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Besides the climate change videos mentioned above, COS has spent the last year developing a variety of communications products to help us tell our story.

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Collin is an early career science fellow at the Center for Ocean Solutions. He works with Center partners on ongoing eDNA projects. His primary project is with the Marine Biodiversity Observation Network (MBON), a BOEM, NASA, and NOAA-funded project aimed at improving methods to assess biodiversity and health of marine environments. Collin and his team are working with MBARI and the University of South Florida to optimize molecular tools to measure both micro- and macro-organismal diversity in National Marine Sanctuaries, such as Monterey Bay and the Florida Keys.
 
Collin's research background includes using molecular and ecological methods to determine the health and physiological state of marine organisms. He completed his B.S. in Biology at the University of Georgia. His doctoral research focused on tropical coral diseases, reef health, and changes in associated microbial diversity. He began his doctoral studies in California at UC Merced and completed his Ph.D. at Penn State. After which, he was joint postdoctoral fellow at the University of Washington's School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences and the University of Maryland's Institute for Marine and Environmental Technology working on Sea Grant-funded projects to study oyster and abalone diseases in California. Collin is also an avid SCUBA diver. He has logged many recreational and scientific dives.
 
Contact: closek@stanford.edu 
 

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Science Partnerships Enabling Rapid Response

Our yearlong Science Partnerships Enabling Rapid Response (SPERR) project, in collaboration with Stanford ChangeLabs and funded by the Packard Foundation, identified an innovative solution: the Science Action Network (SAN). The SAN uniquely addresses the challenge of scientific collaboration during crises by linking academic and professional scientists to regional government planning and response bodies in order to coordinate and streamline scientific input for decision-making.
 

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Climate Talks

A Time for Sea Change

In the weeks surrounding the UN Climate Talks (COP21), COS produced two videos—A Time for Sea Change, and Solutions for Sea Change—highlighting the relationship between climate change and the ocean. In the videos, COS partner institutions experts, including Jim Barry (Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute), Larry Crowder (Center for Ocean Solutions), Rob Dunbar (Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment), Stephen Palumbi (Hopkins Marine Station), and Margaret Spring (Monterey Bay Aquarium) explain why the oceans need to be part of any conversation about climate change and what we can do to work toward solutions.
 

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Solutions for Sea Change


Incorporating Natural Capital into Coastal Adaptation Planning

11. The INCCAP project is working to protect California’s natural coastal habitats and vulnerable human infrastructure from the impacts of climate change. In 2015, COS and project partners (the Natural Capital Project and Stanford Law School) were awarded two years of funding by the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment to co-develop an online prioritization tool with California state-lev¬el coastal agency staff that will identify sites where coastal habitats can best provide protection from coastal hazards, as well as highlight policy pathways for implementing nature-based strategies.

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Ocean Policy Course

COS received its first education-related grant from the California Coastal Commission’s Whale Tail Grant Program to support its third biennial Ocean Policy Course. In total, 23 interdisciplinary students took part in this two-week short course in summer 2015, engaging with over 40 experts in ocean science and policy, including Beth Kerttula, Center Fellow and Director for the National Ocean Council and Steve Roady from Earthjustice, among others.
 

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Wicked Marine Problems

"Navigating Wicked Marine Problems,” a spring 2015 short course focused on whale and vessel interactions in the ocean as a case study of the complexity of ocean problems. The first of its kind in the region, this eight-week cross-campus course was co-developed by the Center for Ocean Solutions, the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, Moss Landing Marine Laboratories, and the Naval Postgraduate School, involving 22 interdisciplinary students from five of the seven MARINE campuses.
 

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Some examples of local, state, national and international organizations where COS “Emerging Ocean Leaders” are currently making a difference.

 

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