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Coastal Research Institute

Loyola Marymount University’s Coastal Research Institute contributes to a better understanding of global urban coastal resource management through the execution of projects that stem from The Bay Foundation’s work as the host entity of the Santa Monica Bay National Estuary Program.

History and Work of the Coastal Research Institute

In November 2017, the Coastal Research Institute (CRI) was established as a program of the Frank R. Seaver College of Science and Engineering at Loyola Marymount University (LMU) and The Bay Foundation (TBF). The goals of CRI are to engage LMU faculty, undergraduate and graduate students in multidisciplinary, hands-on approaches to research related to coastal resource management in Los Angeles. Research focuses on environmental and social challenges affecting Santa Monica Bay and its watersheds and contributes to furthering policies and actions that improve the health of the Bay and watershed.



Tom Ford

Co-Executive Director, CRI

Chief Executive Officer, TBF

Director, Santa Monica Bay National Estuary Program

Part-Time Faculty, LMU

Dr. Lambert Doezema

Co-Executive Director, CRI

Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry, LMU

Director, Environmental Science Program, LMU

CRI offers applied research studies, faculty fellowships, student internships, and contributes to coastal science through publications, presentations, and technical documents. CRI also contributes research and results to the State of the Bay Report which comprehensively describes the condition and trends of habitats in the Santa Monica Bay and its watershed.

Since CRI’s initiation in 2017, over 60 undergraduate and graduate LMU student internships have been funded, with dozens of other students engaged through completing university units or volunteering. TBF and LMU expect these efforts to continue to increase, attracting more students and researchers to explore the issues that matter most to our urban coastlines.