HSU Student Jay Stanton works with a volunteer angler to study the nearshore fish communities in a collaborative study lead by Dr. Tim Mulligan. 

HSU Student Jay Stanton works with a volunteer angler to study the nearshore fish communities in a collaborative study lead by Dr. Tim Mulligan. 

Humboldt Marine & Coastal Sciences Institute

The Humboldt Marine Sciences & Coastal Institute was formed in 2013 to develop and promote interdisciplinary marine and coastal research, education, and outreach at HSU. The vision of MCSI is to develop a robust community of HSU students and faculty actively engaged in interdisciplinary research on marine and coastal systems. This research will occur at the interface of the sciences, policy, and economics, and will support vibrant partnerships with local, national, and international organizations.

The Institute is composed of 22 faculty from eight departments across HSU's campus and an external advisory board. 

Mission. The mission of the MCSI is to develop and promote interdisciplinary marine and coastal research, education, and outreach at HSU.

Vision. The vision of the MCSI is for HSU to have a robust community of HSU students and faculty actively engaged in interdisciplinary research on marine and coastal systems. This research will occur at the interface of the sciences, policy, and economics, and will support vibrant partnerships with local, national, and international organizations.

Role. The MCSI will serve as a forum for coordinated development, funding, and execution of marine science research, education, and outreach efforts on campus. The MCSI will serve as a contact point for community members (such as individuals, non-profits, schools, and tribes), and for state and national agencies involved in marine science and policy work. Finally, the MCSI will serve as the visible “face” of the marine sciences at HSU, with a web presence promoting HSU marine science to prospective students, granting agencies, and community collaborators.

Activities

Activities of the Institute include, but are not limited to, the following:

1.    Coordinating and promoting research in marine and coastal sciences at HSU, including enhancement of the facilities and infrastructure supporting such research.

2.    Providing advice and recommendations on marine programs, curriculum, courses and faculty positions.

3.    Conducting outreach and coordinating activities with local coastal and marine stakeholders.

4.    Supporting visiting researchers/educators in marine and coastal sciences, ranging from postdoctoral fellows to visiting faculty.

5.    Sponsoring a lecture series in the marine sciences.

6.    Providing a unified public face for the marine and coastal sciences at HSU, including a web presence promoting HSU marine sciences to prospective students, granting agencies, and community collaborators.

7.    Sponsoring an Marine and Coastal Sciences Research Symposium, providing a venue for HSU researchers and local community members to share data and ideas.

8.    Sponsoring short courses in technical/topical subjects open to HSU students, faculty and the broader community.