EEB Ph.D. Candidate, Tina Del Carpio, named a 2021 Taylor M. Brown Award Recipient

The Taylor M. Brown Memorial Award was established in honor of biosciences graduate student Taylor M. Brown. Taylor was a long-standing and vibrant member of the UCLA community. As a UCLA undergraduate, she majored in Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics, receiving her B.S. in 2015. She then joined the Immunity, Microbes, and Molecular Pathogenesis Home Area in the Molecular Biology Ph.D. program, where she pursued her interest in understanding host-pathogen interactions. Taylor was deeply committed to increasing diversity in the biosciences, serving as an active member of the Association for Multi-Ethnic Bioscientists’ Advancement (AMEBA) and the UCLA SACNAS Chapter (SACNAS@UCLA). She was passionate about teaching, mentoring, and outreach. Her kindness and compassion made a lasting and widespread impact on the UCLA biosciences community. Taylor’s many accomplishments, her promise as a scientist, and her strong dedication to diversifying the biosciences were recognized by her selection in 2018 as a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Gilliam Fellow.

The Taylor M. Brown Award recognizes exceptional Ph.D. students in the biosciences who reflect the characteristics that made Taylor such a special member of the UCLA community. The awardees are well-rounded, with strong interpersonal skills and broad interests, and are passionate about mentorship, leadership, teaching, and science. They are highly engaged with the UCLA biosciences community and have a powerful commitment to increasing diversity in the biosciences.

Tina Del Carpio and Kimberly Martin are named the 2021 awardees of this memorial award.

Tina Del Carpio is a Ph.D. candidate in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology in the lab of Dr. Kirk Lohmueller. Tina's thesis research is focused on investigating recombination rates in dogs and wolves, and also on investigating the impact of the Competitive Edge program on graduate education. Tina is a passionate advocate for mental health and the founding member of the UCLA EEB Mental Health Working Group. They have contributed to training session for the EEB Department on supporting trans and non-binary students, were a member of the EEB Antiracisim Task Force, and have participated in numerous career and mental health panels for undergraduate and graduate students. Tina is an NSF Graduate Research Fellow, a former NHGRI T32 Predoctoral Fellow, and a recipient of a 2021 UCLA EEB Special Faculty Award for Departmental Service.

Distinguished Research Professor Blaire Van Valkenburgh's 2021 recipient of the Romer-Simpson Medal from the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology is featured in the UCLA Newsroom

Distinguished Research Professor Blaire Van Valkenburgh is the 2021 recipient of the Romer-Simpson Medal from the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology, “Lifetime achievement in the field of vertebrate paleontology”. This honor is featured in the UCLA Newsroom.

Distinguished Research Professor Peter Narins' Silver Medal in Animal Bioacoustics from the Acoustical Society of America is featured in the UCLA Newsroom.

Distinguished Research Professor Peter Narins' Silver Medal in Animal Bioacoustics from the Acoustical Society of America is featured in the UCLA Newsroom. For the full article, please visit UCLA Newsroom.

EEB Professor, Nandita Garud, recognized for her research on gut microbiome

Nandita Garud, assistant professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, has been named a 2021-2022 UCLA Hellman fellow and is a recipient of a microbiome, neurobiology and disease award from Scialog. Both distinctions recognize Garud for her research on methods of quantifying genomic data in the microbiome.

For more information, please visit UCLA Newsroom.

Rising EEB 2nd-year PhD student Ben Tonelli was awarded an AOS Council Award at the 2021 American Ornithological Society Conference

Rising EEB 2nd-year PhD student Ben Tonelli was awarded an AOS Council Award at the 2021 American Ornithological Society Conference for the “best presentation on any topic in ornithology.” His award-winning talk was titled, "Geomagnetic disturbance associated with vagrancy in migrating landbirds."

For more information about the award, please visit American Ornithological Society Presentation Awards.

Distinguished Research Professor Blaire Van Valkenburgh is the 2021 recipient of the Romer-Simpson Medal from the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology, for Lifetime achievement in the field of vertebrate paleontology

Distinguished Research Professor Blaire Van Valkenburgh is the 2021 recipient of the Romer-Simpson Medal from the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology, “Lifetime achievement in the field of vertebrate paleontology”

Further quoting the Society’s Web site , "The A.S. Romer - G.G. Simpson medal, the society’s highest award, is awarded for sustained and outstanding scholarly excellence in the discipline of Vertebrate Paleontology.”

Coming full circle, the first of these awards was given in 1987 to Everett C. Olson, a professor in the UCLA Dept. of Biology.

For more information on the awards, please visit The Society of Vertebrate Paleontology.

Distinguished Research Professor Peter Narins Receives the Silver Medal in Animal Bioacoustics from the Acoustical Society of America

Distinguished Research Professor Peter Narins Receives the Silver Medal in Animal Bioacoustics from the Acoustical Society of America. This is only the 4th silver medal ever given in Animal Bioacoustics and the first since 2012.

For more information, please visit the ASA.

For the article in the UCLA Newsroom, please visit here.

EEB PhD student, Watcharapong Hongjamrassilp, Receives an Honorable Mention in the Allee Best Student Talk Competition at the 2021 Animal Behavior Society Meeting

The Warder Clyde Allee Session for Best Student Paper Competition is held each year during the annual meeting of the Animal Behavior Society. The 58th Annual Conference of the Animal Behavior Society was held recently from August 3-6th, 2021.

EEB PhD student, Watcharapong Hongjamrassilp, receives an Honorable mention during this year's meeting for his paper and presentation, "Studying migratory behavior in parading shrimps to inform conservation and ecotourism management". For more information on the Warder Clyde Allee Competition, please visit here.

Professor Dan Blumstein Awarded the Animal Behavior Society’s 2021 Richard Buchholz Conservation Behavior Award

The Animal Behavior Society Conservation Committee established the Richard Buchholz Conservation Behavior Award in 2020. The award recognizes ABS members for their outstanding contributions to the integrative field of Conservation Behavior. The award was named to honor Richard Buchholz for his foundational and continuing work in integrating the fields of animal behavior and conservation biology. One recipient is selected annually and presented with a plaque at the ABS Awards Ceremony.

UCLA EEB's own, Professor Dan Blumstein, receives only the second allocation of this award.

For more information about the award, please visit the Animal Behavior Society webpage .

Professor Pamela Yeh Name one of five professors to receive the 2021 Chancellor’s Award for Community-Engaged Research

Five UCLA faculty members will create dynamic new courses for undergraduates thanks to the third annual Chancellor’s Award for Community-Engaged Research. The awards program, supported by the UCLA Center for Community Engagement and the Chancellor’s Office, provides recipients with individual grants of $10,000 for their projects.

Our very own Professor Pamela Yeh was named one of the five to receive a 2021 Chancellor's Award for Community-Engaged Research.

For more information on the award, please visit UCLA Newsroom.

Scientists create genetic library for mega-ecosystem in Pacific Ocean

UCLA ecologist Paul Barber and colleagues from UCLA and three other institutions have created a library of DNA “barcodes” that identify 605 species in the California Current, including 275 that had not previously been catalogued. The database covers about 70% of all animals that live there, including 99.9% of monitored species that are important to conservation and fisheries. The research is published today in Molecular Ecology Resources.

More information about the study can be found in the UCLA Newsroom.

The Crested Butte News reports on a "very social" marmot that makes her way to Arizona and back home to Gothic, Colorado

The Crested Butte News reports on a very social marmot that makes her way to Arizona and back home to Gothic, Colorado. Professor Dan Blumstein, marmot momager of the project at the Rocky Mountain Biologial Laboratory, provides information on Fork Kardashian and her recent travels.

Professor Nandita Garud Named a 2021-2022 Hellman Fellow

In early 2020, the Hellman Fellows Fund provided an endowment to UCLA to establish the UCLA Society of Hellman Fellows (formerly known as the UCLA Hellman Fellows Program). The UCLA Society of Hellman Fellows will continue to provide support and encouragement for the research of promising Assistant Professors who show capacity for great distinction in their research in the UCLA College of Letters and Science and the Professional Schools (excluding the School of Medicine and the School of Dentistry). The fellowship will support research and creative activities that promote career advancement and enhance the individual’s progress toward tenure.

Our very own EEB professor, Nandita Garud, was name a 2021-2022 Fellow.

