University of California, Riverside

Center for Conservation Biology

CCB Graduate Students

CCB Graduate Students


Jared Anderson-Huxley

I am interested in helping to protect the amazing biodiversity of California that inspired me to pursue a career in ecologic research.


Holly Andrews

I am broadly interested in consequences of global change on ecosystem stability and function in California aridlands.


Eleinis Avila-Lovera

I am interested in the ecophysiology and conservation of plants with photosynthetic stems, which usually inhabit arid and semi-arid environments and are strongly threaten by climate change.


Teresa Bohner

I'm interested in how demographic responses to the environment and community interactions shape patterns in species distributions and community composition in western conifer forests. 


Erica Bucior

I am working to understand plant physiological responses to changing global conditions, which will allow us to better restore and preserve ecologically and functionally important coastal ecosystems in the wake of increasing storm frequency and rising temperatures.


Jacob Cecala

I am broadly interested in the ecology of pollinators—particularly domesticated and wild bees—in landscapes that have been modified by humans, namely agricultural and urban areas.


Ryan Conway

My research is in the dispersal of species along networks and I aim to inform the conservation of aquatic species in heavily urbanized watersheds and fragmented waterways.


Yuwei Cui

My goal is to use genomic data and quantitative methods to study evolutionary/conservation biology, and we are currently collecting data from local kangaroo rats to look at their genetic patterns and adaptation.


Serj Danielian

I study how environmental noise interacts with the topology of dispersal to affect metapopulation dynamics.


Kaleigh Fisher

I am interested in chemoreception in social insects and how it is related to their persistence in rapidly changing landscapes.


Matthew Green

My research investigates the processes that shape metacommunity patterns in aquatic systems, with the goal that this work will better facilitate solving environmental issues related to habitat loss, fragmentation and the conservation of freshwater biota.


James Guilinger

I am a geomorphologist who is interested in understanding the dominant controls on upland hillslope erosion and associated sediment delivery to channels, which have consequences on downstream aquatic ecosystems. Currently, I am monitoring erosion in recently burned drainages in southern California.


Elisa Henderson

I have always been interested in conservation biology, and I am especially interested in using conservation genetics tools to understand the impact that humans have on population genetic structure and hybridization.


Peter Ibsen

My name is Peter Ibsen and I am care about how to couple conservation of natural areas with expanding human populations.


Andrea Keeler

Broadly, I am interested in how mutualisms are being impacted by global climate change. More specifically, I am interested in the impacts of warmer, drier conditions on soil microbial-plant interactions, namely through changes in microbial phenology.


Dion Kucera

I am interested in understanding how vegetation in urban environments responds to stress, and what factors make urban vegetation more or less capable of withstanding stressful conditions.


Mystyn Mills

Among other things my interests in conservation biology especially relate to the study of fragmented habitats, spatial resilience, network analysis, and reserve design/management.


Thien-Y (Catherine) Nguyen

I am interested in the behavioral endocrinology and am currently studying parental care in the California mouse (Peromyscus californicus). I aspire to apply endocrinology to wildlife management and conservation.


Parsa Saffarinia

I investigate the role of water flow disturbance, aggravated by global change, in structuring freshwater food webs.


Madison Sankovitz

As a Ph.D. student in the entomology department here at UCR, my research interests are the ecological drivers and biogeography of how ants impact soil. With a passion for insects and understanding the dynamics of changing ecosystems, I am interested in answering questions of what social traits and behaviors allow survival in the extremes of latitudinal and elevational gradients in Formica ants.


Erica Sarro

Erica is broadly interested in pollinator plasticity and adaptation in the face of environmental stressors.


Tessa Shates

Tessa is discovering the virome (crop-associated and novel viruses) of perennial native California plants, the insects that vector those viruses and the costs or benefits of chronic viral infection. 


Robert Straser

“Identifying effective management strategies for the conservation and/or restoration of provisioning ecosystem services in agriculture.”


Noah Teller

Noah Teller is interested in using advances in trait-based plant community ecology to develop improved ecological restoration methods for land managers. His projects include postfire native plant seeding to reduce the risk of invasion by exotic species and sensor-based field monitoring to improve treatment techniques for common invasive plants.


Jessica Tingle

My love for the diversity of life gives me an inherent interest in conserving it.

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