Natural Resource Policy and Management

The Natural Resource Policy and Management track prepares students to be leaders in biodiversity protection at local, national, and international levels.

MIIS Professor Writes About Impact of Oil Spill on Both the Gulf Region and Monterey

The September 9 edition of the Monterey County Weekly featured Monterey Institute professor Kelley Calvert’s article “Gulf Stream: The impacts of BP’s oil spill still linger in the Southeast – and Monterey County” as its cover story. Calvert writes about her recent trip to the Gulf, shares her observations and recounts her conversations with locals.

Ashley Blacow: Influencing Policy Towards Ocean Conservation & Marine Protection

When possible, I tailored all of my courses, papers, and projects at the Monterey Institute to dive deeper into ocean conservation issues, such as the current threats our oceans face and marine resource management, and to identify the gaps in science and management that would help ensure the protection of marine ecosystem health. Much of my studies, including an internship at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, focused on Marine Protected Areas.


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Bishnu Adhikari: CHOICE’s Humanitarian of the Year

Bishnu Adhikari (MAIEP ’07) will be named “2010 CHOICE Humanitarian of the Year” at the annual CHOICE Humanitarian gala dinner on September 18th. “Bishnu has literally touched the lives of thousands of people” says CHOICE Humanitarian board member Sharon Spaulding.

CHOICE, which stands for Center for Humanitarian Outreach and Inter-Cultural Exchange, was started in 1982 by Dr. Tim Evans, and is dedicated to ending poverty by focusing on sustainable village development.


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“Enterprising, Innovative, Active” Fisher MBA Program Praised by Students in Net Impact’s 2010 Business School Guide

Students participating in the survey praised the Institute’s commitment to social and environmental change as well as the wide variety of courses offered to deepen their understanding of the interaction between traditional business management and environmental stewardship in our world today.

Danielle Johnson: The Front Lines of Gulf Oil Spill Relief Efforts

Traveling from Monterey directly to the front lines of the Gulf oil spill response effort, Danielle Johnson (MPA ’12) has been working this summer for the International Bird Rescue Research Center in Alabama. Her job has involved cleaning the oil off birds, caring for them, taking part in the euthanasia of those too sick to survive in the wild, and the more joyous role of releasing healthy birds out of captivity.


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With a Little Help from His Friends: Alum Gets Job through MIIS Connection

Monterey Institute graduate David Reichbaum (MPA ’09) had been actively searching for a job for five months when Emily Newman (MAITP ’09) recommended to her supervisors that they hire David to replace her as Recycling Technician for the City of Monterey. During his studies at the Monterey Institute, David participated in the voluntary Development Practicum (DPMI plus), combining three weeks of intensive coursework with a three month internship in Peru where he worked on sustainable community building projects.

MIIS Net Impact Students Honor Earth Day by Volunteering at Local Middle School

On Sunday, April 25 the Monterey Institute of International Studies chapter of the global student and professional organization Net Impact will honor Earth Day with a day of service. From 12:00 noon to 5:00 p.m., Institute students will get their hands dirty in the Hilton Bialek Biological Sciences Habitat at Carmel Middle School on Carmel Valley Road. Students will help prepare the habitat for their annual native plant sale, transplanting, up-planting, watering, mulching, weeding and more.

MIIS Alumna Discovers Second Ocean Garbage Patch Filled with Plastic Debris

Monterey Institute alumna Anna Cummins (MAIEP ’02) has made it her passion to educate and inform the public about the dangers facing our oceans. In recent months, Anna and her husband Dr. Marcus Eriksen collected samples from a more than one-hundred mile stretch in an area in the Atlantic bounded by ocean currents called the Sargasso Sea.

Professor Jason Scorse Elected to Otter Project Board

Professor Jason Scorse, chair of the International Environmental Policy Program at MIIS, has been elected to the board of directors of the Otter Project, where he joins Allison Ford (MAIEP ’09),  executive director of the Otter Project, and fellow MIIS Professor Kris Lindstrom, also a board member.