The mission of the Institute for Applied Marine Ecology (IfAME) is to develop clear linkages between ecological phenomena and potential and realized management regimes along the California coast, across the US, and throughout the world. Using cutting-edge technology, the goal of the IfAME is to provide insight, to reorganize thinking, and to improve paradigms for understanding the interaction of marine ecological systems and human activities.
The need for the IfAME is predicated on two persistent challenges within the marine science and management community:
• A significant disconnect between much of the science conducted by academia and the actual needs of those responsible for management and policy development. Well-intentioned academic efforts often fall short in addressing specific government needs due to a fundamental lack of understanding as to how the government functions and what its precise needs are. Government agencies, in turn, responding to the exigencies of management, are often compelled to act without communicating with academic scientists to determine precisely what data are available or needed.
• Insufficient financial support from either State or Federal agencies directed towards conducting the critical science necessary to underlie major policy initiatives. These unfunded mandates undermine the success of the initiatives and ultimately the marine environment loses.
The IfAME addresses the expressed disconnect through the conduct of strategically-planned, user-driven scientific research in support of specific manager and decision-maker needs. Specifically, agency employees are frequently engaged directly in the planning, execution, and/or analysis of field research projects. In this way, the transition from completed science to realized management and/or decision-making is streamlined.
The IfAME addresses this challenge of limited financial support by engaging a continuous stream of undergraduate and graduate research assistants in the conduct of all IfAME projects. In this way, the students are direct participants in the execution of applied research projects, while the government agencies effectively expand the footprint of what they are able to take on by collaborating with the IfAME.
The CSUMB faculty of marine science developed a restructured organizational design that sustainably couples the strong extramural research programs, growing academic curriculum, and established community engagement programs. The capabilities of CSUMB are significantly amplified through this structural reorganization and integration of existing assets under the single umbrella of the IfAME.
The IfAME presents a unified public face and serves as the primary vehicle for linking the Marine Science Curriculum, regional community engagement programs, and external partnerships.
Facilities & Operations
SMALL BOATS PROGRAM
><> MSCI 208 meets Scientific Boating Safety Assocation and Motorboat Operator Training Course guidelines.
><> Seafloor Mapping Lab Data Library
><> Image Analysis Lab Archive of Still & Video Imagery
><> SCID: Sanctuary Characterization Tool
><> Integrated Time-series Data (future)
><> CeNCOOS Portal
California Undersea Imagery Archive
IfAME Support Staff
- Jacoby Baker
CMEP Outreach Logistics
- Carrie Bretz
IfAME & Rote Program Manager
- Frank Degnan
Dive Safety Officer
- Alexandra Fremont
Assistant Dive Safety Officer
- Laura Good
Coastal & Marine Ecosystems Program (CMEP) Education Director
- Pat Iampietro
Marine Geospatial Technology Officer
- Larissa Lemon
CUIA Video Archvist
- Michaela Miller
CMEP Administrative Specialist