Slide Supporting the Future Science-Policy Workforce We support and provide graduate education opportunities at the intersection of science and policy, towards a vision of a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive future workforce

Helping shape the future of science-policy in California

Our founding legislation recognizes the importance of growing capacity at the science-policy interface and includes a mandate to support graduate education in management-relevant ocean sciences. To act on this part of our mission, we support, advocate for, and provide inclusive graduate education opportunities that strengthen the links between ocean science, educational institutions, and decision-making.

Advancing Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Access values

Supporting California’s future science-policy leadership demands a focus on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Access (DEIA) in the ocean sciences community. We are deeply committed to supporting pathways to advance these values in science leadership in academia and beyond. Our unique position transcending any one campus and including our close connection with state government, enable us to foster collaborative and innovative action toward a future vision in which our ocean science community is inclusive and reflective of the diversity of California.

To date, OST has hosted 13 interns and 6 graduate fellows in partnership with the following organizations, universities, and programs:

In this role, we are committed to:

  1. Strengthening and expanding our partnerships with university departments, programs and initiatives
  2. Supporting the science-policy workforce through expanded internship opportunities and training
  3. Serving as a mentorship hub or network convenor between students, faculty and workforce development professionals
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Climate-Based Flexible Fisheries Management

Researching case studies, management plans, and conducting stakeholder engagement as an OST intern.
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Ocean and Social Science

Exploring ocean policy and crafting the Indigenous Peoples and Territories Acknowledgement statement
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New Report on Taking Action for DEI in California's Ocean Sciences

Proceedings and Recommendations from our Roundtable Series
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In Memoriam of Dr. Kenneth Coale

Remembering Dr. Kenneth Coale, one of OST's founding board members
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Ocean Side Chats: Kevin Travis

Science Officer Kevin Travis talks about transferable skills for a career in science policy
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Ocean Side Chats: Melissa Abderrahim

Science Officer Melissa Abderrahim talks about bringing DEI to the core of the science-policy nexus
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Reimagining Career Pathways at the 2021 CalCOFI Conference

A panel discussion on modern careers in ocean science
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Navigating a Boundary Spanning Organization

A reflection on the importance of boundary spanning organizations
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Reflections of an OST Intern

Reflections from a summer intern and her time at OST