment and to increase public awareness

SCMI’s mission is to foster marine research and education, focusing on urban impacts of the greater Los Angeles region on the coastal ocean. We seek to improve scientific understanding and the development of solutions that will enable coastal waters and watersheds to thrive, adapt and become resilient to ongoing environmental stressors.

CSU Council on Ocean Affairs, Science & Technology (COAST)

The CSU Council on Ocean Affairs, Science & Technology (COAST) is the umbrella organization for marine, coastal and coastal watershed related activities within the California State University (CSU).

COAST promotes research and education to advance our knowledge of marine and coastal resources and the processes that affect them. As a group we also disseminate scientific information to stakeholders for informed decision-making and the development of responsible policy across California.

COAST faculty members and students work in marine and coastal settings throughout California, along the west coast of the U.S., and internationally. Their research includes

§ The open and coastal ocean.
§ Coastal zones such as bays, estuaries and beaches.
§ Coastal watersheds where there are clear and direct linkages between the organism, material or process in the watershed and the coast or ocean.

also seems to be part of COAST: CSU Marine Resources

CSU Water Resources and Policy Initiatives (WRPI)

The California State University is helping change the way California manages water. Founded in 2008 and composed of more than 250 water experts from throughout its 23 campuses, the CSU's Water Resources and Policy Initiatives (WRPI) is developing water management solutions through research, partnerships, education and training that provides students with hands-on learning.

The WRPI is focused on:

§ Educating communities about best practices for water management and creating a training program to help water managers in disadvantaged communities learn efficient water management.
§ Developing internship programs with the USDA and EPA so students can enter the workforce ready to develop solutions for business, government and the public.
§ Commercializing new ideas in water industries and services such as Fresno State’s Center for Irrigation Technology’s innovations that are making irrigation more efficient than ever.

CSU Climate Change Research Community – listserv only

To be added, email Leslie Ponciano <>

Dr. Ponciano is Director of Research Opportunities, Department of Research, which is part of the CSU Chancellor’s Office

CSU Program for Education & Research in Biotechnology (CSUPERB)

The California State University Program for Education and Research in Biotechnology (CSUPERB) mission is to develop a professional biotechnology workforce by mobilizing and supporting collaborative CSU student and faculty research, innovating educational practices, and partnering with the life science industry.

CSUPERB provides seed grant funding, organizes an annual biotechnology symposium, sponsors industry-responsive curriculum, and serves as a liaison for the CSU with government, philanthropic, educational, and biotechnology industry partners. The program involves students and faculty from Life, Physical, Computer and Clinical Science, Engineering, Agriculture, Math and Business departments at all 23 CSU campuses.

AltaSea at the Port of Los Angeles

AltaSea is developing a new model for ocean-related science, business and education – a place where innovators collaborate to develop solutions critical to the survival of the earth and its inhabitants.

Through a bold plan conceived in concert with the community and stretching decades into the future, AltaSea is positioned to make an innovative mark on the future of Los Angeles and the planet.

We represent the convergence of business, education and science sectors aligning for rapid solutions, and our vision is based on the following major pillars:

§ Economic opportunities for future generations must be created
§ The ocean must be explored
§ Future generations must be fed
§ Future generations must have clean energy
§ Future challenges must be met

Southern California Coastal Ocean Observing System (SCOOS)

The Southern California Coastal Ocean Observing System (SCCOOS) is one of eleven regions that contribute to the national U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS®). The regional observing systems work to collect, integrate, and deliver coastal and ocean observations in order to improve safety, enhance the economy, and protect the environment. The primary goal of SCCOOS is to provide the scientific data and information needed to inform decision-making and better understand the changing conditions of the coastal ocean in Southern California. SCCOOS has aligned its priorities and objectives with the focus areas designated by U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS®), as identified by users and stakeholders throughout the nation.

Central and Northern California Ocean Observing System (CeNCOOS)

CeNCOOS is the Central and Northern California Ocean Observing System, we are part of a national framework of integrated coastal observing systems covering all coastal areas throughout the United States. This national framework is called the Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS) (link is external).

We are one of eleven geographically distinct observing systems in the IOOS network. The regional extent of CeNCOOS includes from Point Conception north to the California-Oregon border, from the coastline out to 200 nautical miles (the seaward extent of the Exclusive Economic Zone) and includes bays and estuaries in this region.

Within the state, CeNCOOS collaborates closely with its neighboring Regional Association, the Southern California Coastal Ocean Observing System - SCCOOS (link is external), and the state agencies supporting coastal management activities.

Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Units (CESU) Network

The Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Units (CESU) Network is a national consortium of federal agencies, tribes, academic institutions, state and local governments, nongovernmental conservation organizations, and other partners working together to support informed public trust resource stewardship. The CESU Network includes more than 425 nonfederal partners and 15 federal agencies across seventeen CESUs representing biogeographic regions encompassing all 50 states and U.S. territories. The CESU Network is well positioned as a platform to support research, technical assistance, education and capacity building that is responsive to long-standing and contemporary science and resource management priorities.

CSU Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Specialty Center

The CSU GIS Specialty Center was established in 1992 to promote geographic information systems (GIS) and geographic techniques for spatial analysis within the California State University System. An important part of learning GIS technology is to see how others are using it. This CSU GIS website has been created to help facilitate inter-campus communication. Member CSU campuses participate in a software site license with Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI) for GIS software, Erdas and ENVI for remote sensing and image processing software, and Trimble for GPS software. Benefits include access to training and complimentary registrations for the ESRI User and Education User Conferences. Perhaps most importantly, the GIS Specialty Center promotes intercampus dialogue on teaching, research and application issues within the field of Geographic Information Science.

Moss Landing Marine Lab (MLML) – affiliated with San Jose State

Moss Landing Marine Laboratories (MLML) administers the Master of Science in marine science program for California State Universities in northern and central California, and is dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in both education and research. An outfitted marine operations department, active research diving program and state of the art equipment allow for cutting edge research in a wide variety of disciplines including: marine ecology; the biology of marine plants, invertebrates, fishes, turtles, birds and mammals; oceanography and marine geology; chemistry and biogeochemistry. MLML is known for a hands-on, field-oriented approach which places our students, faculty, researchers and staff at the frontiers of marine science worldwide where discoveries are being made. MLML provides the skills and training so students become successful scientists, teachers and resource managers serving societal needs involving marine issues.

Southern California Coastal Water Research Project (SCCWRP)

The Southern California Coastal Water Research Project (SCCWRP) is a leading U.S. environmental research institute that works to develop a scientific foundation for informed water-quality management in Southern California and beyond. Since its founding as a public agency in 1969, SCCWRP has been a champion of sound interdisciplinary approaches to solving complex challenges in water management. The agency investigates not only how to more effectively monitor and protect Southern California’s ocean and coastal watersheds, but also how to bridge the gap between water-quality research and the management community that relies on this science.

Partnership for Interdisciplinary Studies of Coastal Oceans (PISCO)

PISCO is a long-term scientific program led by scientists from four core campuses: Oregon State University; Stanford University’s Hopkins Marine Station; University of California, Santa Cruz; and University of California, Santa Barbara.

§ Conduct long-term and large-scale studies to understand the functioning of the coastal marine ecosystem along the U.S. west coast,

§ Focus on the biological and oceanographic drivers of rocky intertidal and kelp forest ecosystems,

§ Contribute science-based information that is relevant to important ocean policy decisions,

§ Engage with natural resource agencies and boundary organizations to ensure that this knowledge informs wise policy and management decisions regarding the marine environment,

§ Train and mentor university students in interdisciplinary, collaborative approaches to policy‐relevant science, and

§ Share the results of long term monitoring and experiments broadly through web-based data portals, scientific journals, and other formats that are usable by a wide variety of resource managers, policy makers and the public.

Collaborators from other institutions also contribute to leadership and development of PISCO programs. Core funding from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation and additional funding from diverse public and private sources, make this unique partnership possible.

National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS)

NCEAS conducts transformational science focused on informing solutions that will allow people and nature to thrive. We are an independent research affiliate of the University of California, Santa Barbara, with a global network and impact.

We work to accelerate scientific discoveries that will enhance our understanding of the world and benefit people and nature, as well as to transform the scientific culture to be more open, efficient, and collaborative. We do this by

§ Enabling collaborations between the brightest minds in the environmental sciences

§ Conducting breakthrough science that is grounded in big-picture thinking

§ Improving analyses through computing innovations that increase the (re)usability of data

§ Partnering with agencies and organizations that can help put the science to action

§ Training and inspiring generations of scientists to practice synthesis and open science

San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS) Mitigation Monitoring Program - based at the Marine Science Institute, UC Santa Barbara

The San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS) Mitigation Monitoring Program is based at the Marine Science Institute, University of California Santa Barbara. Long-term monitoring and evaluation of the SONGS mitigation projects is a condition of the coastal development permit issued by the California Coastal Commission (CCC) for the operation of SONGS Units 2 and 3. The Permit requires Southern California Edison (SCE) as majority owner and operating agent of SONGS to design and build mitigation projects that adequately compensate for the adverse effects of the power plant’s once-through seawater cooling system on coastal marine resources. UCSB scientists working under the direction of the Executive Director of the CCC are responsible for designing and implementing monitoring programs aimed at determining the effectiveness of these mitigation projects. Funding for the SONGS Mitigation Monitoring Program is provided by SCE as a requirement of their coastal development permit for operating SONGS.