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Cluster Leads:

Graham Worthy, Ph.D.

Center Director and Pegasus Professor of Biology [email protected]

Christopher Emrich, Ph.D.

Science Lead & Endowed Associate Professor of Environmental Science and Public Administration [email protected]

UCF’s Sustainable Coastal System Cluster integrates science and societal needs to address coastal issues and teach students conservation and resource management.

By crossing disciplines, the cluster works to understand complex local, national and global problems related to natural changes in coastal systems and those caused by humans.

The threats and challenges Florida faces are the same that coastal communities around the world face.

The solutions, methods and technologies developed at UCF will have immediate application to other geographic locations, with the potential to be statewide and national models for how coastal states should address future environmental and economic challenges as well as growth opportunities.

NBC Coastal interview
UCF Coastal researcher Christopher Emrich speaks with NBC News about disaster preparedness in the time of the COVID-19 pandemic.

UCF Coastal notched several victories in its second year, including a new research station at Econfina River State Park and also by establishing an advisory board of passionate supporters. To support this vital program, please visit here.

In The News

Clues Emerge: How Harmless Bacteria Go Rogue Turning into Deadly Flesh-eating Variants
A new UCF-led study reveals how the environment and certain genetic traits play a critical role in the process that trigger bacteria to become human…
Science & Technology
UCF Researcher is Part of New $20 Million NSF Megalopolitan Coastal Project
The project aims to create climate-resilient decision-making frameworks to equitably support coastal communities.
‘CBS This Morning: Saturday’ Features UCF Professor’s Work With Oysters, Climate Change
The segment covers some of Pegasus Professor Linda Walters’ work with coastal conservation in Florida and its relation to environmental health nationally.

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