University of California, Riverside

Center for Conservation Biology



Staff


Michael F. Allen

Director, Professor of Plant Pathology and Biology
Phone: 951-827-4007
Email: michael.allen@ucr.edu
Location: 3207 Batchelor

My interests focus on the regulation of community and ecosystem processes by soil organisms with special emphasis on mycorrhizal fungi. My current research concentrates on global change dynamics and structure of undisturbed areas, and how that information can be utilized in the conservation and restoration of native ecosystems.

Please visit Dr. Allen's Soil Mycorrhizal Lab or the Department of Plant Pathology and Microbiology website for more information.

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Cameron Barrows

Research Ecologist
Phone: 760-834-0934
Email: cbarrows@ucr.edu
Location: Palm Desert Campus

I am currently an Assistant Research Ecologist coordinating the Center for Conservation Biology's Desert Studies Initiative.The focus of the Desert Studies Initiative has been to develop risk assessments for desert flora, fauna and natural communities relevant to the implementation of regional conservation programs. Specific research has examined the influence of suburban-natural area interfaces, minimum habitat sizes for population persistence along precipitation gradients, the influence of exotic species on natural community composition, drivers of population dynamics, and modeling current and historic species distributions to objectively measure habitat loss. We are also exploring programs to enhance the secondary level science education in surrounding schools.

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Kathleen D. Fleming

Field Biologist
Phone: 760-834-0594 (fax: x30934)
Email: kathleen.fleming@ucr.edu
Location: Palm Desert Campus

I am a field biologist at the CCB – Desert Studies Initiative. My duties include monitoring of sensitive species listed under the Coachella Valley and Western Riverside County MSHCP's, as well as data analysis and database management, and assisting with funding proposals and support. My research interests currently focus on the spatial ecology of Western Burrowing Owls in Riverside County, and the effectiveness of maintaining linkages between major habitat patches for both corridor dwellers and transient species with increasing stressors from development and climate change. I also enjoy being involved in increasing local ecological literacy through community outreach in both formal and informal education initiatives.

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Robert Johnson

Assistant Specialist
Phone: 951-827-4005
Email: robert.johnson@ucr.edu
Location: 3215 Batchelor Hall

I work with geographic information and provide geospatial analysis services in support of our research efforts. This is usually presented as various digital data products and visual media illustrating research findings. I also provide assistance and training to researchers in GIS software and methods. Much of my work pertains to the compilation of contemporary and past environmental information into a format appropriate for modeling habitat suitability. One of my interests is developing conversion methods from historic data formats to digital geospatial datasets.

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Kuni Kitajima

Staff Research Associate
Phone: 951-827-4004
Email: kunik@ucr.edu
Location: 3169 Batchelor Hall

I'm in charge of coordinating lab activities, maintaining equipment and organizing field data for easy access to researchers. My research interests include soil ecology, ecological modeling and mycology.

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Michelle Murphy-Mariscal

Assistant Specialist
Phone: 951-827-5494
Email: michelle.murphy@ucr.edu
Location: 3117 Batchelor Hall, Palm Desert Campus

My research interests include conservation biology, wildlife management, and corridor ecology. My current research focuses on evaluating whether highway underpasses facilitate wildlife crossings and thus serve as corridor linkages for desert fauna. Additional activities include constructing climate change niche models for various flora and fauna, and monitoring for sensitive species listed under the Coachella Valley MSHCP as part of the CCB’s Desert Study Initiative.

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Rick Redak

Professor of Entomology and Department Chair
Phone: 981-827-7250
Email: richard.redak@ucr.edu
Location: 238 Entomology

Currently, my lab is involved in studies investigating 1) The use of whole insect communities to assess community recovery following fire or restoration, 2) The impact of land management practices on insect community structure and 3) The importance of insect community structure and biomass distribution in determining the habitat quality of endangered species of vertebrate insectivores.

Please visit the Department of Entomology for more information.

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John Rotenberry

Associate Director, Professor of Biology, Director of UC Nature Reserves
Phone: 951-827-3953
Email: john.rotenberry@ucr.edu
Location: 3372 Spieth Hall

My laboratory studies community ecology and conservation biology, particularly how environmental factors interact to determine species diversity and community composition, and how the relative importance of those factors varies. My research has focused on communities in semi-arid shrubsteppe habitat, with emphasis on birds, shrubs, and arthropods; annual plants and their pollinators in old-field ecosystems; and conservation biology of vertebrates from a landscape ecological perspective.

Please visit the Department of Biology website for more information.

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Thomas Scott

Associate Director Cooperative Extension
Phone: 951-827-5115
Email: thomas.scott@ucr.edu
Location: 420 Geology

My interests are biogeography, conservation biology, wildlife management. Some of my recent projects are wildlife conservation in fragmented and altered landscapes, including studies of wildlife movement, habitat use, and population biology in oak woodland, sage scrub, and riparian habitats; behavioral changes and adjustments in habitat use of woodland bird species in response to human activities; the conservation and management of island bird species through captive propagation, predator control, and habitat restoration.

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Debbie Brown

Administrative Assistant
Phone: 951-827-5494
Email: debbie.brown@ucr.edu
Location: 1435 Boyce Hall

With 20+ years' experience in administration, I joined UCR working in Environmental Health & Safety for five years, ending June 2012. As of 2013, I am excited to be part of Center for Conservation Biology in helping to manage the 'back office' so that research can continue seamlessly. To that end, given CCB's focus in biodiversity, "the more we can work together and reduce duplication, the better", let me know if I or CCB can help you.

 Debbie Brown

More Information 

General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

Department Information

Center for Conservation Biology
1435 Boyce Hall

Tel: (951) 827-5494
E-mail: debbie.brown@ucr.edu

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