Dr. Myers is a Sea Grant Extension Specialist based in Santa Barbara. Her work broadly addresses resilient coastal communities and healthy coastal ecosystems, which are key focal areas for California Sea Grant. Myers has a diverse array of projects and collaborates with a variety of government agencies, nonprofit groups, students, university researchers and other stakeholders.
To address the challenges climate change poses to coastal communities and ecosystems, Myers is working on several projects that involve university researchers and coastal decision makers. Her work is aimed at providing tools and information to reduce impacts to our coasts and help plan for adaptation to inevitable changes. Two recent projects are the Santa Barbara Area Coastal Ecosystem Vulnerability Assessment (SBA CEVA) and Explore Beach Ecosystems website.
Coastal communities are growing, stressing water resources, adding to nonpoint source pollution and impacting marine ecosystems. Myers work has addressed storm water run-off and water conservation. They include information sheets on water conservation related topics for home owners and gardeners, and a publication aimed at finding common ground between emergency safety concerns and progressive storm water management techniques publication.
Myers developed and leads a student and teacher watershed education project called Research and Education for Students and Teachers about the Ormond Beach Restoration (RESTOR) Project. This project, which began in 2008, educates and involves mostly multicultural, low-income students in the largest wetland restoration project in Southern California. Each year 500 students and their teachers participate in this year-long program that includes teacher workshops, classroom visits and water quality monitoring instruction by scientists, student field trips to Ormond Beach and the Channel Islands, standards-based curricula, and collection of base-line scientific data for the restoration project.
Myers investigates impacts to, benefits from and conservation of coastal ecosystems. She has explored anthropogenic contaminants in coastal wetlands, remote sensing and community monitoring of coral reefs and impacts of marine protected areas. She has performed wetland field research from San Diego to Bodega Bay and coral reef research in the Bahamas, Thailand, and on Australia's Great Barrier Reef. Currently, she is investigating anthropogenic impacts on sandy beach ecosystems.
Myers received a bachelor’s degree from Boston University, a master’s degree from Western Washington University and a doctorate in Environmental Science and Engineering from UCLA.
In her free time Myers likes to be outdoors: jogging on the coast, hiking/skiing in the mountains or snorkeling/diving in the ocean. Whenever she can, she likes to visit critters in far away places, both beneath and above water.
Monique R. Myers and Richard F. Ambrose. 2015. Salt Marsh Reduces Fecal Indicator Bacteria Input to Coastal Waters in Southern California. Bulletin of the Southern California Academy of Sciences: Vol. 114: Iss. 2.
Monique R. Myers. 2015. Underserved Youth and an Over-Used Wetland: The RESTOR Project Promotes a Win-Win Relationship at Ormond Beach. Current: The Journal of Marine Education, National Marine Educators Association Vol. 29 No. 4 p2-4.
Valerie Borel, Monique R. Myers and Deborah Giraud. 2015. Coastal California Rain Gardens, California Agriculture, University of California Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources. pub. #8531
Monique R. Myers and Richard F. Ambrose 2012. A Student and Teacher Watershed and Wetland Education Program: Extension to Promote Community Social-Ecological Resilience. Journal of Extension: Vol. 50 Iss. 4.
Timothy Lawrence and Monique Myers. 2009. Emergency Services and Storm Water Management. California Sea Grant publication.
Monique R. Myers and Richard F. Ambrose. 2009. The Effect of Zoning on Great Barrier Reef Benthic Community, Aquatic Conservation 19(7): 736-737.
Carolynn Culver, Sabrina Drill and Monique Myers. 2009. Early Detection Monitoring Manual for Quagga and Zebra Mussels. California Sea Grant.
Monique Myers. 2008. “Green Sheets”: 9 water conservation information sheets for the home gardener, California Sea Grant.
Monique R. Myers, John T. Hardy, Charles Mazel and Phillip Dustan. 1999. Optical Spectra and Pigmentation of Caribbean Reef Corals and Macroalgae Coral Reefs18: 179-186.