Laura Engeman leads the Center for Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation’s coastal-focused climate adaptation initiatives developing partnerships between scientists and public agencies in San Diego and across California.
As an affiliate with the California Sea Grant extension program, Laura works to identify and address important climate and coastal/marine research issues and priorities by developing and conducting projects and programs in research, education, and outreach. She works to link science to policy through engagement with and facilitation of networks of coastal managers, research scientists, and stakeholders in multi-disciplinary partnerships to address important knowledge gaps and inform solutions.
Previously, Laura launched and directed the San Diego Regional Climate Collaborative, building strategies for advancing climate change planning and implementation in cities across San Diego. At the Collaborative, she created and led the Resilient Coastlines Project of Greater San Diego connecting Scripps scientists with public agencies to increase understanding of sea level rise, coastal storm vulnerabilities and coastal hazard mitigation approaches.
She brings 15 years of experience in environmental management and policy at the local, state, national and international level to the Center and has an MA in International Environmental Policy from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey.