Our program’s capstone experience is a team-based project focused on a community-engaged collaboration extending across the program’s second year

During their second year, students are required to complete 12 units of a group capstone project. Groups of students (3-6) will complete a project involving a local partner/stakeholder and organized by CEB to address a current environmental problem, giving the students an opportunity to work directly with practitioners to design, develop, conduct, and implement a project. 2019-2020 team projects involve Crystal Cove State Park, NOAA, the San Joaquin Marsh and The
Nature Conservancy. To this end, group projects must be:

  1. Solution oriented – Projects should yield specific policy or management recommendations, contain multidisciplinary elements, and align with student and partner interests.
  2. Framed by Active Adaptive Management – Group project will be nested within an active adaptive management framework and will include a review of literature and analysis of data.

Capstone projects will produce a written document and be presented to the broader community of conservation and restoration science professionals in southern California at an annual workshop in the Spring.

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