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Professor Tom Smith featured in the UCLA Newsroom

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Professor Peggy Fong featured in UCLA Newsroom

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EEB Graduate Student, Mark Phuong, is selected as a STEM CHateaubriand Fellow

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Professor Phil Rundel featured in the UCLA Newsroom

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Professor Peggy Fong wins William A. Niering Outstanding Educator Award

The Coastal Estuarine Research Federation (CERF) is a national association that promotes research and public policy objectives in nearshore ecosystems. Since 2001, CERF has recognized leaders in estuarine education excellence with the William A. Niering Outstanding Educator Award. The award was named after Niering who was a pioneer in wetlands ecology and tirelessly supported businesses and educators who promoted practices that protected coastal ecosystems. Peggy Fong is a world famous leader in estuarine ecology and unquestionably effervescent when discussing her research. Her enthusiasm and approachability opened the gate for many undergraduate and graduate students to pursue careers in coastal and estuarine science. The nomination process involves the submission of a letter outlining her distinguished scientific career and notable achievements as an educator in ecology. The nomination was supported by two letters from her colleagues and four from current or past students. In reading the submissions, it is clear that Peggy not only brings a high standard of excellence to our field but her passion for research inspires other young researchers to follow in her footsteps. That is why Peggy Fong was an undeniable candidate for the William A. Niering Outstanding Educator Award to be presented in Portland, Oregon this November.


Professor Brad Shaffer receives the Meritorious Teaching Award in Herpetology

Professor Brad Shaffer is the 2015 recipient of the Meritorious Teaching Award in Herpetology. Award was received during the annual meeting of the Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles (SSAR). Co-sponsored by the American Society of Ichthyologists & Herpetologists, the Herpetologists' League, and SSAR. The Herpetology Education Committee selects a yearly recipient that "recognizes superior teaching effectiveness and mentoring of students in the area of herpetology, and provides student members of the North American herpetological societies the opportunity to honor individuals who have made significant contributions to herpetological education, in either the classroom or mentoring student research endeavors."

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Professors Robert Wayne, Blaire Van Valkenburgh, John Pollinger, and former Post Doc Klaus-Peter Koepfli featured in the UCLA newsroom

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Congratulations to Brenton Spies of the Jacobs Lab

The Jacobs lab is pleased to announce three years of graduate student support for Brenton Spies from the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) to study metapopulation persistence in the endangered Tidewater Goby.


Professor Glen MacDonald Elected a fellow of the American Geophysical Union

Professor Glen MacDonald has been elected to the Class of 2015 Fellow of the American Geophysical Union (AGU). According to the AGU –“Being elected a Union Fellow is a tribute to those AGU members who have made exceptional contributions to Earth and space sciences as valued by their peers and vetted by section and focus group committees. This honor is bestowed on only 0.1% of the membership in any given year. We look forward to celebrating their breakthrough achievements and exceptional work at the annual Honors Ceremony and Banquet to be held on 16 December at the 2015 AGU Fall Meeting in San Francisco.”

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Professor Dan Blumstein Featured on Atlas Obscura

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