For the full list of awardees, please visit 2021-2022 UCLA Society of Hellman Fellows

Professor Nandita Garud Receives One of Six Awards from the Inaugural Year of Scialog: Microbiome, Neurobiology and Disease

Research Corporation for Science Advancement, The Paul G. Allen Frontiers Group, and the Frederick Gardner Cottrell Foundation are announcing awards totaling $770,000 to six multidisciplinary teams from the United States and Canada in the inaugural year of Scialog: Microbiome, Neurobiology and Disease. Each of the 14 individual researchers will receive $55,000.

The initiative brought together more than 50 scientists from a variety of disciplines to propose cutting-edge research to help transform our understanding of the gut-brain axis at the chemical, microbial, and immunological level.

Our very own EEB Professor, Nandita Garud, along with Will Ludington from the Carnegie Institution was awarded one of the six awards.

For more information on this inaugural year, please visit Six Projects Win Funding in 1st year of Scialog: Microbiome, Neurobiology and Disease".

UCLA Congo Basin Institute receives community engagement award

The UCLA Congo Basin Institute (CBI) received one of four 2021 W.K. Kellogg Foundation Engagement Scholarship Awards. This prestigious national award recognizes programs that have an exemplary record of productively engaging with communities through their teaching, research and service activities, putting knowledge and skills to work on today’s most critical problems. This award is particularly significant as it acknowledges UCLA’s commitment to community-engaged scholarship both in the region of Los Angeles and beyond, extending to sustained and reciprocal relationships with global communities and institutions.

“This just further shows that UCLA is committed to serving the community, not just on campus, but around the world,” said Tom Smith, founder and co-executive director of the institute.

To read more about the news story, please visit the UCLA Newsroom.

EEB Graduate Student, Benjamin Hà, Receives 2021 Life Sciences Excellence Award, Inclusive Excellence Award for Efforts to Promote Diversity

EEB Graduate Student, Benjamin Hà, Receives 2021 Life Sciences Excellence Award, Excellence in Promotion of Diversity & Inclusion, Inclusive Excellence Award for Efforts to Promote Diversity-PhD candidate. For more information on the 2021 Life Sciences Excellence Awards .

Professor Alison Lipman Awarded the 2021 Division of Life Sciences Excellence in Education Innovation Award

Professor Alison Lipman Awarded the 2021 Division of Life Sciences Excellence in Education Innovation Award-Lecturer, Academic Administrator or Academic Coordinator. For more information on the 2021 Life Sciences Excellence Awards .

Professor Paul Barber's Class of Undergraduates Publish Paper About Remote Learning Disparities

Undergraduates publish paper about remote learning disparities
Students in EEB Professor Paul Barber’s class studied how the pandemic affected their peers experiences with remote instruction. “One staggering statistic we found was that technology limited the ability to engage in remote instruction for 42% of first-generation and 36.6% of underrepresented minority students.

EEB Graduate Student, Fernando Postigo, Receives Best Poster Award at the Southern California Society of Parasitlogists Annual Meeting

EEB Graduate Student, Fernando Postigo of the Buth lab has received the Best Poster Award for his presentation at the annual meeting of the Southern California Society of Parasitologists.

Professor Morgan Tingley and Postdoc Casey Youngflesh's Recent Nature Publication is Featured in the UCLA Newsroom

Professor Morgan Tingley and Postdoc Casey Youngflesh's recent publication in Nature,"Migratory strategy drives species-level variation in bird sensitivity to vegetation green-up", is featured in the UCLA Newsroom.

Several Department Graduate Students receive 2021 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program Awards and Honorable Mentions

The National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) helps ensure the vitality of the human resource base of science and engineering in the United States and reinforces its diversity. The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based master’s and doctoral degrees at accredited United States institutions.

As the oldest graduate fellowship of its kind, the GRFP has a long history of selecting recipients who achieve high levels of success in their future academic and professional careers. The reputation of the GRFP follows recipients and often helps them become life-long leaders that contribute significantly to both scientific innovation and teaching.

This year, several of EEB's graduate students, both current and incoming, have been named among awardees and honorable mentions:

Current students
Alejandra Gamboa (Pinter-Wollman lab) – awardee
Conner Philson (Blumstein lab) – Honorable Mention
Shawn Schwartz (Alfaro) – Honorable Mention
Ricky Wolff (Garud lab) – Honorable Mention
Maddie Zuercher (Grether & Shier lab) – Honorable Mention

Incoming students
Joanna Wu (Tingley lab) – awardee
Cynthia Frausto (Nonacs lab) – Honorable Mention

For more information on the fellowship, please visit NSF GRFP. For the full list of awardees and honorable mentions, please visit here.

Professor Victoria Sork Elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Eight faculty members from UCLA were elected today to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, one of the nation’s most prestigious honorary societies. One of the eight is EEB's own, Professor Victoria Sork.

A total of 252 artists, scholars, scientists and leaders in the public, nonprofit and private sectors were elected to the academy today, including honorary members from 17 countries.

For more information on the newly elected members, please visit UCLA Newsroom or University of California.

Professor Brenda Larison Interviewed on The Current

Professor Brenda Larison Interviewed on The Current, "Why human activity might be making the zebra lose its stripe‪s‬".
Professor Larison started noticing more zebras with aberrations in their coats: beige splotches, uneven stripe patterns so she started digging, and learned that humans might be partially responsible. She tells The Current more on the topic.

New publication in Nature by PhD student Alec Baird and Professor Lawren Sack provides insights to improve grass crop design and more accurately model the effects of climate change

Professor Lawren Sack and his lab's recent Nature publication provides insights that scientists could use not only to improve crop design but also to more accurately model the effects of climate change.

Professor Sack and PhD student, Alec Baird provide more details in the UCLA Newsroom, "Size of grass blades offers better understanding of their vulnerability to climate change".

Other news avenues have also highlighted the recent publication: Phys.org, Eurekalert, Florida News Times, Science News Daily, AZO Life Sciences , Public News, and Teknodate.

Professor Dan Blumstein's Recent co-authored publication continues to gain notoriety in other news avenues

E Magazine/The Environmental Magazine and The New Republic reports on Professor Dan Blumstein's recent co-authored publication on the urgent state-of-the-planet research.

EEB PhD Student, Gabriella Pinho, from the Blumstein and Wayne labs, featured on The New Scientist

EEB PhD Student Gabriella Pinho's recent work on epigenetic aging during hibernation is featured on The New Scientist. She was also briefly interviewed by KCBS.

Recent EEB Ph.D. student, Dan Cooper, of the Yeh/Blumstein labs featured on Alta

Recent EEB Ph.D. student, Dan Cooper, of the Yeh/Blumstein labs featured on Alta, live interview with the author and a written news piece.

Professor Brad Shaffer Featured in the UCLA Newsroom in Regards to Research Recently Published in PNAS

Professor Brad Shaffer featured in the UCLA Newsroom in regards to research recently published in PNAS.

Professor Nandita Garud Featured in the UCLA Newsroom

Professor Nandita Garud featured in the UCLA Newsroom in regards to her recent awarding of the Paul Allen Distinguished Investigator award.

For the full article, please visit UCLA Newsroom.

Professor Lawren Sack Provides Professorial commentary on the Daily Bruin, "Wellness from Home: Students find solace in caring for plants to help overcome stresses of pandemic"

Professor Lawren Sack Provides Professorial commentary on the Daily Bruin "Wellness from Home: Students find solace in caring for plants to help overcome stresses of pandemic".

Professor Nandita Garud named a 2021 Allen Distinguished Investigator

NEW ALLEN DISTINGUISHED INVESTIGATORS WILL TACKLE UNANSWERED QUESTIONS
ABOUT METABOLISM AND THE IMMUNE SYSTEM

Awards announced today by The Paul G. Allen Frontiers Group will fund research in health, disease, and
technology development all centered on the emerging field of immunometabolism

SEATTLE — Feb. 3, 2021 — Just like us, immune cells need fuel to do their jobs. Despite the tight links between
human health — including our immunity — and how our bodies process what we eat, the intersection of
immunology and metabolism remains a poorly understood area of human biology.
New awards announced today by The Paul G. Allen Frontiers Group, a division of the Allen Institute, aim to
improve that understanding by supporting four research projects in the emerging field of immunometabolism.
The projects, which are led by 10 new Allen Distinguished Investigators working in teams of two or three lead
investigators per award, will explore new avenues of basic biology, health, disease, and technology
development, all focused on unanswered questions about how the immune system and metabolism work
together.

