October 8, 2020

Dear Members of Our Campus Community,

I am pleased to announce the formation of a Coastal Planning Science Advisory Board for our campus. An important step identified in our Long Range Development Plan is a study of future sea level rise and the impact on our campus and our long-term vision for the campus. As we plan for the future, it is important that we consider potential environmental changes and the challenges they may present, including bluff erosion and sea level rise impacts to the estuaries north of campus, the North Campus Open Space, our eastern shoreline, and our Campus Lagoon.

Professor John Melack has graciously agreed to chair this science advisory board, which will direct and oversee the efforts of a consultant team that will help us prepare our campus sea level rise study. I sincerely thank Professor Melack and all of our advisory board members, listed below, for their willingness to contribute their time, energy, and expertise to help us with this important planning effort for our campus's future.


Henry T. Yang

Coastal Planning Science Advisory Board

John Melack, Chair; Professor, Bren School of Environmental Science and Management and Department of Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology
Paul Alessio, Graduate Student Researcher, Earth Research Institute
Patrick Barnard, Research Geologist, Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center, U.S. Geological Survey
Jenifer Dugan, Associate Research Biologist, Marine Science Institute; Deputy Director, Coastal Marine Institute
Gary Griggs, Distinguished Professor, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, UC Santa Cruz
Charles Lester, Director, Ocean and Coastal Policy Center, Marine Science Institute
Mark Page, Research Biologist, Marine Science Institute  
Art Sylvester, Professor Emeritus, Department of Earth Science

Ex officio:
Shari Hammond, Principal Planner, Campus Planning and Design
Martin Shumaker, Associate Vice Chancellor, Strategic Asset Management