Find your inspiration to change the world at the Bren School.
We solve environmental problems.
The Bren School of Environmental Science & Management is a professional graduate school and community of environmental leaders at UC Santa Barbara.
Graduate Programs at Bren
The UCSB Bren School offers environmental graduate programs that empower you to develop comprehensive, data-driven solutions to today's critical environmental problems.
Bren Grads Change the World
Our alumni are leaders in every sector, tackling environmental issues such as climate change, conservation, and sustainable water and agriculture. Join a vast and active alumni network from day one with the Bren School.
Jamie Montgomery, MESM 2013
Jamie Montgomery forged new paths in data science, helping to build an open science community. She brought this experience when she returned to Bren as the MEDS program coordinator.
A Career Transforming Sustainability: Q&A with Fahmida Bangert, MESM 2006
Fahmida Bangert, MESM '06, took a leap of faith to change careers in the early days of corporate sustainability, and now her thriving career has come full circle
Taylor Heisley-Cook and David Mun, MESM 2019
For their Eco-E Project, three MESM students co-founded The Hurd Co., a company aimed at eliminating hemp waste in the creation of fabrics. UCSB Alumni interviews MESM 2019 grads Taylor Heisley-Cook and David Mun.
Mengya Tao, MESM 2014, PhD 2019
As a sustainability researcher at Amazon, Mengya Tao focuses on life cycle assessment and quantifying the environmental impact of products, from raw materials to disposal.
Garrett Goto, MESM 2019
Hired even before he graduated, Garrett Goto is developing global aquaculture strategy at the Center for Oceans at Conservation International.
Solving Environmental Problems
Explore how the Bren community of students, faculty, and researchers approach solutions to critical environmental problems, and get inspired to bring your ideas to Bren.
Bren researchers make valuable contributions with global impact on the most significant environmental issues of our day, from climate change to ocean health. Browse a directory of subject matter experts.
Science needs a strong voice now more than ever. The MESM program focus in Communication trains students to become compelling storytellers, strategic communicators, and skilled multimedia producers.
Innovators solve complex problems and create meaningful value. The MESM program focus in Innovation trains students to become effective change agents, agile thinkers, creative problem solvers and compelling presenters.
Your support for the Bren School propels innovative environmental leaders and solutions. Learn about opportunities to support student fellowships, academic programs, research, and more.
Our Global Impact
Bren researchers and students develop solutions to critical environmental problems around the world. We are expanding our scientific understanding, planning and implementing viable solutions, and building sustainable industries.
Saving Whales During a Pandemic: The Story of a Student Team Navigating Remote Times
Despite the challenges of the COVID pandemic, a team of Bren master's students examined how undersea acoustic pollution might be impacting marine mammals.
Mar 4 2022
Rāhui: Supporting Traditional Resource Management with Contemporary Conservation in French Polynesia
Researchers with the Rāhui Forum and Research Center empower local communities to manage their natural resources, coupled with contemporary ecological tools
May 18 2022
Exploring Opportunities for Legislative Bipartisanship on U.S. Climate Mitigation
Researchers shed light on opportunities for bipartisan cooperation in the current political climate
Apr 5 2022
Assessing the Impact of Anthropogenic Pressures on Global Coastal Ecosystems
Researchers identified earth’s remaining intact coastal ecosystems, and the actions nations can undertake to retain, restore and sustainably manage them
Feb 8 2022
Wealthy Homeowners More Likely to Benefit from Wildfire Suppression Efforts
In a recent study, researchers found that affluent homeowners reap more benefits from state fire suppression resources
May 19 2022