Related Research

Related Research

Kristy-Kroeker Lab of Coastal Sustainability

Research in the Kroeker Lab addresses the drivers of change in marine communities. They use a variety of systems to answer their questions about climate change, from seagrass ecosystems and rocky intertidal communities to rocky reefs surrounding volcanic carbon dioxide vents and kelp forests. For more information, visit the Lab's Blog.


CITRIS: Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society

Proximity to Silicon Valley makes UC Santa Cruz a natural place to engage the world’s industrial leaders and put new technology solutions to work. In the Network Management and Operations (NMO) Lab, for example, students work directly with Cisco engineers on networking projects that solve immediate customer challenges. CITRIS and the Banatao Institute, UC Santa Cruz also focuses on technological innovations for cleaner and more sustainable energy sources. The Center for Sustainable Energy and Power Systems (CenSEPS), for example, works with the City of Santa Cruz to achieve the goal of energy self-sufficiency for the Santa Cruz Municipal Wharf.


Institute for the Study of Ecological and Environmental Climate Impacts (ISEECI)

SEECI’s mission is to assess ecosystem-wide impacts of climate across the UC Natural Reserve System, linking plant and animal studies from the oceans to mountaintops. ISEECI leverages the UC Natural Reserve System as a biologically and geographically diverse laboratory to study effects of climate change on California ecosystems, with major implications for the state’s citizens. Our efforts are focused around four major research themes:

  • Environmental and Ecological History
  • Assessing Ecosystem-wide Adaptation to Future Climate Scenarios
  • Experimental Approaches to Climate Impacts Across Large Gradients
  • Next Generation Sampling to Archive Genomic Information

Find out more about their ongoing research here


Sustainable Living Systems Undergraduate Research Program

As part of the Sustainability Studies minor, and in collaboration with researchers, projects and centers inside and outside of UCSC, Rachel Carson College (formerly College Eight) also supports the Sustainable Living Systems Undergraduate Research Program (SLURP).  Please see some of the Sustainability-related research projects in which UCSC students participate below:

  • Ecotopia House: A 50th Anniversary UCSC Student-Built Tiny House for the SMUD Tiny House Competition
  • Urban Agriculture Research Program
  • Microgrid Development & Energy User Behavior
  • UCSC Transit EV Feasibility
  • Renewable Energy Development Assistance Project