Anne R. Kapuscinski
  • Pronouns she, her, her, hers, herself
  • Title
    • Professor of Environmental Studies
    • Director of Coastal Science & Policy program
  • Division Social Sciences Division
  • Department
    • Environmental Studies Department
  • Affiliations Coastal Science & Policy Program, Physical & Biological Sciences Division - Dean's Office
  • Phone
    831-502-8722 (faster to reach me by email)
  • Email
  • Website
  • Office Location
    • Long Marine Lab Ocean Health Building, 250A
    • Natural Sciences 2 Building
    • Room 412
  • Office Hours Varies by academic term
  • Mail Stop Long Marine Lab
  • Mailing Address
    • UCSC Coastal Science Campus, Ocean Health Bldg, 115 McAllister Way
    • Santa Cruz CA 95060
  • Faculty Areas of Expertise Agroecology and Agriculture, Coastal Science, Entrepreneurship, Environmental Policy, Environmental Studies, Natural Resource Management, Sustainability
  • Courses CSP244 Adaptation and Planning (spring), CSP231A CSP Year 1 Capstone Planning & Design Fall, CSP231B CSP Year 2 Capstone Planning and Design Winter, CSP281A Hacking for Oceans - Lean Design Methods

Biography, Education and Training

Biography and short CV of Anne Kapuscinski are at the "Meet the Team" link of Kapuscinski - Sarker Lab Group website; and "Staff" link on website of the Coastal Science and Policy program.



Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, PA. Biology B.A., 1976


Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR. Fisheries M.S., 1980


Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR. Fisheries Ph.D. & Water Resources minor, 1984




Inaugural Director, Coastal Science and Policy Program, UC Santa Cruz, since 2018


Professor, Environmental Studies, UC Santa Cruz, since 2018


Sherman Fairchild Distinguished Professor, Sustainability Science, Dartmouth College, 2009-2018


Chair, Environmental Studies Program, Dartmouth College 2011-2014


Founding Fellow, Institute on the Environment, University of Minnesota, 2007-2009


Founding Director, Institute for Social, Economic, and Ecological Sustainability, University of Minnesota, 1996-2009


Professor, Department of Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Biology, University of Minnesota, 1994-2009, Associate Prof 1989-1994, Assistant Prof 1984-1989


Sea Grant Extension Specialist, Aquaculture and Biotechnology, University of Minnesota, 1984-2009


Aquaculture Research Technician, Weyerhaeuser Company, 1976-1977

Honors, Awards and Grants

Selected Honors

Ocean Award 2019, Innovation Category, Boat International & Blue Marine Foundation - 2019

Rachel Carson Environmental Award, Natural Products Association –national award to an individual who has made outstanding contributions to protection of the environment, 2014

Distinguished Service Award, Society for Conservation Biology – global award for extraordinary contributions to biotechnology policy and conservation genetics, conservation of aquatic biodiversity, and interdisciplinary analysis of sustainability issues, 2008

Star Faculty Award, College of Food, Agriculture and Natural Resource Sciences, University of Minnesota, 2007

Distinguished Graduate, Oregon State University Dept. of Fisheries & Wildlife, 2003

Pew Fellow in Marine Conservation - world’s pre-eminent marine conservation award, 2001

Honor Award from U.S. Secretary of Agriculture - USDA highest individual award, environment category, for promoting sound public policies on biotechnology and fish conservation, 1997

Selected Publications

National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (Kapuscinski chair of committee) 2020. Strengthening Sustainability Programs and Curricula at the Undergraduate and Graduate Levels. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press.


