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Assistant Professor
Environmental Studies


  SEEC S106D

Office Hours

Tuesday and Thursdays 11:30 - 1:30pm

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*Office hours will be virtual


Stanford University, PhD 2017

Research Interests

  • Environmental governance and policy across scales from local to international
  • marine science and conservation
  • protected areas 


Cassandra Brooks is an Assistant Professor in Environmental Studies at the University of Colorado Boulder. She draws on a diversity of disciplines including marine science, environmental policy, and science communication to study and seek solutions to pressing environmental problems.

Prior to joining CU Boulder, she completed a PhD at Stanford University, studying international ocean policy, with a focus on marine protection in the Antarctic. Her research helped drive the adoption of the world’s largest marine protected area in the Ross Sea, Antarctica – one of healthiest and most productive marine ecosystems left on Earth. In 2015, she was awarded a Switzer Fellowship in Environmental Leadership. 

In the last 20 years, Cassandra’s drive to understand and contribute to environmental governance has taken her all over the world, working in different capacities, including as a federal fisheries observer on New England groundfish boats, a National Science Foundation-funded field researcher in Antarctica, a science writer and media producer, and an Antarctic policy advisor for international conservation organizations in the United States, Europe, China, and South Korea.

As a marine scientist and expert on environmental governance, she has presented her work at conferences, workshops, in policy briefs, and directly to policy-makers nationally and internationally, while publishing in peer reviewed journals, including commentaries in Science and Nature. As a science writer and multi-media producer, she’s published more than 150 articles and multi-media pieces about marine science, the environment and human well-being in publications including the Seattle Times, Science, and National Geographic. Her research and media has been featured in the popular press across the world, including CNN, Smithsonian, and The Washington Post.

In her position at the University of Colorado Boulder, Cassandra enjoys continuing her research in environmental governance while helping to empower the next generations of environmental leaders.

Note to Prospective Students:

I am very interested in working with passionate, creative and hard-working undergraduate and graduate students. If you are considering applying to the Environmental Studies Graduate Program or are a current Environmental Studies undergraduate and would like to work with me, please send me an email including your:

  1. CV or resume
  2. A brief description of your research interests, why you want to pursue graduate work in the Environmental Studies Program and why my research group would be a good fit.
  3. A brief description of any relevant experience or skills, including copies or links to publications (e.g., peer-reviewed manuscripts, agency reports, conference proceedings, poster PDFs, or popular media).