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The Frank R. Seaver College of Science and Engineering and The Bay Foundation renew their decade-long partnership with an eye towards the future in the Coastal Research Institute. The institute builds on the foundation set by the Center for Santa Monica Bay Studies. The CRI brings together expertise from Seaver College and The Bay Foundation to further the goals of Santa Monica Bay National Estuary Program to restore and enhance Santa Monica Bay and local coastal waters. The CRI will engage educators, academics, graduate students, undergraduate students, agencies, industry and more in research related to coastal resource management.

Co-Executive Directors

Lambert Doezema, Ph.D

Dr. Lambert Doezema is a Co-Executive Director of the Coastal Research Institute, the Director of the Environmental Science Program, and a Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at LMU.  Lambert received his B.S. degree in Chemistry from Trinity University and his Ph.D. in Atmospheric Chemistry from the University of California, Irvine.  His research interests are centered on using gas chromatography (GC) to measure ambient levels of air pollutants.  More specifically, studies have involved measuring methane and volatile organic compounds.  Recent studies carried out in Southern California have focused on geologic seepage and attempting to characterize its importance on local air quality, as well as understanding which variables affect the ratios of gases emitted.

Thomas Ford

Tom Ford is a Co-Executive Director of the Coastal Research Institute at Loyola Marymount University, the Executive Director of The Bay Foundation, and the Director of the Santa Monica Bay National Estuary Program. As part of his engagement at Loyola Marymount University, Tom is a Senior Lecturer teaching environmental science and serves as a faculty affiliate for the environmental science program at Seaver College. Tom holds a M.A. from UCLA in Marine Ecology and a B.A. from the University of Rhode Island in Biology. Tom has been engaged in the study and restoration of kelp forests since he moved to LA in 1998. Other current projects include aerial mapping of boats, abalone genetics-disease risk management, abalone recovery, sea urchin gonad indices, coastal climate change vulnerability and resilience, and SCUBA based biological monitoring of Marine Protected Areas. In addition, Tom serves on: the board of directors of the Southern California Marine Institute, the Joint Strategic Advisory Committee for the Southern, Central-Northern California Coastal Ocean Observing System, and the Association of National Estuary Programs. Tom's expertise are internationally recognized supporting efforts to promote fisheries and increase coastal resilience along the US West Coast, British Columbia, Australia, and Tasmania.