We pursue research to enhance the stewardship, understanding and appreciation of wild ecosystems. Our projects focus on terrestrial ecosystems and plant communities, links between biodiversity and human well-being, and the implications of interacting global and regional environmental changes. We work with a wide range of NGOs, government agencies, land managers and community members to bridge strong science to effective action.


Winter 2016:

  • 'Ecosystems of California': New definitive resource published on the structure and function of California‚Äôs ecosystems.

  • Dr. Erika Zavaleta is joined by former lab member Dan Hernandez of Carleton College in a BioScience Talks podcast on "Nitrogen's Threat To Biodiversity".

    Fall 2015:

  • UC Santa Cruz launches conservation scholars program to increase diversity.

  • Paulo Quadri has received a UC MEXUS Dissertation Grant!