In recent years, as Frontiers Group staff met with scientific experts to identify future areas of interest, the topic
of metabolism and its intersection with the immune system kept coming up, said Frontiers Group Director Kathy
Richmond, Ph.D., M.B.A. As they delved into the unknowns, Richmond and her team realized that any
significant progress in these areas could improve human health.
“In so many diseases, a tipping point is reached where entire systems in our bodies are thrown off balance.
Studying the complex and fascinating interactions between the immune system and energy metabolism will
give us a better understanding of what it means to be healthy and how it might be possible to return those
systems to balance after damage or disease,” Richmond said. “The innovative and pioneering visions of these
four teams of Allen Distinguished Investigators span a variety of approaches to tackle this exciting area of
biomedical research.”

Each award confers $1.5 million in funding over three years for a total of $6 million awarded for
immunometabolism research. The Frontiers Group, founded by the late philanthropist Paul G. Allen in 2016,
recommends funding from the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation to researchers around the world whose work
has the potential to accelerate scientific discoveries or launch entirely new avenues of exploration. The Allen
Distinguished Investigator program was launched in 2010 by Allen to back creative, early-stage research
projects in biology and medical research that would not otherwise be supported by traditional research funding
programs. Including the 10 new investigators announced today, a total of 92 Allen Distinguished Investigators
have been appointed.
The four new research projects include research on human disease, basic biology of the mammalian immune
system, and technology development that could impact many areas of immunology and metabolism research.

“The whole field of immunometabolism is relatively new, and it’s a great time to be studying this area because
there are also new technologies that allow for exploration of metabolic processes within cells and tissues,” said
Dan Littman , M.D., Ph.D., a professor of immunology and microbiology at NYU Langone Health. “It’s an exciting
and emerging area, and there aren’t many other avenues for funding immunometabolism research as of yet.”

Meet the new Allen Distinguished Investigators

Will Bailis, Ph.D.
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Chris Bennett, M.D.
University of Pennsylvania
Ruaidhrí Jackson, Ph.D.
Harvard University

All of us are made up of trillions of cells, yet it is unclear how these cells simultaneously behave as individuals
and as part of a collective that makes up who we are. Drs. Will Bailis, Chris Bennett and Ruaidhrí Jackson are
leading a project to better understand the many links between immunity and metabolism at the scale of
individual cells, organs and the entire body. These inextricable links — how our diet affects our immune
system, and how our immune cells in turn change metabolism — tie into all aspects of human health and
disease, including cancer, diabetes and heart disease. Using laboratory mice, the researchers will study how
an animal’s food affects energy production inside immune cells by genetically engineering those cells to
“ignore” changes in diet. In tandem, they will study how one particular type of immune cell, known as tissue
resident macrophages, uses metabolism to govern not only its own cellular function, but the function of
tissues and the entire body.

Aida Habtezion, MD, MSc.
Stanford University
Nandita Garud, Ph.D., MS.
University of California, Los Angeles
Carolina Tropini, Ph.D.
University of British Columbia

Inflammatory bowel disease, or IBD, is a class of immune diseases that stem from chronic inflammation in the
intestines. Patients with IBD have widely varied symptoms and responses to treatment which can’t be fully
explained by human genetics. Drs. Aida Habtezion, Nandita Garud and Carolina Tropini are leading a project
to explore how patients’ immune responses, metabolism, gut microbiomes and environments may contribute
to that variability, using a registry of hundreds of IBD patient volunteers. Better understanding the details of
variation between patients, and the reasons behind that diversity, could lead to better, more tailored
treatments for this class of often crippling illnesses.

Russell Jones, Ph.D.
Van Andel Institute
Yasmine Belkaid, Ph.D.
National Institute for Allergies and Infectious Disease

Like all cells, our immune cells need energy from the food we eat to do their jobs. Drs. Russell Jones and
Yasmine Belkaid have recently found that T cells, an important type of immune cell that surveys the body and
detects and eliminates infected cells, use multiple kinds of fuel when they are working their hardest. Now, they
are leading a project to better understand T cells’ preferred fuel sources, uncovering which types of T-cell
metabolism are needed for optimal infection-fighting and which types might lead to immune dysfunction.
Jennifer Prescher, Ph.D.
Michelle Digman, Ph.D.
University of California, Irvine

To better understand the immune system and how it dovetails with metabolism, researchers need better
toolkits to track and manipulate multiple kinds of cells and molecules at once, over time, in a living animal.

Drs. Jennifer Prescher and Michelle Digman are leading the development of a new technique to shine
“biological flashlights” on many different immune- and metabolism-related molecules at the same time. The
technique, which they dub bioluminescent phasor, will ultimately yield a large toolkit of optical tags that can
light up multiple processes or proteins in the laboratory mouse’s immune system at once. Once complete, the
toolkit would be available for any research lab to use, opening new avenues for discoveries about the immune
system and its relationship to our diet.

About The Paul G. Allen Frontiers Group
The Paul G. Allen Frontiers Group, a division of the Allen Institute, is dedicated to exploring the landscape of
bioscience to identify and foster ideas that will change the world. The Frontiers Group recommends funding
through award mechanisms to accelerate our understanding of biology, including: Allen Discovery Centers at
partner institutions for leadership-driven, compass-guided research; and Allen Distinguished
Investigators for frontier explorations with exceptional creativity and potential impact. The Paul G. Allen
Frontiers Group was founded in 2016 by the late philanthropist and visionary Paul G. Allen. For more
information, visit allenfrontiersgroup.org.

About the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation
For more than four decades the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation has focused on changing the trajectory of
some of the world's toughest problems. Founded by philanthropists Jody Allen and the late Paul G. Allen, cofounder
of Microsoft, the Foundation initially invested in community needs across the Pacific Northwest with a
focus on regional arts, under-served populations, and the environment. Today, the Foundation supports a
global portfolio of frontline partners working to preserve ocean health, protect wildlife, combat climate change,
and strengthen communities. The Foundation invests in grantees to leverage technology, fill data and science
gaps, and drive positive public policy to advance knowledge and enable lasting change.

Professor Tom Smith and Ph.D. student Kelly Barr are featured in a new National Geographic film on the Bird Genoscape Project

Professor Tom Smith and Ph.D. student Kelly Barr are featured in a new National Geographic film on the Bird Genoscape Project.

Billions of birds migrate annually across the Western Hemisphere… but if we don’t know where they go when they leave their breeding grounds, how can we protect them? By extracting DNA from individual feathers (and borrowing cutting-edge technology from the Human Genome Project) scientists can map bird migration with greater precision than ever before. The result is the Bird Genoscape Project, and it’s revolutionizing bird conservation by connecting migratory birds – and the people who care about them – across the Americas. This work was funded by the National Geographic Society.

National Geographic film - Feathers in Flight: The Bird Genoscape Project
Bird Genoscape Project video - How to make a Genoscape

Professor Van Savage Interviewed on Radio New Zealand in regards to his recent co-authored study on sleep and brain research.

Professor Van Savage Interviewed on Radio New Zealand in regards to his recent co-authored study on sleep and brain research.

Professor Brenda Larison featured in National Geographic

Professor Brenda Larison featured in National Geographic, "Spotted and oddly striped zebras may be a warning for species’ future".

Professors Blaire Van Valkenburgh and Robert Wayne, along with Postdoctoral Scholar, Alice Mouton's Recent Co-Authored Publication are Being Featured on Several News Avenues

Professors Blaire Van Valkenburgh and Robert Wayne, along with Postdoctoral Scholar, Alice Mouton's recent co-authored publication are being featured on several news avenues:
NY Times
Daily Mail
Barron's
The Conversation
Phys.org
NBC News
SCIENCE
MSN
UCLA Newsroom
Cosmos Magazine
The National
Sci Tech Daily
La Vanguardia
Sci News

Professor Dan Blumstein's' Recently Co-Authored Published Work Featured in Several News Avenues

Professor Dan Blumstein's' Recently Co-Authored Published Work in Frontiers in Conservation Science is featured in several news avenues:
The Guardian
The Conversation
Yahoo News
Common Dreams
EcoWatch
CTV News
Jerusalem Post
Xinhua.net
MSN News-The Guardian
My News LA
Reuters
MSN-Reuters
KNX 1070 Radio News
CNN
Taipei Times
Irish Times
1 News
Eurekalert
International Business Times
Sci Tech Daily
UCLA Newsroom
Spectrum News 1-city News service story
Spectrum Report-from CNN
News Hub
Science Codex
Impakter
University of California

Professor Van Savage's Co-Authored Publication Named one of UCLA's Top News Stories of 2020

Professor Van Savage's Co-Authored Publication with UCLA's Department of Integrative Biology and Physiology Professor Gina Poe in Science Advances is named one of UCLA's Top News Stories of 2020.

