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2020 Master's Project Final Presentations

Class of 2020 Group Projects & Eco-E Projects

May 15 2020 | 12:00pm to 5:00pm Pacific Online

Six students cheering in happiness with ocean view

Join the Bren School at our annual Master's Project Presentation Day - online on Friday, May 15, 2020. The MESM Class of 2020 will present 17 Master's Group Projects and Eco-Entrepreneurship Projects, the culmination of a year working in collaboration with a client partner or on a business plan which addresses an environmental problem. Presentations will run from noon to 5pm in two concurrent sessions.

Watch recordings of all the presentations here


  • 12:00pm: Welcome by Bren School Dean Steve Gaines
  • 12:15pm: Proposing and Demonstrating an Improved Habitat Connectivity Assessment Framework
  • 12:45pm: Assessing the Impacts of Regenerative Organic Agriculture
  • 1:15pm: Using Food Waste to Reduce Food Waste: Evaluating the Impacts of Sourcing Food Waste as a Raw Material for Production
  • 1:45pm: Managing the Impacts of Environmental Education in Protected Areas: A Case Study at the Jack and Laura Dangermond Preserve near Lompoc, CA
  • 2:15pm: Functional Forests: The Role of California Forests in Achieving Statewide Carbon Neutrality
  • 2:45pm: Bad Grass: Incentivizing the Removal of Arundo donax by Manufacturing and Selling the Biomass as Cannabis Pipes (Eco-Entrepreneurship)
  • 3:15pm: Powered by Moxie: Bringing Fresh Produce and Snacks to Your Office in All Reusable Packaging (Eco-Entrepreneurship)
  • 3:45pm: Diabetes and Air Quality in California
  • 4:15pm: Exploring and Quantifying Microplastics from Footwear: Outsole Loss Through Wear
  • 4:45pm: Closing Remarks 


  • 12:00pm: Welcome by Bren School Dean Steve Gaines
  • 12:15pm: Climate Change Impacts to City of Santa Barbara Water Supplies
  • 12:45pm: Evaluating Multiple Benefits Associated with Rainwater Catchment Systems in Austin, Texas
  • 1:15pm: Improving California’s Water Resilience through Strategic Siting of Multi-Benefit Groundwater Recharge Projects
  • 1:45pm: From Mauka to Makai: Reducing Stormwater Pollution in Maunalua Bay, O’ahu, Hawai’i
  • 2:15pm: Whales and Vessels: Economic Valuation of Whale Watching and Marine Spatial Planning Surrounding Dominica
  • 2:45pm: Shaping Mariculture Development in Brazil
  • 3:15pm: Evaluating Drivers for Tracking Technology Adoption in Small-Scale Fisheries
  • 3:45pm: Evaluating Adaptive Management Strategies for Climate-Resilient Fisheries

Thank you to our generous supporter, Rincon Consultants, Inc.

Read more about this year's Group Projects and Eco-E Projects.