Sarker, P.K., A.R. Kapuscinski, B. McKuin, D.S. Fitzgerald, H. M. Nash, C. Greenwood. 2020. Microalgae-blend tilapia feed eliminates fishmeal and fish oil, improves fish growth and is cost viable. Scientific Reports 10, 19328 (2020):


Yona L., Dixon, M.D., Howarth, R.B., Kapuscinski, A.R., Virginia, R.A. 2020. Applying a Leverage Points framework to the United Nations climate negotiations: The (dis)empowerment of youth participants. Elementa Science of the Anthropocene 8: 36. DOI


Sarker P.K., Kapuscinski, A.R. Vandenberg G.W., Proulx E., Sitek A.J. 2020. Towards sustainable and ocean-friendly aquafeeds: Evaluating a fish-free feed for rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) using three marine microalgae species. Elementa Science of the Anthropocene 8: 5. DOI:


Pavlowich, T., A. R. Kapuscinski, and D.G. Webster. 2019. Navigating socio-ecological tradeoffs in small-scale fisheries management: an agent-based population model of spotlight parrotfish, Sparisoma viride, for a Caribbean coral reef fishery. Ecology and Society 24(3):1.


Pavlowich, T., D.G. Webster and A.R. Kapuscinski. 2018. Leveraging sex change in parrotfish to manage fished populations. Elementa: Science of the Anthropocene 6(1), p.63. DOI:


Sarker, P.K., A.R. Kapuscinski, A., Bae, E. Donaldson, O. Edelson, A. Sitek, D. Fitzgerald. 2018. Towards sustainable, fish-free aquafeeds: Evaluating substitution of fishmeal with lipid-extracted microalgal (Nannochloropsis oculata) biomass in diets of juvenile Nile tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus). PLoS ONE 13(7): e0201315.


Pavlowich T. and A.R. Kapuscinski AR. 2017. Understanding spearfishing in a coral reef fishery: Fishers’ opportunities, constraints, and decision-making. PLoS ONE 12(7): e0181617.


Sarker, P.K., A.R. Kapuscinski, A. Lanois, E. Livesey, and K. Bernhard, M. Coley. 2016. Towards sustainable aquafeeds: complete substitution of fish oil with marine microalga Schizochytrium sp. improves growth and fatty acid deposition in juvenile Nile tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus). PLoS ONE 11(6): e0156684. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0156684


Hart, D.D., J.L. Buizer, J.A. Foley, L.E. Gilbert, L.J. Graumlich, A. R. Kapuscinski, J. G. Kramer, M. A. Palmer, D. R. Peart, L. Silka. 2016. Mobilizing the power of higher education to tackle the grand challenge of sustainability: Lessons from novel initiatives. Elementa: Science of the Anthropocene: DOI 10.12952/journal.elementa.000090


Sarker, P.K., M.M. Gamble, S. Kelson and A. R. Kapuscinski. 2015. Nile tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus) show high digestibility of lipid and fatty acids from marine Schizochytrium sp. and of protein and essential amino acids from freshwater Spirulina sp. feed ingredients. Aquaculture Nutrition: 11pp. DOI 10.1111/anu.12230


Gerst, M., M. Cox, K. Locke, M. Laser and A. R. Kapuscinski. 2014. A taxonomic framework for assessing governance challenges and environmental effects of integrated food-energy systems. Environmental Science and Technology: 8pp &Suppl. Info. DOI 10.1021/es504090u


Kelson, S.J., A.R. Kapuscinski , D. Timmins, and W.R. Ardren, 2014. Fine-scale genetic structure of brook trout in a dendritic stream network. Conservation Genetics: 12pp. DOI 10.1007/s10592-014-0637-5.


Kapuscinski, A.R. and L. M. Sharpe. 2014. Introduction: genetic biocontrol of invasive fish species. Biological Invasions (special issue): DOI: 10.1007/s10530-014-0681-6


Johnson, K., G. Dana, N. R. Jordan, K. J. Draeger, A. Kapuscinski, L. K. Schmitt Olabisi and P. B.Reich. 2012. Using participatory scenarios to stimulate social learning for collaborative sustainable development. Ecology and Society 17(2): article 9 (31 pp). Online:


Dana, G., A.R. Kapuscinski and J. Donaldson. 2012. Integrating diverse scientific and practitioner knowledge in ecological risk analysis: a case study of biodiversity risk assessment in South Africa. Journal of Environmental Management 98: 134-146.