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.


UCSC Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program: Diversifying conservation by mentoring future leaders in their undergraduate careers.

Fall 2016:

  • Erika Zavaleta has been named as a Fellow of the California Academy of Sciences!

    Winter 2017:

  • Ecosystems of California has received the Association of American Publishers’ 2017 PROSE Award for Excellence in Physical Sciences and Mathematics, as well as the Environmental Sciences award.

  • Undergraduate Teague Corning has received a Norris Center Student Natural History Award!

  • Flavia Oliveira has received a Heller Agroecology Graduate Student Research Grant!