EEB Ph.D. student, Watcharapong Hongjamrassilp from the Blumstein lab featured in the Smithsonian Magazine

EEB Ph.D. student, Watcharapong Hongjamrassilp from the Blumstein lab featured in the Smithsonian Magazine.

EEB Ph.D. student, Watcharapong Hongjamrassilp's research featured in National Geographic

EEB Ph.D. student, Watcharapong Hongjamrassilp's research featured in National Geographic.

Professor Brad Shaffer's latest co-authored Publication in SCIENCE Continues to Trend on Multiple News Avenues

Professor Brad Shaffer's latest co-authored Publication in SCIENCE with previous postdoctoral scholar, Peter Scott, continues to trend on multiple news avenues:
KPCC November 27, KPCC November 30th, KFI online, My News LA, Telemundo, UCLA IoES, and Eurekalert.

Professor Brad Shaffer's latest co-authored Publication in SCIENCE is featured on several news outlets

Professor Brad Shaffer's latest co-authored Publication in SCIENCE with previous postdoctoral scholar, Peter Scott, is featured on several news outlets: UCLA Newsroom, KPCC, LAist, NBC Los Angeles , and Environmental News Network.

Professor Karen Sears named a 2020 fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science

The American Association for the Advancement of Science , which is the world’s largest scientific society, named our very own Professor Karen Sears a 2020 fellow. Since 1874, the AAAS, which publishes the journal Science, has chosen members for their distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications. Professor Sears is one of four UCLA faculty named this year.

For full news article, please visit UCLA Newsroom.

Professors Lawren Sack and Nathan Kraft are Named one of the World’s Most Influential Researchers according to Clarivate

Professors Lawren Sack and Nathan Kraft are named one of the 36 UCLA scientists among world’s most influential researchers. Clarivate released its annual list of the most highly cited researchers, which includes dozens of UCLA scientists across various disciplines. The list is compiled by the Institute for Scientific Information at Clarivate using data based on scholarly publication counts and citation indexes. The selected researchers wrote publications that ranked in the top 1% by citations in their field for that year, according to the Web of Science citation index.

For full article, please visit UCLA Newsroom.

Professor Morgan Tingley's Recent Co-Authored SCIENCE Publication Featured in the UCLA Newsroom

Professor Morgan Tingley's Recent Co-Authored SCIENCE Publication Featured in the UCLA Newsroom, "Wildfires should be considered a top threat to survival of species".
For full news article, UCLA Newsroom.

EEB Ph.D. student, Watcharapong Hongjamrassilp's research featured in the New York Times

EEB Ph.D. student in the Blumstein lab, Watcharapong Hongjamrassilp's research featured in the New York Times.

UCLA EEB professor Morgan Tingley and visiting graduate researcher Austin Spence were awarded the E4 Award 2020

UCLA ecology and evolutionary biology professor Morgan Tingley and visiting graduate researcher Austin Spence were awarded the Ecography Award for Excellence in Ecology and Evolution, or E4 Award, for their paper illustrating how species’ ability to adapt to climate change is limited by many factors other than climate — including oxygen, light, pressure, pH and water availability.
For a short video, please visit Youtube-"E4 award: challenge of novel abiotic conditions for species undergoing climate‐induced range shifts"
For more information, please visit UCLA IoES.

Two EEB Graduate STEM Students Recognized for their Research and Presentation Skills at 2020 SACNAS – The National Diversity in STEM Conference

Two UCLA EEB graduate students won presentation awards at the 2020 meeting of the Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS). Yeraldi Loera of the Campbell-Staton lab won a presentation award in the field of Life Sciences, Biology (general), and Benjamin Hà of the Jacobs lab won a presentation award in the field of Life Sciences, Ecology/Evolutionary Biology. For more information please visit SACNAS.

Undergraduate Student, Cyndi Frausto, Mentored by Professor Peter Nonacs, receives a 2020 UCNRS Field Science Fellowship

Undergraduate Student, Cyndi Frausto, Mentored by Professor Peter Nonacs, receives a 2020 University of California National Reserve System (UCNRS) Field Science Fellowship.  The NRS Field Science Fellowship provides financial support to UC undergraduate-faculty teams conducting scientific research in the field at NRS reserves. The fellowships enable students to focus on gaining valuable hands-on research experience under the guidance of a faculty researcher. Each $6,000 award consists of a $5,000 student stipend and $1,000 to cover project costs.

Cynthia Frausto researched how personality and cortisol levels affect learning in ground squirrels at the UC Natural Reserve System’s James San Jacinto Mountains Reserve for her 2020 NRS Field Science Fellowship.

For more information, please visit here.

Professor Van Savages Joint Sleep Research Continues to gain traction in other news avenues

Professor Van Savages Joint Research Continues to gain traction in other news avenues:

New Hampshire Union Leader, "If you do not snooze, you lose; sleep essential to brain health"

Taipei News, "If you do not snooze you lose: sleep is essential for the brain"

Professor Tom Smith moderates World War Zero biodiversity discussion

Professor Tom Smith moderated a World War Zero (WW0) Facebook Live discussion on biodiversity with:
Dr. Kristen Ruegg (Assistant Professor, Colorado State University; Assistant Adjunct Professor, UCLA IoES; Co-Director, Center for Tropical Research’s Bird Genoscape Project), Dr. Rachael Bay (Assistant Professor, UC Davis)

Conversation focused on how healthy ecosystems and rich biodiversity are fundamental to life on our planet

Congo Basin Institute (CBI) Receives Grant to build a CBI Distant Learning Center on the campus of IITA in Yaoundé

The UCLA Congo Basin Institute (CBI) recently received a grant from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to support the building of a Distance Learning and Training Center on the campus of the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture in Yaoundé, Cameroon. The Distance Learning and Training Center (DLTC), designed as a green facility by Gensler, will be a state of the art physical home for CBI and includes an energy-efficient conference center and guest house built using locally sourced materials. The DLTC will expand the educational and research offerings available to African and American scholars and government officials and will provide a forum to foster collaboration between educators, researchers, and students. African and American students will learn side by side and use state of the art geographic information systems (GIS) and remote sensing technology to directly address the critical needs of the Congo Basin, including food and water security, climate change and threats to biodiversity and human health. By incorporating virtual/distance learning and hands-on/experiential platforms, these facilities will provide technological and educational capacity that is lacking locally and regionally. CBI is a partnership between UCLA and the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture focused on improving scientific training in Central Africa. USAID is one of the world's largest international development agencies.

For more information on the plans, please check out Gensler's webpage.

EEB PhD student of the Barber lab, Candice Cross Interviewed on her latest project on "Generation Genius"

A former Biochem PhD student at UCLA, Dr. Jeff Vinokur, developed a project called Generation Genius with the National Science Teaching Association, creating videos that go out to 1million k-8 students.  

EEB PhD student, Candice Cross was Interviewed on her latest project on Generation Genius' "Lab Report with Dr. Jeff"

Check her out on the lab report (5:23) talking about Marine Biology.

Professor Paul Barber named a 2020 Academy Fellow by the California Academy of Sciences

California Academy of Sciences welcomes new Fellows,
bestows annual awards
Virtual award ceremony to take place on October 13, 2020

SAN FRANCISCO (October 9, 2020) – The California Academy of Sciences is pleased to announce that 14 new members will join the ranks of the Academy Fellows, a governing group of more than 450 distinguished scientists and other leaders who have made notable contributions to science or science education and communication. Nominated by their colleagues and selected by the Board of Trustees, the Academy Fellows are partners and collaborators in the pursuit of the Academy mission to explore, explain, and sustain life. The new members will be inducted during the Fellowship's next virtual meeting on October 13, 2020. They will join such well-known Academy Fellows as Sylvia Earle, Paul Ehrlich, Jane Lubchenco, Zeray Alemseged, John McCosker, Jill Tarter, and Andrea Ghez.

