Kristine Duarte is the Director of Admissions and Student Affairs at the Bren School. Her strong background in both education and environmental science provides her with a versatile and relevant foundation for recruiting and advising Bren students. A Bren School graduate (MESM 2009), Kristine is well equipped and uniquely qualified to advise students regarding the Bren School, UCSB Graduate Division, UCSB and UC policies and procedures, admissions and degree requirements and timelines, course work, financial support, housing, and other personal and academic issues related to student success.
Prior to working at the Bren School, Kristine recruited and mentored students for the Center for Ecology and Conservation Biology at Boston University, where she also earned her undergraduate degree in biology with a concentration in marine science and a minor in environmental analysis and policy. She spent several years teaching field-based courses in ecology and marine sciences in Central America, South America, and the Caribbean and returned to the U.S. to work at the Catalina Island Marine Institute prior to enrolling at Bren. After completing a post-master's California Sea Grant fellowship with the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, she taught marine science, SCUBA diving, and sailing for a global ship-board college program and returned to Santa Barbara as a Community Education and Outreach Coordinator for the Museum of Natural History. Kristine began her UCSB staff career in the College of Creative Studies as a Student Affairs Officer. In her free time, Kristine enjoys spending time outdoors with her family at the many beaches, trails, and parks Santa Barbara has to offer.