Ocean Science Policy

The country is experiencing, and will continue to experience, a multitude of harmful impacts from climate change on human health, businesses, tourism, fisheries, natural ecosystems, and more. Millions of Americans rely and benefit from coastal ecosystems and oceans; yet, these systems are in danger. We need science-based decision making to address these large-scale climate problems. As a scientist, I want help to inform and create evidence-based policy. 


As a GOLD Fellow in the Summer 2021, I interned with the Ocean Science Trust (OST). OST is a nonprofit boundary organization whose mission is to provide evidence-based information to decision-makers by facilitating collaboration among scientists, citizens, managers, and policymakers.

I assisted on several projects by conducting a preliminary literature review on the human dimensions for otter reintroduction and assisting with the engagement of the Ocean Protection Council's Science Advisory Team. I also led a team in writing a letter to NOAA administrators outlining California's efforts and progress in climate action. 

I also wrote a short reflection of my time with OST. 

As the global climate continues to change at unprecedented rates, marine coastal systems and species will be profoundly impacted. With more than 1,000 miles of coastline, California relies on these ecosystems for tourism, fisheries, recreation, and more. But how will our coasts fare under future climates? Can we predict impacts of climate change on marine coastal systems and use this information to better inform ocean policies? UC Irvine Associate Professor and marine ecologist Cascade Sorte, along with UC Center Sacramento Gold Fellow Heidi Waite will describe new discoveries on the effects of climate stressors in coastal systems and potential adaptation strategies. Link here to talk information.