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Michael Lee, Ph.D. Faculty Profile

Michael  Lee, Ph.D.


Department of Anthropology, Geography & Environmental Studies

Professional Profile

I am an educator and consultant specializing in natural resources management and sustainable development with an emphasis on water. I have over 30 years of experience in the assessment, management and protection of water resources and watersheds and in teaching and researching all aspects of natural resources management. I received my Ph.D. from the London School of Economics in 1990 and after several years consulting in the Netherlands, Africa and California, taught natural resources management and planning at the Pan-American School of Agriculture (Zamorano, Honduras) where I ran the Honduras-portion of the Sustainable Agriculture and Natural Resources Management CRSP, developed an intensive Spanish-language short-course and training manual on Integrated, Sustainable Watershed Management, and was the lead Consultant in a USAID project to develop a national water quality monitoring program for Belize. I also supervised student thesis research in watershed management, water quality assessment, and aquaculture sustainability. Since 1996, I have taught at the California State University (Cal State East Bay) where I am active in the areas of natural resources management, water management, sustainable development, and global studies. I was the Director of International Studies at Cal State East Bay from 2014-16, advising approximately 80 majors and teaching a capstone course on globalization and international development. I also have a certificate in online teaching. I have consulted on development projects for USAID, UNICEF, and the World Bank, was a Technical Advisor on water resources to the Water Commission of the World Association of the Major Metropolises, and have consulted for the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation concerning sustainable water and food security in rural communities in Mexico and for the Department of Sustainability and Environment of the State of Victoria, Australia, concerning the development of a long-term sustainable water strategy. I have most recently consulted on sustainable seafood and aquaculture production for a leading sustainable seafood brokerage in San Francisco and was appointed the Director of Education and Policy at the Center for Aquaculture at Moss Landing Marine Laboratories (MLML), California in 2015 where I was also the Visiting Scientist for 2016-17. My recent research interests have been focused on the potential of aquaculture production in California and the development of new curriculum to support its growth in the state. I am also currently the Chair of the MLML Governing Board. I am currently taking a year out of teaching and research as the Resident Director for International Programs in Spain for 2017-18 for the California State University Office of International Studies, I speak and write Spanish at a near-native level, having previously taught in Spanish at the university level from 1993-1996. I will be returning to Cal State East Bay in August 2018 to resume teaching classes on Sustainable Resource Management, Sustainable Food Systems, and Water Resources and Watershed Management and to inaugurate a new research program in sustainable water resources and aquaculture resource management.

  • BSc University of Nottingham, PhD London School of Economics

Not teaching this quarter.

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