Kristian Anders Gustavson

Kristian Anders Gustavson

Part-time Instructor, General Education

Phone: 760-277-3503


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Research Interests: The interrelation of rivers and the marine environment: sedimentation and coastal erosion; eutrophication and hypoxia; non-point sourced pollution; algal biofuels; aquaculture; waste to energy; bioremediation; immersive visualization waterway mapping; interdisciplinary studies; and environmental economics.

Design and Teaching Philosophies: The natural world provides perhaps the most efficient model of innovation through evolution. All things are related and nothing is wasted. Challenges require action and adaptation. Nothing ventured, nothing gained. There is no box. “Come forth into the light of things, let nature be your teacher.” - William Wordsworth

Education: Kristian Gustavson attended the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, where he earned his master’s in marine biodiversity and conservation in 2011; he also attended UCSD, where he earned his B.A. in political science in 2008.

Honorary Degrees/Awards/Memberships: Co-founder, director of research and explorations for Below the Surface (2008-present); associate, U.S. Department of the Interior; honorary member, American Legion; “Hero of the Heartland,” American Red Cross, 2010; Outside Magazine “Chief Inspiration Officer,” 2012; land-speed record holder for an algae-fueled motorcycle, 2012; Riviera Magazine’s “Men of Style,” 2013

Additional Information: With a master’s degree from Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UCSD, Gustavson leads a variety of projects aimed at driving innovation from the lab to the market for clean water and clean energy projects. He is the current land-speed record holder for an algae-fueled motorcycle and has entered it in the Baja 1000. Through his consulting company, North American Explorations, Gustavson also works closely with policy makers, researchers, and business leaders to develop market solutions to environmental problems. When he is not surfing or paddling rivers, Gustavson can be found at training for various projects by advancing his skydiving and SCUBA certifications among other operational skills.