Research Enterprises

CMSI aims to fortify and expand UC Davis’ research enterprises by advancing integrative activities that coalesce faculty expertise around critical research needs. CMSI will leverage existing strengths and develop new interdisciplinary collaborations in the physical, biological, and social sciences. These efforts fall within three domains, specifically 1) Climate and Environmental Change, 2) Ocean Health, and 3) Natural Resource Management. As befits CMSI’s core philosophy, the unifying feature across each of these areas builds on connectivity - between the land and the sea, the coastal and the deep ocean, academic disciplines, and stakeholders. 


The Center for Coastal Ocean Issues

CMSI established the Center for Coastal Ocean Issues (CCOI) to provide a collaborative forum for addressing the challenges in stewardship of a changing coastal ocean. CCOI is distinguished by its engagement of all stakeholders into the development of relevant research programs. Our proximity to Sacramento makes UC Davis an indispensable partner in addressing challenges in stewardship by engaging with resource management agencies, ocean industries, and the public. The Associate Director for CCOI is James Sanchirico. 

Academic Programs

Under the leadership of Associate Director, Tessa Hill, CMSI has also established a new undergraduate major in Marine and Coastal Sciences as well as a Graduate Group in Marine Sciences. This new major draws from top-ranked, nationally recognized programs at UC Davis, including Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Earth and Planetary Sciences, Environmental Science and Policy, Engineering, and Veterinary Medicine. The major in Marine and Coastal Sciences emphasizes the interdisciplinary nature of marine sciences by exposing students to the full spectrum of disciplines that constitute modern marine science and policy, and by requiring hands-on experiences as interns or researchers in at least one sub-discipline.

Outreach (Marine Sciences Learning Center)

CMSI is working with its partners to create the Bodega Learning Center, which aims to improved public scientific literacy on marine and coastal issues through investigative and interactive learning, and provide a public gateway to the coastal ecosystems and natural resources of the northern California coast. The Center extends the facilities and programs of the Bodega Marine Laboratory by collaborating with Sonoma County Regional Parks, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors, the Exploratorium, and other partners to advance public understanding of the local environment and bring research discoveries to life.