environmental science and resource management

Research

Take a look at all the fantastic things we do!
Sandy Beach

Microplastic

Drones & ROVs

Coastal Geomorphology

Coastal Zone Management

Ecotoxicology

GIS & Mapping

Island Management

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.

  • Sandy Beach
  • Pollution
  • Santa Rosa Island
  • mapping

the ESRM team

meet our professors & staff
Sean Anderson
Sean Anderson
Chair & Professor
Conservation Biologist, Pirate
Representative Classes:
Service Learning in New Orleans
Coastal & Marine Management
-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.
Kiki Patsch
Kiki Patsch
Associate Professor
Coastal Geomorphologist
Representative Classes:
The Beach
Physical Oceanography
-Has 1 husband, 4 kids, 1 dog, 1 cat, 1 bunny, and 4 goldfish.
-Eats mostly brown food.
-Grew up on Hilton Head Island.
-Drove a 1977 super beetle across the country twice.
-Can say the alphabet backwards. (quickly)
Clare Steele
Clare Steele
Associate Professor
Marine Conservation Biologist
Representative Classes:
Conservation Biology
Fish & Fisheries
-Enjoys playing beach volleyball.
-Grew up in England.
-Has lived in 8 different countries on 4 different continents.
-Loves to scuba dive coral reefs.
-Her spirit animal is a manta ray.
Dan Reineman
Dan Reineman
Assistant Professor
Coastographer
Representative Classes:
Environmental Law & Policy
Land Use Planning
– Favorite People To Be With: Family, including sons Huck and Gray.
– Favorite Food To Cook: Sourdough bread.
– Favorite Place To Be: In the Pacific Ocean.
– Favorite Knot: The Bowline, obviously.
– Fun Fact: Family came to Southern California in 1895 and still likes it here.
Emily Fairfax
Emily Fairfax
Assistant Professor
Ecohydrologist
Representative Classes:
Environmental Statistics
Geomorphology & Hydrology
-Has extremely double-jointed hands.
-Has clocked 300+ hours playing Civ V and Civ VI… so far.
-Got married at a hands-on science museum.
-Strategy board games are a core part of her social life.
-Almost bumped into a black bear and her cub while running a marathon in the redwoods; All parties involved were startled.
Russell Galipeau
Russell Galipeau
Lecturer
Superintendent Channel Islands Nat’l Park (Retired)
Wildlife Biologist
Representative Classes:
The National Park
Land Management
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Brenton Spies
Brenton Spies
Lecturer
Conservation & Research Curator, Cabrillo Marine Aquarium
Conservation Ecologist
Representative Classes:
Conservation Biology
Field Methods
-I am an avid fly fisherman and SCUBA diver.
-I used to race stock cars as a teenager at Ventura Speedway.
-Ask me what the weather was like on the summit of Denali! (The tallest and one of the coldest peaks in North America).
-I have had three of my nature photos in National Geographic.
-I’ve caught the largest tidewater goby on record at a whopping 62mm!
Joana Tavares
Joana Tavares
Lecturer
AAAS Mass Media Fellow
Oceanographer & Environmental Scientist
Representative Class:
Introduction to Sustainability Science
-hyperactive & can’t function without yoga, trail running, BJJ, & dancing -loves to free dive, snorkel, surf, swim, paddle, sail…anything in or on the water -has an agreement with all insects thus is rarely ever stung or bitten by them -born & raised in small villages in Brazil so had all sorts of interesting “pets” including monkeys, lizards, snakes, & donkeys
Jay Seidel
Jay Seidel
Lecturer
Director, Fullerton Drone Lab
UAV Pilot
Representative Class:
Intro to Remotely Piloted Systems
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Julie Larson
Julie Larson
Lecturer
Hydrologist
Representative Class:
Maps to Apps: Exploring GIS
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Dorothy Horn
Dorothy Horn
Lecturer
Environmental Scientist
Representative Classes:
The Beach
The Why of Where: Foundations in GIS
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Ben Kuo
Ben Kuo
Lecturer
Technologist
Representative Classes:
Wilderness First Aid
The Why of Where: Foundations in GIS
– Enjoys hiking/backpacking
– Has two endangered (IUCN Red List) Bolivian palm trees (Parajubaea torallyi) in his backyard
– Once built an amateur radio out of a toaster, for fun
– Was the only communication link between a small island nation and the US State Department after Hurricane Maria
– Removed his back lawn, and let native milkweed take over, where monarch butterflies now breed
Dan Lenz
Dan Lenz
Lecturer
Environmental Scientist
Representative Classes:
Introduction to ESRM
Conservation Biology
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Timnit Kefela
Timnit Kefela
AGEP Fellow
Environmental Scientist
Representative Classes:
Coastal Contaminants
Coastal & Marine Management
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Rachel Torres
Rachel Torres
AGEP Fellow
Environmental Scientist
Representative Classes:
Environmental Statistics
Data Visualization & Climate Communication
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Nico Navarro
Nico Navarro
Lecturer
Environmental Scientist
Representative Class:
Introduction to ESRM
-Is a lifeguard
-Loves working with students
-Enjoys hiking and surfing
Jean Pan
Jean Pan
Lecturer
Botanist
Representative Class:
Fundamentals of Remotely Piloted Systems
Cynthia Hartley
Cynthia Hartley
Lecturer
Ornithologist
Representative Class:
Intermediate Applied GIS
– Professional passions are endangered shorebirds and GIS mapping
– Worked on shorebird recovery at Ormond Beach for over 16 years.
Alan Jaeger
Alan Jaeger
Lecturer
Technologist
Ventura Tech Bridge, Director

