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.


New Coastal Science and Policy M.S. Program.

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

Fall 2017:

  • The Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) has named Erika Zavaleta an HHMI Professor!

    Winter 2018:

  • Dr. Blair McLaughlin has received a National Geographic Explorers grant!