During the meeting, the Fellowship will present one of its members with the Academy’s highest honor: the Fellows Medal. This honor is given to especially prominent scientists who have made outstanding contributions to their specific scientific fields. Medalists are nominated each year by the Academy Fellows and confirmed by the Board of Trustees. This year's Fellows Medal will be awarded to Dr. Elizabeth Blackburn, a molecular biologist and biochemist who has made tremendous scientific contributions to our understanding of cell division and DNA replication. She won the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine in 2009 for discovering the molecular nature of telomeres—the ends of chromosomes that serve as protective caps essential for preserving genetic information—and for co-discovering the enzyme telomerase, which maintains telomere ends. Blackburn is also a champion for diversity and inclusion in the sciences, and in 2007 was named one of TIME Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People.

The fellowship will also present the Distinguished Service Award, an honor that is given to scientists, staff, or other colleagues who have made critical contributions to the Academy itself. This year’s award recipient is James Shevock, who retired in 2009 from a career in public service with the U.S. National Forest Service and the National Park Service. He has contributed over 57,000 botanical specimens to the Academy herbarium, and has published over 150 peer-reviewed papers that help amplify the scientific impact of the Academy’s research and collections.

Brief biographies for the Fellows Medalist and Distinguished Service Awardee as well as each of the new Fellows are included below.

Recipient of the 2020 Fellows Medal

Elizabeth Blackburn, PhD
Professor Emerita
Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics
University of California, San Francisco

Throughout her long career in science, Dr. Blackburn has been a leader in researching cell division and DNA replication. She discovered the molecular nature of telomeres—the ends of eukaryotic chromosomes that serve as protective caps essential for preserving genetic information—and co-discovered the ribonucleoprotein enzyme telomerase, which maintains telomere ends. She is also known for her championing of diversity and inclusion in the sciences. Currently, Blackburn and her UCSF research team work with various cells, including human cells, with the goal of understanding telomerase and telomere biology. She and her research team also collaborate in a wide range of investigations of the roles of telomere biology in human health and diseases through clinical and other human studies.

Born in Australia, Blackburn earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Melbourne, and her PhD from the University of Cambridge in England. She was a postdoctoral fellow in the Molecular and Cellular Biology Department at Yale University. Blackburn has won many prestigious awards throughout her career including the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, the Albert Lasker Medical Research Award for Basic Medical Research, and TIME Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in 2007.

Recipient of the 2020 Distinguished Service Award

James R. Shevock, MS
Fellow and Research Associate
Department of Botany
California Academy of Sciences

Mr. Shevock was appointed as an Academy Research Associate in the botany department in 1983. He retired in 2009 from a public service career with the U.S. Forest Service and the National Park Service. He has contributed over 57,000 botanical specimens to the Academy herbarium, and focuses the majority of his research on China, Taiwan, and the Philippines. He has published over 150 peer-reviewed papers and co-authored a book titled California Mosses. Six flowers and seven mosses are named in his honor including two moss genera discovered in China: Rheoshevockia and Shevockia. Shevock has been an Academy Fellows since 2007.

New Academy Fellows

Rebecca Albright, PhD
Patterson Scholar and Assistant Curator of Invertebrate Zoology
California Academy of Sciences
Dr. Albright’s research focuses on the ability of coral reefs to cope with changing environmental conditions. She has worked in academic, government, and nonprofit settings and has studied reefs around the world, from the Florida Keys to the Great Barrier Reef. She works across scales (single cells to reef-scale) and disciplines (biology, ecology, biogeochemistry) to foster a systems-level understanding of how coral reefs will fare in today's changing world. Albright’s passion for community engagement has been fostered by years working with nonprofits and citizen science organizations focusing on educating communities about coral reef conservation and management.

Paul Barber, PhD
Professor, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
University of California, Los Angeles
Dr. Barber is a professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at UCLA. He earned a PhD in integrative biology from UC Berkeley and spent 3 years at Harvard University as an NSF postdoctoral fellow. Barber integrates genetics, genomics, ecology, and oceanography to understand the evolution and conservation of marine biodiversity. He is committed to diversifying science and is the recipient of numerous awards, including the U.S. Presidential Early Career Award for Science and Engineering, the UCLA Distinguished Teaching Award, the UCLA Diversity Equity and Inclusion Award, and the SACNAS Distinguished Student Mentor Award. In 2017, he was named an HHMI Professor.

Steven Beissinger, PhD
Professor of Ecology and Conservation Biology
Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management
University of California, Berkeley
Dr. Beissinger is professor of ecology & conservation biology at UC Berkeley, where he held the Leopold Chair in Wildlife Biology, is a research associate of the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology, and is co-director of the Berkeley Institute for Parks, People, and Biodiversity. His research centers on wildlife responses to global change and species’ extinctions. He has authored over 200 scientific publications and edited three books. Beissinger is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Ecological Society of America, Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin, and American Ornithological Society, which recognized his research with the William Brewster Memorial Award.

Troy Daniels, DDS
Professor Emeritus, Orofacial Sciences, School of Dentistry
University of California, San Francisco
Dr. Daniels is a San Francisco native, graduating from the UCSF School of Dentistry in 1967. He then completed a U.S. Public Health Service Internship in New Orleans and served in Alaska, providing dental care in Nome and surrounding native villages. In 1973, after completing a National Cancer Institute Fellowship, he joined the UCSF faculty with NIH-supported research and a joint appointment at the UCSF School of Medicine. Until retirement a few years ago, his work focused on both oral cancer and Sjogren’s syndrome, a systemic autoimmune disease affecting the mouth.

Robert Dudley, PhD
Chair and Professor, Integrative Biology
University of California, Berkeley
Dr. Dudley was an undergraduate at Duke University and a Marshall Scholar at the University of Cambridge, from which he received a PhD in zoology in 1987. He then lived on Barro Colorado Island in Panama for five years studying butterfly flight physiology, and since then has held faculty appointments first at the University of Texas, Austin, and currently at UC Berkeley. His research interests lie in insect flight biomechanics, comparative physiology, and the evolutionary origins of human alcoholism in primate frugivory.

Corey Garza, PhD
Professor of Marine Science, School of Natural Sciences
California State University, Monterey Bay
Dr. Garza is a professor of marine science at California State University, Monterey Bay (CSUMB). He researches the use of drones and GIS to study patterns of species distribution in marine systems. He is the director for the Coastal and Marine Ecosystems Program, an NSF- and NOAA-funded program that coordinates multiple research and training programs at CSUMB. He is also actively advancing underrepresented groups in science. Garza serves on the National Board of Directors for SACNAS (Advancing Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science) and the Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Committee for the American Geophysical Union.

Adam Gazzaley, MD, PhD
Founder and Executive Director, Neuroscape
David Dolby Distinguished Professor, Neurology, Physiology, and Psychiatry
University of California, San Francisco
Dr. Gazzaley is the David Dolby Distinguished Professor of Neurology, Physiology, and Psychiatry at UCSF, and the founder and executive director of Neuroscape at UCSF. Gazzaley is co-founder and Chief Science Advisor of Akili Interactive, Sensync, and JAZZ Venture Partners. He has filed multiple patents, authored over 140 scientific articles, and delivered over 675 invited presentations around the world.

Mandë Holford, PhD
Associate Professor, Chemistry
Hunter College
Dr. Holford is an associate professor in chemistry at Hunter College and CUNY-Graduate Center, with scientific appointments at the American Museum of Natural History and Weill Cornell Medicine. Her research, from mollusks to medicine, examines venoms and venomous animals as agents of change and innovation in evolution and in manipulating cellular physiology in pain and cancer. She is active in science education, advancing the public understanding of science, and science diplomacy. She co-founded Killer Snails, an award-winning EdTech learning games company. Honors include a 2020 Sustainability Pioneer by the World Economic Forum, Breakthrough Women in Science by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and NPR’s Science Friday, and Wings WorldQuest Women of Discovery Fellow. Her PhD is from The Rockefeller University.

