Climate Education Partners

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Project Team

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Climate Education Partners (CEP) is a dynamic, interdisciplinary collaboration of representatives from the University of San Diego, California State University San Marcos, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California San Francisco, The San Diego Foundation, and The Steve Alexander Group. This multipartner team brings together expertise in climate science, social psychology, law, policy, and communications.

Principal Investigators

michel boudriasMichel Boudrias, PhD, University of San Diego (Principal Investigator)

Dr. Boudrias is Chair and Professor of the Marine Science and Environmental Studies Department and Chair of the Sustainability Task Force at the University of San Diego. His research includes interdisciplinary projects combining marine ecology and marine chemistry. (Full Bio)

Mica EstradaMica Estrada, PhD, University of California San Francisco (Project Director and Co-PI)

Dr. Estrada is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the University of California, San Francisco. She earned her doctorate in Social Psychology from Harvard University. (Full Bio)

Sasha GershunovAlexander Gershunov, PhD, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UCSD (Co-PI)

Dr. Gershunov is a Research Meteorologist at the Climate, Atmospheric Science and Physical Oceanography (CASPO) Division at SIO. His research focuses on interrelated aspects of weather, climate and society. (Full Bio)

Nilmini Silva-SendNilmini Silva-Send, PhD, University of San Diego (Co-PI)

Dr. Silva-Send is EPIC's Senior Policy Analyst and Adjunct Faculty at the School of Law, University of San Diego. Her policy work on energy and climate change focuses on local transportation energy use and costs of mitigation measures. (Full Bio)

Team Members

Steve AlexanderSteve Alexander, The Steve Alexander Group

Mr. Alexander is President of The Steve Alexander Group, experts in facilitation, coaching, media crises and communications strategies in public affairs with unique expertise in collaborative decision-making. (Full Bio)

Ruby Cuellar, University of San Diego (Research Assistant)

Ms. Cuellar holds a B.A. In Psychology from CSUSM and currently works on data collection and analysis as well as database management for Climate Education Partners.

Christiana DeBenedictChristiana DeBenedict, University of San Diego (Project Manager)

Ms. DeBenedict brings over eight years of experience managing multi-stakeholder projects, coordinating project teams, developing and implementing program and organizational strategy. (Full Bio)

Nicola HedgeNicola Hedge, MPIA, The San Diego Foundation

Ms. Hedge is Manager of the Climate Initiative at The San Diego Foundation. She leads implementation of Climate Initiative, working with nonprofits, business, donors, and government partners. (Full bio)

Wes SchultzP. Wesley Schultz, PhD, California State University San Marcos

Dr. Schultz is Professor of Psychology at California State University San Marcos. Schultz's areas of expertise are social psychology and statistics. His current research interests are in the application of social psychology to help understand and solve social problems. (Full Bio)

Brian TengBrian Teng, University of San Diego (Project Assistant)

Mr. Teng manages social media and digital content as well as administrative work for Climate Education Partners. Previously he worked for several non-profit educational organizations and received his B.S. in Ecology, Behavior, and Evolution from UCLA in 2012.

Emily YoungEmily Young, PhD, The San Diego Foundation

Dr. Young serves as Senior Director of the Environment Program at The San Diego Foundation. Young manages TSDF's environmental grants, and works with the Environment Working Group to adapt and implement the Environment Program. (Full Bio)

John YinZhi-Yong (John) Yin, PhD, University of San Diego

Dr. Yin is Professor of Marine Science and Environmental Studies at the University of San Diego. Yin's research focus is hydroclimatology, with special interests in recent and past climate variations and the impact on hydrological systems and water resources. (Full Bio)