San Diego State University

San Diego State University is the oldest higher education institution in San Diego.

Since its founding in 1897, the university has grown to become a leading public research university. Each year, SDSU provides more than 36,000 students with the opportunity to participate in an academic curriculum distinguished by direct contact with faculty and an international emphasis that prepares them for a global future.

SDSU provides transformative experiences for students in the areas of research, international study, sustainability, entrepreneurship, and a broad range of student life and leadership opportunities.

Center for Climate and Sustainability Studies

The Center for Climate and Sustainability Studies (C2S2) is an interdisciplinary Area of Excellence that will facilitate the development of (a) interdisciplinary research proposals, (b) increased international exchange and collaboration, and (c) an expanded but focused educational program in climate and sustainability studies. It collaborates with and enhances the existing climate and sustainability programs, such as Environmental Science Program. It participates in various SDSU joint PhD programs, such as Ecology PhD program with University of California Davis and Mathematics and Science Education PhD program with University of California San Diego

C2S2 was founded in 2013 as one of the SDSU Areas of Excellence selected through a university wide competition. The seven founding faculty members are Trent Biggs, Todd Braje, Chun-Ta Lai, Matt Lauer, David Lipson, Walter Oechel, and Sam Shen in four departments (Anthropology, Biology, Geography, and Mathematics and Statistics).

C2S2 promotes interdisciplinary collaboration and offer regular research seminars, open to the community, and given by invited external speakers and C2S2 members in the area of Climate and Sustainability. All C2S2 faculty will meet at least monthly to discuss research findings, ideas, and research opportunities. C2S2 intends to be a major climate and sustainability studies information resource center in the region. C2S2 has an advisory group and a stakeholder group, both comprised of policy makers, managers, business members, and NGOs. C2S2 students and faculty work with the San Diego County Office of Education, and the San Diego Science Alliance to better inform K-12 teachers and students of climate and sustainability issues.

Dr. Samuel Shen, Lead Investigator
(619) 594-6280