CSU Bakersfield student Kelsey Padilla discussing her research on the relationship between sea surface temperatures and precipitation levels with CSUB President Horace Mitchell and Governor Jerry Brown
Student researchers and their faculty mentors spend years working on projects that help solve complex water and coastal zone challenges. For 25 student-faculty teams, their experiments culminated with presentations of their findings to Governor Jerry Brown, CSU campus presidents, Trustees and other CSU officials after the Board of Trustees meeting on March 25.
“It’s so nice that the Trustees and Presidents get to speak to students one-on-one , see what they are working on and hear what they have learned at the CSU,” said Dr. Krista Kamer, director of CSU’s Council on Ocean Affairs, Science & Technology (COAST). “These students are the end product of what our Trustees and Presidents are fighting for and why they do what they do.”
With support from COAST and the Water Resources and Policy Initiatives (WRPI) team, student-faculty research teams acquired grants and other funding needed to complete research experiments. COAST and WRPI were also fundamental in helping teams connect with environmental organizations that played a vital role in furthering their research. Students had the opportunity to make lifelong professional connections with top scientists from agencies such as Point Blue Conservation Science, the Santa Monica Bay Restoration Commission and Coastal Resources Management.
Students and faculty from each of the 23 CSU campuses, as well as two CSU marine institutes (Moss Landing Marine Laboratories and the Ocean Studies Institute), informed the crowd on topics ranging from coastal erosion and soil fertility to elephant seal breeding and incubation behavior in seabirds.
To learn more about the student-faculty research projects, visit COAST Research Awards .