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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James Heintz

Field Biologist
Phone: 760-834-0594
Email: James.Heintz@ucr.edu
Palm Desert Campus

I am currently a field biologist working out of the UC Riverside Palm Desert Campus. My work includes monitoring the flora and fauna of the Cochella Valley's Multiple Species Habitat Conservation Plan, Joshua Tree National Park's long term climate change study and working in disaster relief as a Resource Advisor. My specialty is desert flora and I look for any excuse to botanize. My current goals include balancing studying how climate change is affecting the boundary between the Colorado and Mojave Deserts with being a good father and husband.

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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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Roxann Merizan

Field Biologist
Phone:760-834-0594
Email: roxann.merizan@ucr.edu
Location: Palm Desert Campus

Roxann is a field biologist in the Palm Desert Center for Conservation Biology. She leads local volunteers on CCB’s vegetation and wildlife surveys. These surveys are to monitor species of concern throughout the Coachella Valley in regards with the Multiple Species Habitat Conservation Plan. Roxann specializes in wildlife. In her career she has monitored Le Conte’s Thrashers, Desert Horned Lizards, Desert Tortoises, River Otters and Marine Mammals. Roxann also enjoys data management and analysis. In the future she hopes to go to graduate school to study wildlife utilizing mathematical modeling.

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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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Lynn C. Sweet

Plant Ecologist
Phone: 760-834-0594
Email: lynn.sweet@ucr.edu
Location: Palm Desert Campus

Lynn is an Associate Specialist at UC Riverside's Palm Desert Center. She is a plant ecologist whose research focuses on the establishment of plants in heterogeneous landscapes, primarily the establishment of invasive plants into new landscapes. She was previously a post-doctoral researcher at the University of California, Santa Barbara. At UCR she is continuing her work looking at native and invasive plant species distributions in the Coachella Valley and beyond. Her work is now across several disciplines; she has focused not only on plant ecology but also biogeography and invasion biology in order to answer questions about why plants occur where they do, and where they may occur with future climate change.

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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: ccbucr@ucr.edu

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