Dr. Kristen Goodrich


Dr. Kristen Goodrich serves as the Coastal Training Program Coordinator at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve. There, she provides training and technical assistance to decision-makers in southern and Baja California in social science and community-based approaches that emphasize collaboration in coastal management. At all other times, you’ll find her in, on, or under the Pacific Ocean. Previously she worked at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in the Office of Water in Washington, D.C.

Her work in the U.S.-Mexico border region has provided her with a unique perspective on the challenges of and opportunity for boundary spanning and inspires her research on psychosocial resilience to climate change.

Dr. Goodrich holds a B.A. in Psychology and Marine Affairs & Policy from the University of Miami, M.A. in Marine Affairs & Policy from the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, and Ph.D. in Social Ecology from the University of California Irvine.  She’s a Research Affiliate with UC Irvine’s Blum Center for Poverty Alleviation, a Switzer Fellow, and a member of the BMW Foundation Herbert Quandt Responsible Leaders network.


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