Sean Quezada

Cohort Level: Cohort - IV

Career Goal: Get a job in scientific research, preferably in a field work type job.

Expected Graduation Date: May 20, 2022

Degree: M.S Geography

Research Title: Developing a sediment budget and understanding sediment accumulation in the Tijuana Estuary.

Research Synopsis: Coastal salt marshes have many environmental services that they provide to their surrounding ecosystems. One of the largest salt marshes in Southern California is the Tijuana Estuary. This estuary has come under threat from increased sediment accumulation. In order to maintain and develop regulations that can preserve this valuable ecosystem, a sediment budget must be produced. A sediment budget will allow the policy makers and researchers alike to gain an understanding of sediment input, output, and retention in the estuary. In addition, sediment accumulation will be studied to quantify patterns in sediment deposition throughout the estuary, to highlight areas with the greatest accumulation and the greatest need for mitigation/intervention.