An internationally recognized hub of ocean research and advocacy, Monterey Bay is also known for one of the nation’s most spectacular marine protected areas, the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. This fertile environment is an inspiration to all students at the Monterey Institute, but perhaps most pertinent to those who are enrolled in the International Environmental Policy program’s Ocean and Coastal Resource Management concentration.
The ability to continue her advanced language studies was one of the reasons Lindsay Cope decided to pursue her studies at the Monterey Institute, but perhaps the best surprise has been the freedom to combine different academic interests. She is pursuing a degree in International Environmental Policy with a focus on ocean and coastal resource management, but got interested in the field through her strong security background. At MIIS, she is able to build on and continue studies in all her areas of interest because of the flexibility she has in customizing her degree.
Program: International Environmental Policy, Concentration in Ocean and Coastal Resource Management
Program: International Environmental Policy, Concentration in Business, Sustainability and Development
Undergraduate Institution: Ohio University
Imagine life outside the classroom when you live in such an ideal location like Monterey, California. International Environmental Policy student Mairi Miller gives a 60 second snapshot of her experience at MIIS when she's not doing schoolwork. She's a kayaker, hiker, and climber and her only problem is deciding which one she wants to do on a given day. "There are so many amazing things to see and do here," she says. "I kind of get overwhelmed by all the fun stuff."
Click the image to watch her video, "The MIIS Experience in 60 Seconds."
We always love to hear back from recent alumni who have realized their dreams for an exciting new career propelled by the training and education they received at MIIS. Amer Barghouth (MAIPS ’09, MAIEP ’13) received his job offer from the Regional Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (RCREEE), less than three weeks after graduating with a master’s degree in International Environmental Policy in 2013.
Justin Wright is pursuing a master's degree in International Environmental Policy, specializing in ocean and coastal resource management.
Proving yet again that the Monterey Institute prepares students to take on the most pressing issues of our time and “be the solution” in their chosen field, on May 6 the City of Monterey recognized the outstanding contribution of two graduating MIIS students to their Climate Action Plan.
“A supportive culture of innovation exists at MIIS,” says Professor Jeffrey Langholz of the International Environmental Policy program, who this weekend won the main prize of $50,000 and title of Innovator of the Year at the Monterey Bay Startup Challenge along with graduate student Maeve Murphy (MBA/MAIEP ’15). Their idea is called Water City and it helps make water conservation easy and profitable for the public.
The Monterey Institute Community Innovation Challenge is the brainchild of Professor Kent Glenzer of the Development, Practice and Policy program. “Complex social problems require interdisciplinary and collaborative approaches,” he says, adding that addressing these so-called “wicked problems” requires expertise from across many disciplines – in the case of MIIS, many degree programs – to tackle them.