MARINE aims to better prepare our future ocean leaders

As a collaboration between the Center for Ocean Solutions and seven Monterey Bay area campuses, the Monterey Area Research Institutions' Network for Education (MARINE) facilitates inter-campus activities that create opportunities for upcoming professionals to apply their training to real-world ocean challenges. MARINE enhances graduate marine education by preparing students to be future ocean leaders through the core concepts of communication, innovation and collaboration, and by broadening their graduate experiences in interdisciplinary problem solving.

MARINE is a pipeline of interdisciplinary emerging leaders across our seven campus network

MARINE's primary audience are ocean-interested, interdisciplinary graduate students and early career professionals within our seven campus network: 

  • CSU Monterey Bay
  • Moss Landing Marine Labs
  • Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey
  • Naval Postgraduate School
  • Stanford University
  • Stanford Hopkins Marine Station
  • UC Santa Cruz


Each campus is represented by volunteer MARINE student and faculty liaisons. Both advise and inform program development from each campuses' perspective.

Student liaisons are model leaders and focus on developing an ocean-interested emerging leader community specifically at their campus. They bring together interdisciplinary folks who may never have had the opportunity to share interests and ideas. They also encourage that community to participate in MARINE events, and become involved in the larger MARINE network.

Faculty liaisons advise the larger network and program development strategies, provide support to the student liaisons, increase access to campus resources and key persons, and give valuable insight into current thinking and new research in the field.

We depend on our liaison input to meet the needs of our audience, and help us stay up-to-date with the latest in ocean research, policy and resource management at each of our campuses.


The MARINE Theory of Change

In today's marine graduate program, students gain disciplinary expertise and become excellent analysts of the challenges facing ocean ecosystems, yet typically do not learn the skills that will enable them to meaningfully engage and lead ocean conservation efforts. These upcoming professionals are often trained specifically for a career in academia, but such training is limited in its ability and capacity to support professional development in skills essential for environmental problem solving.

As ocean issues of the future require interdisciplinary skills not extensively found in academic training, our emerging ocean leaders require more professional learning opportunities that increase both their ability to engage in real world ocean problem solving and access to the huge scope of ocean careers outside the ivory tower, while supporting their academic development and study interests.

By providing graduate professional development opportunities in collaboration with regional partners, emerging leaders will be better prepared to engage more effectively in ocean problem solving through increased skill development related to communication, collaboration and innovation. Emerging leaders will also be better equipped for ongoing career development with increased access to career opportunities and a regional network of professionals, while empowered to engage in lifelong professional learning.


MARINE Program Goals

We equip Monterey Bay area graduate and early career professionals with skills to be ocean leaders and communicators by:

  • training students to contribute to environmental decision making and shaping the students' leadership and communications skills early in their careers
  • exposing students to professional development and networking opportunities
  • nurturing the growth of MARINE as a networked community of students and faculty who focus on ocean-related interdisciplinary fields related to science and policy


MARINE therefore enhances graduate ocean education in the Monterey Bay region by:

  • providing leadership training opportunities for graduate students and early career professionals, including interdisciplinary and inter-institutional short courses and workshops
  • reducing barriers to, and enhancing opportunities for, multi-campus study and work
  • involving students in strategic initiatives and projects


To meet program goals, MARINE offers a series of seminar, short courses, workshops and networking events as professional development opportunities for our audience. MARINE also takes steps to improve the visibility of ocean research and decision making in the region through social media, and increasing access to cross-campus course and research opportunities.