Alumna Leaves Future Gift to Inspire Students at UCSB

Dawn Wright

Dawn Wright, Ph.D. ’94

Dawn Wright (Ph.D.’94) is currently the Chief Scientist of the Environmental Systems Research Institute. Her work involves the geological mapping of the ocean floor, advising organizations on oceanography and fisheries, and interfacing with government, industry and the public to understand and find environmental solutions. Dawn’s path to this prestigious position included a Ph.D. from UC Santa Barbara in both Geography and Marine Geology.

Growing up in Hawaii, Dawn honed her interest in oceanography at a young age. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Geology at Wheaton College, and a master’s degree at Texas A&M.

At UC Santa Barbara, studying for her doctorate, she learned for the first time about geographic information systems (GIS) through the geography department, which in turn led her to a career that now combines GIS with oceanographic work.

Dawn shares that “UCSB had a huge impact on me in so many ways: the making of lifelong friends, the shaping of my world view and ethic as an academic professional and scientist, and a grounding in geographic information systems (GIS) that led to where I am today. Over the years, my experiences at UCSB have become among the most precious to me, and that led me to select the university as a major beneficiary in my estate plan.”

Dawn has established a generous gift in her estate plan, designating a planned gift for unrestricted support of the University. This wonderful legacy gift has enabled Dawn to give back to the institution that has played such a significant role in her life, and to inspire future students and scientists for years to come.

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