Meet the Alliance Team: Paula Ezcurra

While the Climate Science Alliance is composed of a large, diverse network of stakeholders and community members - there is a core team working hard behind the scenes to connect the climate dots. We invite you to get to know our team and what drives them in this fun new series.



Team Member: Paula Ezcurra

Position: Climate Resilience Fellow

Describe What You Do With the Climate Science Alliance: 

As the CSA’s Climate Resilience Fellow, I oversee the Baja Work Group, an interdisciplinary and bi-national effort to assess climate change impacts across the region. 


SCUBA Diving around the California Channel Islands.


Why do you do this work?

I do this work because it sits at the nexus of my many passions: Climate change solutions, the natural sciences, and the border region between Southern California and Mexico.



Of the 10 Things You Can Do to Protect the Earth - Which one do you commit to doing and why? 

I commit to number five: walk or ride your bike. Though I aspire to incorporate all 10 things in my life, this is the one I think I can improve on the most and would have the most impact on my health and my community. The more pedestrians and bikers on our streets, the more the surrounding infrastructure will change to accommodate them over cars. 

What gives you Climate Hope?

Things that seem immovable and have an amount of inertia that is impossible to overcome actually aren’t, and don’t. 



Hiking in the San Ynez Mountains near Santa Barbara.


What is Your Life Motto or Favorite Quote?

My favorite quote is by Rachel Carson, “For all at last return to the sea- to Oceanus, the ocean river, like the ever-flowing stream of time, the beginning and the end.”

What is the last thing you read, watched, or listened to that inspired you? 

I recently watched the 1975 Soviet-Japanese film, Dersu Uzala. It is a lovely story of friendship and man’s disconnected relationship with nature. 


Taking notes during a field expedition to study the geology of the San Pedro River region is Tabasco, Mexico.


What do you like to do for fun? 

I enjoy cooking, baking, and watching a lot of movies. 

Tell us one thing on your bucket list. 

I’d like to learn to sew.

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To learn more about the Climate Science Alliance and the work we do, please visit us at: www.climatesciencealliance.org


In Baja California Sur, during my very first mangrove research expedition in 2013.