For the Media

How to Contact Dr. Anderson

Dr. Anderson frequently speaks with the media on a range of coastal management and environmental science topics. He most frequently discusses oil spills, pollution, wildfires, coastal development, our coastal economy, public opinion polling, fisheries, natural disasters, wildlife corridors, international conservation, drones, and submarines.

Dr. Sean Anderson

  • e-mail (link to campus directory): click here
  • cell: 805-732-2732
  • or via CSU Channel Islands Campus Media Relations:
    • website (link to staff contacts): click here
    • phone: 805-437-8424

Please note: The large volume of e-mails I receive daily make a speedy reply to your e-mail inquiry doubtful and unreliable, especially if you have a time-critical question. Rather, a text to my cell phone is the best way to reach me if you are on deadline. If I do not reply promptly, I am likely teaching or in the field. In such a case, our stellar campus Media Relations will usually be able to reach me and a call to them would most likely help.

Dr. Anderson’s Brief Bio

Sean Anderson, Ph.D.
Professor of Environmental Science and Resource Management
California State University Channel Islands

Postdoctoral FellowStanford
Center for Conservation Biology

Marine Population Biology

Bachelor’s (double major)UCSB
Ecology & Evolution
Environmental Studies

short bio (234 words), last updated August 2016

Dr. Sean Anderson is a broadly trained conservation biologist who has tackled environmental challenges from Alaska to the South Pole. Anderson left Stanford University to join the just-opened California State University Channel Islands in 2005. He proceeded to help grow both his university and program with strong emphases on interdisciplinarity, service learning (experiences wherein community volunteering is central to the learning), deep community partnerships, undergraduate research, engagement with underrepresented groups, and curricula often directed around difficult to address conditions or predicaments across the coastlines of our world. This approach has lead to frequent collaborations with partners outside academia spanning government, tech companies, heavy industry, non-profit, and arts groups.

His innovative and award-winning teaching emphasizes applied research and deep community engagement, including signature courses wherein students travel across California, the Pacific, and to New Orleans to conduct long-term monitoring and serve local communities grappling with major environmental challenges. 
Anderson’s research ranges from the Middle East to the South Pacific and spans a variety of ecological restoration, ecotoxicology, autonomous flying/swimming robotic, epistemology, public opinion, and sustainability projects. He is an elected or appointed member of several working groups, boards, joint power authorities, and Scientific Advisory Panels across local, state, U.S., and international bodies.

Dr. Anderson’s energetic, innovative teaching and conservation efforts are often covered in the popular press and spawned the eponymous “Sean Anderson” character (played by Josh Hutcherson) in Warner Brother’s Journey film franchise.

Pirate Lab Images

The image sets below link to slideshows which in turn link to full-scale resolution images. You are welcome to download and use in your publication. Please feel free to use these images, crediting images to either Sean Anderson or Pirate Lab, CSU Channel Islands.

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Dr. Anderson

Dr. Anderson working and teaching at various sites across the globe.



Shots of our students working in the lab and field.


Pirate Lab (General)

Images of our Pirate Crew working on various projects.



A few images from some of our ecological restoration projects.



Our drone- and ROV-focused efforts to monitor our environment.



Shots of our ecotoxicological work into oil, plastics, and other contaminants.


The embedded video below is a stream of our YouTube Highlights Playlist which is a sampling of our various types of videos. Our overall YouTube Channel has a fuller range of hundreds of research and educational videos. Please feel free to use any of these videos, crediting them to either Sean Anderson or Pirate Lab, CSU Channel Islands.

We offer these images under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
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