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.

Spring 2016:

  • Bronwen Stanford and Sarah Skikne have both received Wells Fargo Coastal Sustainability Fellowships!

  • Sarah Skikne has been selected as a Switzer Fellow and has also received a Hardman Native Plant Award in Botany!

    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".