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Our program is led by experts in marine biology, ecology, policy and communication.

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Email: smurray@ucsd.edu 

Samantha Murray, J.D.

Executive Director 
Masters of Advanced Studies Program in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation

Samantha Murray is the Executive Director of the MAS MBC Program where she also teaches graduate courses, including Ocean Law and Policy. In 2019 she was appointed by Governor Newsom to the California Fish and Game Commission and serves as Vice President. Samantha has nearly two decades of professional experience and has directed ocean and water programs at Ocean Conservancy, the Audubon Society and Oregon Environmental Council, in addition to founding a marine policy consulting business. Samantha played a key role in the design and implementation of California's network of marine protected areas, which now cover 16 percent of state waters. She served on the Marine Protected Area Federal Advisory Committee, has held board positions at Upstream Public Health and Citizens for East Shore Parks, and currently sits on the board at San Diego Coastkeeper.

Samantha has spoken at conferences around the world on best practices in ocean conservation and holds a J.D. from Lewis and Clark Law School, where she was awarded a Certificate in Natural Resources and Environmental Law. Samantha is committed to diversity, inclusion and equitable impacts of public policy.

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Email: m3jacobsen@ucsd.edu
Website: https://econweb.ucsd.edu/~m3jacobs/

Mark Jacobsen, Ph.D.

Program Co-Chair
Masters of Advanced Studies Program in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation
Associate Professor, Economics 

Mark Jacobsen's research focuses on energy and environmental policy and addresses two main themes: the first is environmental regulation of transportation and the automobile industry, including the use of Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards and gasoline taxes. The second theme addresses optimal energy and environmental policy in the context of the broader economy, considering efficiency in the presence of Ricardian rents, untaxes activity in the informal sector, and green preferences. 

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Email: grouse@ucsd.edu
Website: https://grouse.scrippsprofiles.ucsd.edu/

Greg Rouse, Ph.D.

Program Co-Chair
Masters of Advanced Studies Program in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation
Professor, Marine Biology Research Division

Greg Rouse is a professor of marine biology at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego and is also curator of the Benthic Invertebrate Collection at Scripps. He specializes in the study of animal biodiversity. Greg has been on numerous oceanographic expeditions involving deep sea habitats, including whale falls, hydrothermal vents and methane seeps. He spends a lot of time investigating the extraordinary bone-devouring worm known as Osedax. His deep sea research interests also include the study of new hydrothermal vent animals from the eastern and western Pacific as well as methane seeps in the eastern Pacific. This led to the discovery of new species of the bizarre 'purple sock' worms. He also studies the benthic fauna around Antarctica. Other current research interests include the biology and evolution of seadragons, the echinoderm tree of life, particularly crinoids (featherstars and sea lilies) and the diversity and evolution of annelid worms. He has been involved in the discovery and naming of more than 100 species of animals and has published two books and more than 200 scientific papers. 

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Email: rmfarrell@ucsd.edu 
Phone: 858-822-2886
Office: Eckart 202

Risa Farrell

Program Coordinator
Masters of Advanced Studies Program in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation

Equipped with over seven years of working in higher education and student affairs, Risa is your go-to person for all questions related to MAS MBC Program admissions, student life, professional development, and alumni relations.  An alumna of UC San Diego herself, Risa is passionate about student support and connecting the cohort to resources, creative solutions and unique opportunities.

She is here to help MAS MBC prospective students through the application, admissions and enrollment processes as well as support throughout their time in the Program. Please don't hesitate to reach out if you have any questions!