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Cluster Leads:

Christopher Emrich, Ph.D.

Science Lead & Endowed Associate Professor of Environmental Science and Public Administration

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.

Sustainable Coastal Systems Research



  • “Modeling shellfish harvest policies for food safety: Wild oyster harvest restrictions to prevent foodborne vibrio vulnificus”, Sergio Alvarez, Ph.D., Food Policy 83, 219-230: Feb, 2019

Sustainable Coastal Systems Faculty