Coastal Zone Foundation names Michaela Miller as newest Certified Coastal Practitioner

Fort Myers, FL – The Coastal Zone Foundation (CZF) is pleased to announce that Michaela Miller has earned the designation of Certified Coastal Practitioner™ (CCP) professional credential.

Earning the CCP designation distinguishes Miller as having a broad knowledge base and understanding of the interrelationships that exist among different coastal professions.

Miller earned her Bachelors of Science degree in Environmental Science and Resource Management in 2016 from California State University Channel Islands, and earned her Master’s degree in Applied Marine and Watershed Science from California State University Monterey Bay in 2019. In graduate school, she researched the major trends in marine debris and microplastics accumulation on California’s Northern Channel Islands, and also managed a marine debris monitoring and removal project for the Santa Rosa Island Research Station.

After that, Miller was a 2020 California Sea Grant fellow and worked in the California Ocean Protection Council’s (OPC) Climate Change Program, where she focused on issues such as sea level rise, sediment management, coastal resilience and other climate change-related impacts. She also administered OPC’s Proposition 68 Coastal Resilience grant program.

Miller currently works as a research associate for California State Channel Islands and the Beach Erosion Authority for Clean Oceans and Nourishment (BEACON), where she is researching sediment management throughout the Santa Barbara littoral cell.

To earn the CCP credential, candidates must complete a series of 10 short courses offered by the Coastal Zone Foundation in cooperation with the American Shore & Beach Preservation Association (ASBPA). The CCP program provides participants with multidisciplinary instruction on comprehensive coastal management and defines the body of knowledge, which reflects best practices for coastal practitioners.

The Coastal Zone Foundation was formed in 1984 with the purpose of advancing scientific and related engineering and planning knowledge. Please visit to learn more.

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