Representative Class:
Fundamentals of Remotely Piloted Systems
-Licensed Private Pilot who has flown a single engine aircraft across the country.
-A part time citrus farmer and previous award winning floriculturist.
-Degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Business Management.
-Has legally flown drones over some of the nation’s most sensitive and secure locations.
-Father of 3 crazy little boys.
Mary Woo
Mary Woo
Lecturer
Environmental Chemist
Representative Classes:
Introduction to Sustainability Science
Coastal Contaminants
-Grew up in Santa Barbara.
-Worked on the vessel that found the Titanic.
-Enjoys hiking and outrigger paddling.
-Loves golden retrievers.
-Wants to do away with petroleum based plastics.
Rachel Cartwright
Rachel Cartwright
Emeritus Professor
Marine Mammalogist
Representative Classes:
Marine Megafauna in Maui
Biostatistics
-Originally from Manchester, England.
-Spends most of her summers in South-east Alaska.
-Although she studies humpback whales, she’s a little obsessed with grizzly bears.
-In her twenties, she lived on Andros Island in the Bahamas.
-In her free time, she really likes to go to Zumba classes, despite incredibly poor dance skills.
Linda O’hirok
Linda O’hirok
Emeritus Professor
Fluvial Geomorphologist
Representative Classes:
Water Resources Management
Environmental Issues in Geography
-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!
Don Rodriguez
Don Rodriguez
Emeritus Professor
Wildlife Biologist
Representative Classes:
Environmental History
Ecotourism in Costa Rica
-Is a first generation high school and college graduate.
-Has been a fly fishing guide in Colorado for decades.
-Has three kids (2 boys and 1 girl), and they all have jobs! Happily, both sons are fly fishermen.
-His wife teaches in the Business program.
Evelyn Caballero
Evelyn Caballero
Academic Support Coordinator
Zach Adkins
Zach Adkins
Laboratory Technician
-Enjoys the noise of cobble/rocks tumbling in the surf
-Studied abroad in Australia where she traveled Nemo’s journey from Cairns to Sydney
-Nicknamed
-Adds salt to her Top Ramen

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