Who we are

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.


James Landry, Ph.D

Dr. James Landry is a Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry and also serves as the Chair of the Health and Human Sciences Department and the Director of the Environmental Science Program. Dr. Landry received his Ph.D in Analytical, Physical Inorganic, and Environmental Chemistry. His current research is focused on the Ballona Wetlands Ecological Reserve.

Thomas Ford

Tom Ford is an Adjunct Professor of Environmental Science. Ford is the Executive Director of The Bay Foundation and Executive Director of the Santa Monica Bay National Estuary Program. Since 1998, he has been engaged in the study and restoration of kelp forests, specifically forests located off the Palos Verdes Peninsula. Other projects of his include abalone genetics and disease risk management, coastal climate change vulnerability and resilience, and point-source pollution in Los Angeles.