Why is the CMBC successful?

  1. It meets a broad need: students, researchers, and friends of CMBC strive to solve real-world problems.
  2. The program is genuinely interdisciplinary: courses are co-taught by faculty from NOAA Fisheries, UCSD Departments of Economics,  Philosophy,  Graduate School of Global Policy and Society, and Rady School of Management. Other participating departments UCSD include Communications, Anthropology, Political Science, Chemistry, Biology, Visual Arts, and Sociology. Government and non-government agency collaborators provide diverse perspectives.
  3. We use innovative teaching methods: we train students for careers outside of academia. CMBC’s 9-week intensive summer course brings students from all backgrounds together to learn a common language and intellectual framework. We involve them in communication skill-building exercises and collaborative problem solving.
  4. We have a global reach:  faculty and students conduct research around the world. Alumni serve in governmental and nongovernmental agencies worldwide where they are making a difference in ocean conservation
  5. Scientists are well known in their fields with publications in Science and Nature and other major peer reviewed publications.

CMBC by the numbers

  • UCSD Departments associated:12
  • Faculty Associated: 101  (Scripps 55; UCSD departments 42; NOAA Fisheries 15)
  • Agency partners:  10
  • UCSD PhD Students participating or graduated: 107 (3 international)
  • MAS-MBC students enrolled or graduated:  268  (29 international)

CMBC Annual Report 2020-2021