About the Authors

Dr. Kiki Patsch

Dr. Kiki Patsch is currently an Assistant Professor of Environmental Science and Resource Management at California State University Channel Islands in Camarillo, California and runs a lab called The Sandshed. Patsch completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Virginia in Environmental Science and earned her Ph.D. in Earth and Planetary Sciences with a focus on coastal geology, processes, and hazards under the guidance of Dr. Gary Griggs at the University of California Santa Cruz. Patsch joined the CSUCI faculty in the fall of 2015. Through her work, Dr. Patsch aims to bridge the gap between policymakers, scientists, engineers, and private citizens on issues related to the coastal zone.

Dr. Patsch’s past and current research focuses on coastal geomorphology and processes, shoreline hazard assessment, sediment budgets analysis, sea cliff and beach erosion, reductions in the natural supply of sediment to the coast, and coastal armoring along the California coast. Dr. Patsch is a co-author of the book, Living with the Changing California Coast, published by the University of California Press, Berkeley which covers the processes and hazards associated with California’s geologically dynamic and heavily populated shoreline. As part of this book, Patsch developed a GIS for the entire coastline of California, mapping and taking inventory of such information as shoreline hazard level, shoreline armoring, sea cliff erosion rates, and shoreline environment.

Dr. Kiki Patsch is currently developing regionally based, socially relevant research projects and programs with fellow faculty members as well as undergraduate students and pushing the boundaries of our knowledge of the dynamic coastal zone in the framework of environmental science and resource management. Our beaches and coastal environments are an important natural resource that needs to be studied and preserved. California’s beaches alone generate billions of dollars annually to California’s economy, not to mention the US economy as a whole. With a dynamic sea level threatening to erode our beaches and sea cliffs, coastal zone planning and resource management will need our attention in the coming years.

Dr. Stacey Anderson

Dr. Anderson is an Assistant Professor of English and Composition Director at California State University Channel Islands. She holds a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Humanities from the University of San Diego, an M.A. in English from Loyola Marymount University, and a Ph.D. in English from Claremont Graduate University.

Prior to joining CSUCI’s English Program in the fall of 2005, Dr. Anderson completed a three-year teaching fellowship with Stanford University’s Program in Writing and Rhetoric. During her fellowship, she was a key participant in the Stanford Community Writing Project. All told, Dr. Anderson has over two decades of experience teaching and studying writing at both two- and four-year institutions, including El Camino College, Loyola Marymount University, and Stanford.

Dr. Anderson has extensive experience with interdisciplinary writing, research, and collaboration, including serving as facilitator and inaugural faculty member in CI’s first year experience learning communities, STEM Collaboratives learning communities, and undergraduate research living-learning communities; teaching and directing interdisciplinary writing (ENGL 330); and co-authoring conference presentations and grant applications in coastal sustainability (Western Society of Naturalists Annual Meeting; NSF Application for interdisciplinary Cook Islands project).

In addition, Dr. Anderson is committed to sustainability and scientific literacy in both teaching and research, including teaching courses as part of the above named learning communities,  publishing about civic scientific literacy for students at a Hispanic Serving Institution in a forthcoming digital collection, and helping facilitate Instructionally Related Activities (IRA) funded, interdisciplinary trips to CI’s Santa Rosa Island Research Station.

Dr. Anderson has also engaged in significant professional development in online, digital, and multimedia teaching and communication, including completion of the Blended Learning Preparation Program, Online Teaching Preparation Program, and QOLT ePortfolio Program. She serves as a Proven Lead in the CSU’s interdisciplinary Course Redesign with Technology Initiative.