Sharifa Crandall

Environmental Studies

University of California, Santa Cruz


Welcome to my site!

I am interested in understanding:  1) what drives plant and fungal species diversity across time and space? and 2) how can we effectively manage and conserve native species and ecosystems? 

I research fungal diversity and spore dynamics in redwood, mixed-evergreen, and chaparral plant communities in coastal California. I also analyze fungal trait data with phylogenetic comparative methods to determine which ecological traits are conserved through evolutionary time. I am also interested in understanding how native fungi and plants are harvested and used culturally as non-timber forest products in California, Oregon, and Washington.

Prior to starting my doctoral research, I worked on the reforestation of degraded habitats in Hawaii using culturally and ecologically important native plant species.

For more information about my background and research interests, please click on the links at the top of this page. Thank you!

Sharifa G. Crandall

PhD Candidate

NAS / Ford Foundation Fellow

Gilbert Lab

Environmental Studies Department

University of California, Santa Cruz

1156 High Street

Santa Cruz, CA 95064



Office: Natural Sciences 2 Room 487

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