Jeff Koseff, PhD
William Alden Campbell and Martha Campbell Professor, School of Engineering and Senior Fellow, Woods Institute for the Environment
Stanford University
Dr. Koseff joined the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) in 1984 and served as the founding Perry L. McCarty Director of the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment from 2003 to 2016. Koseff's research in environmental fluid mechanics focuses on the interaction between physical and biological systems in natural aquatic environments. Appointed Chair of CEE in 1995, he assumed the role of Senior Associate Dean of the School of Engineering from 1999 to 2002. He is the recipient of seven teaching awards from Stanford, became a Fellow of the American Physical Society in 2015, and received the Richard W. Lyman Award from Stanford University the same year.

Mary McGann, PhD
Research Scientist, Micropaleontology
U.S. Geological Survey
Dr. McGann is a marine microbiologist/ micropaleontologist at the U.S. Geological Survey. Her recent scientific investigations have focused on diverse topics, among them contaminants and ecosystem health, mechanisms and impact of invasive species introductions, sediment transport in estuarine and marine realms, marine geohazards (faulting, landslides, paleo tsunamis, and methane seeps), global climate change (using both foraminifera and palynology), archaeology, whale falls, biodiversity, radiocarbon dating, defining biostratigraphic markers of the Anthropocene, and using molecular sequencing in biological identifications. Her investigations in the U.S. and abroad have furthered our understanding of the natural variability of earth processes and anthropogenic impacts on these systems.

Isabel Montañez, PhD
Distinguished Professor, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences
University of California, Davis
Dr. Montañez is a University Distinguished Professor and Chancellor’s Leadership Professor in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, University of California, Davis. Montañez is a paleoclimatologist whose research focuses on geologic archives of past atmospheric gas and ocean geochemical compositions and their linkages to climate and ecosystem changes. She received her PhD from Virginia Polytechnic Institute in 1990 and has received several awards, including the James Lee Wilson Medal for Excellence by a Young Scientist, the Laurence L. Sloss Award from the Geological Society of America, and the Jean-Baptiste Lamarck Medal from the European Geosciences Union. She is a Fellow of several professional societies and a past Fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. She served as President of the Geological Society of America from 2017 to 2018.

Ana Christina Ravelo, PhD
Professor, Physical and Biological Sciences, Ocean Sciences, Institute of Marine Sciences
University of California, Santa Cruz
Dr. Ravelo received a BS in geology and a BA in anthropology from Stanford University and an MS and PhD from Columbia University. She is currently a professor of ocean sciences at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Her research focuses on determining the role of ocean processes in past climate variability, including investigation of climate transitions, warm climate processes, and regional expressions of global climate change. She has held leadership roles at UCSC, the National Research Council, the National Science Foundation panels, the American Geophysical Union, and the International Ocean Discovery Program.

Dawn Summer, PhD
Professor, Earth and Planetary Sciences
University of California, Davis
Dr. Sumner earned her BS from the California Institute of Technology and PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She was a postdoctoral scholar at Caltech before joining the faculty at UC Davis in 1996. Her research focuses on Earth’s early environments and microbial ecology, emphasizing the evolution of oxygenic photosynthesis and its environmental effects. Sumner also studies microbial ecology in ice-covered Antarctic lakes as analogs for ancient life on Earth and possibly elsewhere in the solar system, specifically Mars, using data from NASA’s Curiosity rover. She is dedicated to curtailing racism in academic settings.

Noah Whiteman, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Integrative Biology
University of California, Berkeley
Dr. Whiteman is an evolutionary biologist — raised deep within Minnesota' boreal forest— whose research combines natural history with molecular biology to study co-evolution between hosts and parasites. His dissertation demonstrated how genomes of parasites can serve as evolutionary heirlooms of endangered Galápagos birds. Whiteman then studied plants as model hosts while an NIH postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University, followed by faculty appointments at the University of Arizona and the University of California, Berkeley. His team recently used CRISPR-Cas9 genome editing to retrace how the monarch butterfly evolved to resist toxic host plants. Whiteman is a 2020 Guggenheim Fellow and NIH Outstanding Investigator.

About the California Academy of Sciences
The California Academy of Sciences is a renowned scientific and educational institution dedicated to exploring, explaining and sustaining life on Earth. Based in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, it is home to a world-class aquarium, planetarium, and natural history museum, as well as innovative programs in scientific research and education—all under one living roof. When open, our hours are 9:30 am - 5:00 pm Monday - Saturday, and 11:00 am - 5:00 pm on Sunday. Admission includes all exhibits, programs, and shows. For reopening information, daily ticket prices, and to schedule your visit please go to www.calacademy.org or call (415) 379-8000 for more information.

About Research at the California Academy of Sciences
The Institute for Biodiversity Science and Sustainability at the California Academy of Sciences is at the forefront of efforts to understand two of the most important topics of our time: the nature and sustainability of life on Earth. Based in San Francisco, the Institute is home to more than 100 world-class scientists, state-of-the-art facilities, and nearly 46 million scientific specimens from around the world. The Institute also leverages the expertise and efforts of more than 100 international Associates and 450 distinguished Fellows. Through expeditions around the globe, investigations in the lab, and analysis of vast biological datasets, the Institute’s scientists work to understand the evolution and interconnectedness of organisms and ecosystems, the threats they face around the world, and the most effective strategies for sustaining them into the future. Through innovative partnerships and public engagement initiatives, they also guide critical sustainability and conservation decisions worldwide, inspire and mentor the next generation of scientists, and foster responsible stewardship of our planet.

EEB Graduate Student, Emily Ryznar, awarded a California Sea Grant 2021 Fellowship

The California Sea Grant is a collaboration of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the State of California and universities across the state to create knowledge, products and services that benefit the economy, the environment and the citizens of California. They offer fellowship opportunities in research, natural resource management, and marine policy that allow graduate students to explore their interests and broaden their experience.

We are proud to announce that Professor Peggy Fong’s Graduate Student, Emily Ryznar, was awarded a California Sea Grant 2021 Fellowship.
She will serve her 12-month fellowship with the Delta Stewardship Council.

Professor Thomas Smith Featured on World War Zero

Professor Thomas Smith wrote a second op-ed piece for World War Zero .

EEB Graduate Student, Camila Medeiros, Awarded ESA's Best Student Poster in Physiological Ecology at the Annual ESA Meeting 2020

The Ecological Society of America (ESA) Physiological Ecology Section awards the "New Phytologist Poster Award" for the best student poster presentation in the field at the ESA annual meeting. The winner at this year's virtual meeting was our own EEB student, Camila Medeiros, for her poster, " Evolution of drought tolerance across California native oaks". 

Professor Dan Blumstein and the “Tackling Prey Naivety Team” are a finalist for a 2020 Australian Museum Eureka Prize

Professor Dan Blumstein and the “Tackling Prey Naivety Team” are a finalist for a 2020 Australian Museum Eureka Prize. This team is one of three finalists for the "Applied Environmental Research" category.

The Australian Museum Eureka Prizes are the country’s most comprehensive national science awards, honoring excellence across the areas of research & innovation, leadership, science engagement, and school science.

Presented annually in partnership with some of the nation's leading scientific institutions, government organizations, universities and corporations, the Eureka Prizes raise the profile of science and science engagement in the community by celebrating outstanding achievement.

In 2020 the Australia Museum, and all of the prize partners, are excited to mark 30 years of recognizing and rewarding outstanding achievement in science.

Winners will be announced in November.

Professor Van Savage's Recent Joint Publication Continues to Trend on several News Avenues

Professor Van Savage's Recent Joint Publication with IBP Professor, Gina Poe, Continues to Trend on several News Avenues:
Science Codex
MENAFN
Global Times
Thomson Reuters Foundation News
The Straits Times
GDN Online
The Economic Times
The Jakarta Post
CTV News
NBC Los Angeles
GEN Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology News
UCLA Facebook
Science Blog
Science AAAS
Psychology Today
Live Science
AAAS
CNBC TV18
SRF
SciNews
University of California News

Professor Van Savage's Recent Publication featured in several News Avenues

Professor Van Savage's Recent Publication featured in several News Avenues:
IFL Science
SciTechDaily
Medical Xpress
Daily Mail UK
Yahoo News
Smithsonian Magazine
Reuters
New Scientist
My News LA
EurekAlert!
Cosmos
UCLA Health
MSN

Professor Van Savage featured in the UCLA Newsroom for Joint Publication in Regards to Sleep and Brain Research

EEB Professor Van Savage's joint research study with IBP Professor Gina Poe is recently featured in the UCLA Newsroom, "UCLA-led team of scientists discovers why we need sleep".

