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 2018-2019 are below. These are areas students will apply to as part of the admission process.

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


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


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


Here are examples of Conceptual Frameworks which are evolving into our current student group projects 2017-2018. These are NOT areas that the 2018-2019 Cohort will work on.

In Process:

Project AUnderstanding the impact of changing ocean conditions on Dungeness crab
Project B-Communication Practices for Big Data Analytics

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