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Global affairs grant: advancing sustainable development in marine ecosystems

Updated: Mar 18

The goal of this project is to develop an interdisciplinary framework to study the sustainability of marine ecosystems in Chile and California.



Received through Global Affairs at UC Davis, this award was created connect UC Davis with the UN Sustainability Development Goals. Additionally, these awards strengthen the partnership between the UC Davis Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, and the Sustainability Office.


In collaboration with John Largier, professor of environmental science and policy and associate director of international programs at the Coastal and Marine Sciences Institute in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, and colleague Sergio Navarrete from the Estación Costera de Investigaciones Marinas at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile this project aims to develop a framework that will integrate food web modeling, empirical data, and the modeling of the physical aspects of marine ecosystems. This framework will be used to evaluate how marine ecosystems respond to different scenarios of fisheries and climate change in Chile and California. Two of our graduate students, Sophia Simon and Cases Duckwall, are organizing this effort and will additionally develop teaching modules about the research for students at both partner universities.

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