The goal of research in this NRT is to discover mechanisms that control the response of marine systems to climate change and human pressures and to identify policy solutions for such responses. Our research efforts include aspects of (1) coupled natural human systems, (2) risk and uncertainty quantification and communication, and (3) the science of big data. The NRT research programs also have strong communication and collaboration components. Students work in cross-disciplinary teams, on a user-inspired research problem (please see below). To connect science with policy and management, students communicate the forecasts of their research with appropriate perspectives on risk and uncertainty.

*The Conceptual Framework projects for 2019-2020 are being developed and will be posted here once solidified. Please check this page often. The 3 general areas for the projects are:

a.) Microplastics: Effect of microplastics on marine organisms. Public perceptions, and regulatory changes.

b.) Estuaries and Coastal Watersheds: Geomorphology and sediment dynamics in estuaries. Changes in the watershed and    freshwater water run off dynamics. Implications for management of valuable ecosystem services/functions.

c.) Fisheries: Effect of global changes on marine fisheries. Management and policy implications.


The Conceptual Framework projects underway for 2018-2019 are below as an example.

NOTE: These are NOT projects potential 2019-2020 NRT students will apply to.

A-Developing a Socio-Ecological System to Reduce the Uncertainty of Management Outcomes and Increase Overall Success

B-Assessment of the Ecological, Political and Societal Issues Related to the Reintroduction of Sea Otters to the Oregon Coast

C-Tracking Shifts in the Coupled human-natural System of the Island of Mo’orea in French Polynesia


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