Professor Tom Smith and the Congo Basin Institute field research station Published in the latest Travel Africa Magazine

Professor Tom Smith and the Congo Basin Institute (CBI) field research station in the Cameroon rainforest Published in the latest Travel Africa Magazine
For more information on the article, please visit CBI webpage.

Professor Tom Smith featured in the September UCLA DGSOM Global Health Program Newsletter

Professor Tom Smith featured in the September UCLA DGSOM Global Health Program Newsletter in their Global Health Program (GHP) Spotlight:
"A UCLA biologist researches the connection between climate change and coronaviruses

This month we are featuring Professor Tom Smith, Founding Director of the Center for Tropical Research, Co-Director of the Congo Basin Institute, and a Professor in Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at UCLA.

As an evolutionary biologist, Professor Smith has spent the past 35 years studying tropical rainforests worldwide. His work includes how biodiversity is generated and maintained in tropical rainforests and the ecology of zoonotic diseases such as avian flu, monkeypox, Ebola, and now SARS-CoV-2 (the coronavirus that causes COVID-19).
GHP recently caught up with Professor Smith to learn about his ongoing research. He and several UCLA colleagues are planning to map the environmental drivers of coronavirus prevalence in bats, in order to predict and reduce the risk of future “spillover” events from bats to humans in Central Africa (e.g., consumption of bat meat, and destruction of natural environments that bring wild bats and humans into greater contact). As Professor Smith explained, “SARS-CoV-2, which likely originated in a wild animal market in China, is 96% genetically similar to a coronavirus found in horseshoe bats. Central Africa’s Congo Basin is a global hotspot for coronaviruses, and a place where bats are regularly consumed; however, there are currently no risk maps of coronavirus prevalence and where spillover events are likely.” Dr. Smith’s research will attempt to identify current coronavirus hotspots, predict spillover events under current and future climate conditions, and assess where human populations are most at risk of spillover given factors such as prevalence of animal consumption. The hope is that the results can be used to predict future spillover events across Central Africa, and therefore encourage more focused monitoring in regions at high risk for future epidemics.

For more information, read Professor Smith's recent Op-Ed on pandemics and climate change here. More information on the Congo Basin Institute can be found here."

EEB Professor James Lloyd-Smith and Postdoctoral Researcher, Amandine Gamble Continue to Gain Acclaim in Several News Avenues for Their Recent Study

EEB Professor James Lloyd-Smith and Postdoctoral Researcher, Amandine Gamble Continue to gain acclaim in several news avenues for their recent study showing N95 respirators can be decontaminated and re-used.
India Times
Yahoo News
The Press-Enterprise
International Business Times
Sci Tech Daily
News Medical.net
The Hindi Business Line
MSN
OC Register

EEB Professor James Lloyd-Smith and Postdoctoral Researcher, Amandine Gamble Featured in the UCLA Newsroom

EEB Professor James Lloyd-Smith and Postdoctoral Researcher, Amandine Gamble Featured in the UCLA Newsroom. Scientists hope new methods can mitigate the chronic shortage of personal protective equipment.  For full article, please visit "Two N95 respirators CDC/Debora Cartagena N95 respirators reduce exposure to airborne infectious agents, including SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. HEALTH + BEHAVIOR Single-use N95 respirators can be decontaminated and used again, study finds".

EEB Professor James Lloyd-Smith and Postdoctoral Researcher, Amandine Gamble Featured in Several News Avenues for Their Study Showing N95 Respirators can be Decontaminated and Re-used

EEB Professor James Lloyd-Smith and Postdoctoral Researcher, Amandine Gamble Featured in several news avenues for their study showing N95 respirators can be decontaminated and re-used.
Daily News

Spectrum News 1

Science Daily

UCLA Health

My News LA

Economic Times

Yahoo News

Twin Cities Pioneer Press

EEB Graduate Student, Nicholas Russo, awarded a Fulbright-Hays Program fellowship

The Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad program has awarded fellowships to nine UCLA graduate students and named two others as alternates, including the department's own Nicholas Russo, of the Thomas Smith lab.

Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education, the Fulbright-Hays program gives doctoral candidates the opportunity to engage in the “comprehensive study of the aspects of a society or societies, including the study of their geography, history, culture, economy, politics, international relations and languages.” The program is designed to contribute to the development and improvement of the study of modern foreign languages and area studies in the U.S.

For the full list of UCLA awardees, please visit UCLA Newsroom.

EEB Professor James Lloyd-Smith and Postdoctoral Researcher, Amandine Gamble Featured in the UCLA Newsroom

EEB Professor James Lloyd-Smith and Postdoctoral Researcher, Amandine Gamble Featured in the UCLA Newsroom. Scientists hope new methods can mitigate the chronic shortage of personal protective equipment.  For full article, please visit "Two N95 respirators CDC/Debora Cartagena N95 respirators reduce exposure to airborne infectious agents, including SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. HEALTH + BEHAVIOR Single-use N95 respirators can be decontaminated and used again, study finds".

EEB Graduate Student, Emily Ryznar, Awarded ESA's Best Student Talk in Aquatic Ecology at the Annual ESA Meeting 2020

The Ecological Society of America (ESA) Aquatic Ecology Section gives out an award for the best talk in aquatic ecology presented at the annual ESA meeting by a student.  At this year's 2020 virtual meeting, our very own EEB Graduate student Emily Ryznar was awarded the honor for her talk, "Rapid growth, competitive release via disturbance, and low herbivory pressure facilitate the invasion of a brown marine alga into forests of giant kelp"

Professor Paul Barber and Previous EEB PhD student, Zack Gold Featured in the UCLA Newsroom

Professor Paul Barber and Previous EEB PhD student, Zack Gold Featured in the UCLA Newsroom. For full article, please visit "Tiny endangered shrimp may get big hand from environmental DNA testing".

Professor James Lloyd-Smith Featured in Smithsonian Magazine

For full news article, please visit Smithsonian Magazine.

Professor Paul Barber featured in the UCLA Newsroom

Please visit the UCLA Newsroom, Discovery opens up new path in study of marine evolution and biodiversity.

EEB PhD student Graham Montgomery was awarded a Louis Agassiz Fuertes Grant from the Wilson Ornithological Society

PhD student Graham Montgomery was awarded a Louis Agassiz Fuertes Grant from the Wilson Ornithological Society for his research on insect declines and their consequence for insectivorous birds. The Louis Agassiz Fuertes Grant is the Wilson Society’s most prestigious research award and is open to all ornithologists.

EEB MS Graduate Student, Shawn Schwartz's, is UCLA's Institute for Digital Research & Education Early Career Research Day Winner

EEB MS Graduate Student, Shawn Schwartz's, is UCLA's Institute for Digital Research & Education(IDRE) Early Career Research Day Winner. For more information, please visit IDRE "Early Career Research Day winner improves neural network training for biological research".

EEB PhD Student, Ioana Anghel, Receives Several Research Awards

Congratulations to EEB PhD Student, Ioana Anghel, of the Zapata lab, as she receives several research awards this year: one from the American Society of Plant Taxonomist and one from the Botanical Society of America.

Professor James Lloyd-Smith Featured on KCRW

For the full news piece, please visit "Superspreaders might be unknowingly driving the COVID-19 pandemic".

Professor James Lloyd-Smith Quoted in NY Times

For full article, please visit "Most People With Coronavirus Won’t Spread It. Why Do a Few Infect Many?"

Professor Thomas B. Smith featured in the UCLA Magazine

Professor Thomas B. Smith featured in the UCLA Magazine, "Hand in Hand Across Africa".

Professor Thomas Smith featured Op-Ed in World War Zero Webpage

Professor Thomas Smith featured Op-Ed in World War Zero Webpage, "Why COVID-19 Demands Action on Climate Change".

Professor Paul Barber in The Keene Sentinel

Professor Paul Barber in The Keene Sentinel, "Scientists tackle starfish plagues on Great Barrier Reef".

Professor James Lloyd-Smith Featured in Wall Street Journal

Professor James Lloyd-Smith Featured in Wall Street Journal in regards to how Covid-19 is transmitted.

Congratulations to Professors Shane Campbell-Staton, Noa Pinter-Wollman, Tonya Kane, and Ph.D. candidates, Kelsi Rutledge and Amanda Robin

Congratulations to Professors Shane Campbell-Staton, Noa Pinter-Wollman, Tonya Kane, and Ph.D. candidate, Kelsi Rutledge.  They've been awarded Life Sciences Excellence Awards for this academic year.

