Watch interviews and animations featuring our research.

Can Disasters Save Habitats? UCSC EEB Seminar

January 29th, 2021

UCSC Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

By Michael W. Beck

Mike Beck, AXA Chair in Coastal Resilience at UC Santa Cruz presents on "Can Disasters Save Habitats: The Ecology, Engineering and Financing of Natural Coastal Defenses" for a Seminar with the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at UC Santa Cruz

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Coastal Resilience Lab Approach

December 1st, 2020

Coastal Resilience Lab

By Jessica Kendall-Bar

The Coastal Resilience Lab works to reduce risks to people, property and nature; find out more at at

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Reducing Caribbean Risk with Mangroves

October 21st, 2020

Coastal Resilience Lab

By Sarah and Michael Beck

This is a video abstract about a report by the UCSC Coastal Resilience Lab along with The Nature Conservancy and the global insurance firm AXA on Caribbean risk: Opportunities for cost effective Mangrove Restoration and Insurance.

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How Our Reefs Protect Us: Valuing the Benefits of U.S. Reefs

July 20th, 2020

US Geological Survey

By Jessica Kendall-Bar & Michael W. Beck

This video illustrates how scientists quantify coastal flood protections afforded by coral reefs, a main focus of an ongoing, collaborative effort between scientists at USGS and the Coastal Resilience Lab at UCSC. To learn more about this collaboration, please visit:

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Understanding the Protective Value of Nature

July 15th, 2020

National Wildlife Federation

By Borja Reguero, Mike Beck & Curt Storlazzi

A Discussion of the Science Behind the Effectiveness of Natural Infrastructure for Hazard Risk Reduction. Zoom webinar hosted by the National Wildlife Federation.

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How Do Humans Depend on Coral Reefs?

December 28th, 2018

Cal Academy of Sciences

By Cal Academy of Sciences

We worked with Cal Academy on their planetarium video on the value of coral reefs, which featured a high res visualization of our storm wave models in Mexico. Half a billion people rely on coral reefs for food and income. But reefs provide more than food. They also provide protection.

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At the Water's Edge

November 6th, 2018

The Nature Conservancy

By The Nature Conservancy

"Grenada is on the front line of climate change. Storms, flooding, sea level rise, and changing temperatures threaten lives and property."

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Coral Reefs Prevent $4.3 Billion in Flood Damage Annually

June 20th, 2018

Pew Trusts

By the PEW Charitable Trusts

"We're in an era when we're losing coastal habitats and the risks to both those habitats and to people are increasing greatly."

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Reducing Coastal Risk with Natural Defenses Webinar

May 22nd, 2018

Open Channels

By Michael W. Beck

This talk will summarize high-level findings from the latest research on the ecology, engineering, and economics of natural infrastructure.

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