Welcome from Dr. Fairbairn

Dear students,

Welcome to the Pre-college Program in Coastal & Marine Sciences!

The UC Davis Bodega Marine Laboratory (BML) and Bodega Marine Reserve are treasured classrooms unlike any you’ve ever seen before. You will have the opportunity to explore tide pools, grasslands, sandy beaches, dunes and more. Combine that with the world-class research and laboratory facilities at BML and you have an extraordinary chance to learn about ocean science and the human impacts to our coastal ecosystems.

I am thrilled to have the opportunity to share this place and all it has to offer. The health of coastal ecosystems is closely linked to the health of the land and nearby watersheds. Scientists at the UC Davis Coastal and Marine Sciences Institute (CMSI) and the Bodega Marine Laboratory take an integrated “Sierra-to-Sea” approach to addressing the environmental impacts from human activities on one of the most biologically and economically productive coastlines in the world. And as a student in the UC Davis Pre-college Program in Coastal & Marine Sciences, so will you.

Nearly three quarters of the population of California lives in coastline counties, making the challenges of a sustainable coastal ocean especially critical and urgent. You will have the opportunity to fall in love with the coast, while learning about cutting-edge marine science.

I am excited to meet you, and begin our coastal adventure!

Ellie Fairbairn
Faculty Director
UC Davis Pre-College Program—Coastal & Marine Sciences

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