environmental science and resource management

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What is esrm?

We focus on coastal sustainability from our own backyards to international waters.

Today’s environmental problems call for individuals who are educated in more than one discipline, highly trained in technical skills, and aware of the political, economic, and social dimensions of environmental decisions. The Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science and Resource Management (ESRM) provides solid training in basic physical, biological, and social sciences, and application of management science to reduce adverse impacts of human activity on the environment and to maximize the benefits that accrue from environmental resources. In the narrowest sense, Environmental Science is the study of the impact of human systems on physical and biological systems, and the dependence on natural resources by human systems. In a broader sense, Environmental Science is the study of the interaction and co-evolution of human, physical, and biological systems. Resource Management is concerned with the most effective means of avoiding damage to environmental assets and extracting beneficial uses of environmental resources, within the context of social institutions. Effective Resource Management considers benefits and costs, uncertainties and risks, limits of knowledge, institutional constraints, and social and political forces.

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meet our professors and staff

Don Rodriguez

Program Chair & Professor
– Is the first generation high school and college graduate
– Has been a fly fishing guide in CO
– Has three kids (2 boys and 1 girl), and they all have jobs! Both sons are fly fishermen
– His wife teaches in the Business program

Sean Anderson

Professor
– Had lunch w/ Michael Gorbachev.
– Couldn’t walk/had casts on his legs for the first 5 years of his life.
– Once had the #1 DJ business in SB.
– Was once erroneously confused with bomber attacking Congressional offices, leading to his being interrogated by the FBI.

Clare Steele

Professor
– Enjoys playing beach volleyball.
– Grew up in England.
– Has lived in 8 different countries on four different continents.
– Loves to scuba dive coral reefs.
– Her spirit animal is a manta ray.

Kiki Patsch

Professor
– Grew up on an island off South Carolina.
– Has four kids: 1 boy & 3 girls.
– Traveled across the US in a yellow 1977 super beetle convertible… TWICE.
– Doesn’t like vegetables, most condiments, or pie.

Brett Hartman

Professor
– Grew up in the Amazon.
– Lived in four different countries growing up.
– Plays guitar and has been in three bands.
– Has a three year old son.

Linda O’hirok

Professor
– The first time she went to SRI with her Girl Scout troop long before it was a part of the Channel Islands National Park.
– She hosted the first academic conference at CI when the campus was still part of CSUN in 1999 for California Geographical Society. Everyone wanted a job at CI!

Mary Woo

Professor
– Grew up in Santa Barbara
– Worked on the vessel that found Titanic
– Enjoys hiking and outrigger paddling
– Loves golden retrievers
– Wants to do away with petroleum based plastics

Dan Maher

Professor
– Likes to coach soccer.
– Also like using permaculture techniques to produce organic food and local eatery sourced composts.
– Tinkers with the novel he started writing as a hobby
– Always on the look out for cool and creative things for his young son to do.

Mia de Paula

Program Analyst
– Originally from Australia.
– Has two husky puppies.
– Loves to play drums!
– Built her own rock climbing wall
– Bikes to work

Cause Hanna

SRI Research Station Manager
– Used to live in Hawaii.
– Really likes ants and bees!

Emily Welsh

Program Technician
– Loves to chop celery and green onions for stress relief.
– Studied abroad in Australia where she traveled Nemo’s journey (Great Barrier reef- Sydney).
– Throughout her childhood was called ‘Wrong-way Welsh’ for notoriously being lost.

Vanessa van Heerden

Technical Writing and Service Learning Coordinator
– Born and raised in Louisiana.
– Had a pet alligator named George.
– Spray painting soothes her soul.
– Working on a personal narrative about her cross-Atlantic journey and being lost at sea when she was 14.
– Has 20 tattoos and counting.

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