CCB Graduate Students
I am interested in helping to protect the amazing biodiversity of California that inspired me to pursue a career in ecologic research.
I am broadly interested in consequences of global change on ecosystem stability and function in California aridlands.
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.
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.
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.
My research explores how species of wild, native bees interact with flowering ornamental plants in urban and agricultural areas. I study this topic at multiple scales, from individual bees to entire assemblages of species.
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.
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.
I study how environmental noise interacts with the topology of dispersal to affect metapopulation dynamics.
I am interested in chemoreception in social insects and how it is related to their persistence in rapidly changing landscapes.
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.
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.
"I study how climate change is impacting plant-pollinator interactions. Specifically, I am interested in how climate change alters the spatial and temporal composition of flowering in order to understand how these shifts will affect plant and pollinator community viability in the future."
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.
My name is Peter Ibsen and I am care about how to couple conservation of natural areas with expanding human populations.
I am interested in how mutualisms are being impacted by global climate change.
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.
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.
I study how plants' mutualisms with below-ground fungi (mycorrhizae) affect plant pollination, and how these interactions may be impacted by climate change.
I investigate the role of water flow disturbance, aggravated by global change, in structuring freshwater food webs.
Erica is broadly interested in pollinator plasticity and adaptation in the face of environmental stressors.
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.
“As an agricultural entomologist, I work with growers to find effective management strategies for the conservation and/or restoration of the beneficial insect communities that help support safe, sustainable food production.”
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.
I am interested in preserving and promoting the stability of natural food webs. I create mini ecosystems (protist microcosms) to study the long-term dynamics of interacting species and build mathematical models to predict their future outcomes.