Research Excellence Award, Assistant Professor, Shane Campbell-Staton

Educational Innovational Excellence Award, Lecturer, Tonya Kane

Educational Innovational Excellence Award, Associate Professor, Noa Pinter-Wollman

Research Excellence Award, Ph.D. Candidate, Kelsi Rutledge

Educational Innovation Excellence Award, PhD candidate, Amanda Robin

For a list of all the winners, please visit Life Sciences Excellence Award Winners.

EEB Student, Fabiola Torres-Toledo featured in Hispanic Access Foundation (HAF)

EEB student from the Buth Lab, Fabiola Torres-Toldeo, is featured in Hispanic Access Foundation (HAF) "Nuestro Océano y la Costa: Latino Connections to the Ocean and Coast" report . Fabiola is featured on the front cover; pages 9, 25-26 and 38.

More than 300 UCLA scientists condemn acts of racist violence

More than 300 UCLA scientists condemn acts of racist violence including several of our departmental faculty. Please visit the UCLA newsroom to review the open letter.

Professor Daniel Blumstein's long-term marmot field project featured on NPR’s science show The Pulse

Professor Daniel Blumstein's long-term marmot field project featured on NPR’s science show The Pulse.

Professor James Lloyd-Smith Cited in a Recent Wired.com Article Regarding Covid-19

To review full article, please visit Wired.Com.

Professor Victoria Sork awarded the Molecular Ecology Prize 2020

We are pleased to announce that the 2020 Molecular Ecology prize has been awarded to Dr. Victoria Sork, Distinguished Professor in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Dean of Life Sciences, and Director of the Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Garden at University of California Los Angeles. Throughout her career, Dr. Sork has made substantial and diverse scientific contributions to the field of molecular ecology– from working to build the foundation of landscape genetics, to pioneering the use of molecular markers in tracking plant dispersal, to unraveling the genomic and epi-genomic basis of climate adaptation in non-model organisms. With well over 100 publications, she has proven herself to be a preeminent scholar in her field for decades, while serving as a role model and mentor for many early career scientists, and as a continual advocate for increasing diversity and inclusion in STEM.

Professor Tom Smith receives the Elliot Coues Award from the American Ornithological Society

Professor Tom Smith receives the Elliot Coues Award from the American Ornithological Society. This award is given annually to “outstanding and innovative contributions to ornithological research, regardless of the geographic location of the work.”
For more about Professor Smith's recent accomplishment, please visit UCLA IoES.

EEB Graduate Student, Kelsi Rutledge, Receives a Fellowship from Department of Defense National Science and Engineering Graduate Student Fellowship (NDSEG) program

EEB Graduate Student, Kelsi Rutledge, from the Buth and Gordon lab, receives a fellowship from department of Defense National Science and Engineering Graduate Student Fellowship (NDSEG) program. This prestigious one-year fellowship sponsored by the Department of Defense has an award rate of 5%.

EEB PhD student, Gaurav Kandlikar awarded the Murray Buell Award

EEB PhD student, Gaurav Kandlikar, from the Kraft Lab, is awarded the Murray Buell Award from the Ecological Society of America (ESA) for the talk he gave at the ESA annual meeting in the summer of 2019.

For more information, please visit Ecological Society of America.

Congratulations to our Dept of EEB graduate students recognized by the NSF-GRFP program

Our Graduate Education Vice Chair, Professor Nathan Kraft, would like to announce that a number of our EEB graduate students were among the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship awardees and honorable mention recipients for 2020 announced yesterday. These include:

Ashlyn Ford (honorable mention, Fong Lab)
Kenji Hayashi (honorable mention, Kraft Lab)
Aiden Howenstine (awardee, Sears Lab)
Marissa Ochoa (honorable mention, Sork and Sack Labs)
Xotchitl Ortiz Ross (honorable mention, incoming PhD student to Blumstein Lab)
Nicholas Russo (awardee, Smith Lab)

In addition to these graduate students currently in our program, there are a number of prospective students with offers to join our department as well as undergraduates who have worked with our faculty who were among those honored yesterday. Please join us in congratulating everyone who was recognized by this prestigious program!

Professor James Lloyd-Smith Featured on Several News Avenues

Professor James Lloyd-Smith Featured on Several News Avenues: Big Think, The Health Site, NBC Los Angeles , Yahoo News, News Medical, Los Angeles Times, NY Times, and EurekAlert.

Professor James Lloyd-Smith featured in UCLA Newsroom

Professor James Lloyd-Smith featured in UCLA Newsroom, "Study reveals how long COVID-19 remains infectious on cardboard, metal and plastic".

Professor James Lloyd-Smith Quoted & Cited in a Recent The Wall Street Journal Article

Professor James Lloyd-Smith Quoted & Cited in a Recent The Wall Street Journal Article, What Are the Risks of Food and Grocery Deliveries?.

Professor James Lloyd-Smith is featured on NPR

Professor James Lloyd-Smith is featured on NPR-"The New Coronavirus can live on surfaces for 2-3 days and here's how to Clean Them" and NPR-"How Long Can Coronavirus Survive on Hard Surfaces".

Portia Mira and Yu-San Yang Receives UC Presidential Postdoctoral Fellowships for 2020-2021

We are delighted to announce that two EEB students have received the UC Presidential Postdoctoral Fellowships for 2020-2021: Portia Mira (Yeh Lab) and Yu-San Yang (Grether Lab). This is a tremendous honor for them and for EEB.

Professor Jamie Lloyd-Smith Featured on The Science Show

For full interview, please visit The Science Show.

Professor James Lloyd-Smith and Former EEB Doctoral Student, Katelyn Gostic featured in Daily Bruin

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Professor Pam Yeh featured on NATURE Careers Podcast, "How to Write a Top Notch Paper"

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Professor Park Nobel Publishes Fifth Edition of his 50-year Plant Physiology Series

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Professor Barbara Natterson-Horowitz featured in the UCLA Newsroom

For full article, please visit "Romeo Seeking Juliet in the Animal Kingdom"-UCLA Newsroom.

Professor Pamela Yeh is featured on The Cornell Lab's "All About Birds" Section

Professor Pamela Yeh is featured on The Cornell Lab's "All About Birds" Section, "How Juncos Changed Their Migration, Behavior, And Plumage In A Matter Of Decades".

Professor Pamela Yeh featured in Nature

Professor Pamela Yeh speaks about a population of sparrows that migrated to UCLA and her studies on them.

For full article, please visit NATURE-"Birds that make the heart sing".

Professor James Lloyd-Smith and Previous EEB doctoral student, Katelyn Gostic featured in Several News Avenues

For additional news avenues that Professor James Lloyd-Smith and previous EEB Doctoral student, Katelyn Gostic's research have been published on, please visit: Los Angeles Daily News, NBC Los Angeles, EurekAlert, MedicalExpress, Patch, , Startsat60.com , ANI, Yahoo News, The Health Site, , Business World, OC Register, The Patriot, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Fortune, The Scientist, NPR, and National Geographic.

Professor James Lloyd-Smith and Previous EEB doctoral student, Katelyn Gostic featured in UCLA Newsroom

Professor James Lloyd-Smith and Previous EEB doctoral student, Katelyn Gostic featured in UCLA Newsroom in regards to their PLoS Pathogens research and research on travel screening for the coronavirus.  

For full article, please visit, "First childhood flu helps explain why virus hits some people harder than others"

EEB Graduate Student, Kelsi Rutledge awarded the UCLA Faculty Women's Club 2019-2020 Graduate Scholarship

EEB Graduate Student, Kelsi Rutledge awarded the UCLA Faculty Women's Club (FWC) Graduate Scholarship.  This scholarship will be awarded to her on February 4th, 2020 during the FWC scholarship dinner.

Several EEB Graduate Students & Post-doctoral Scholars Awarded 2020 La Kretz Center & Stunt Ranch Reserve Conservation Science Research Grants

Congratulations to the following EEB Graduate Students & Post-doctoral Scholars Awarded 2020 La Kretz Center & Stunt Ranch Reserve Conservation Science Research Grants:

Robert Cooper (Grether & Shaffer Labs)

Vivien Enriquez (Yeh Lab)

Zack Gold (Barber Lab)

Benjamin Ha (Jacobs Lab)

Dr. Maura Palacios Mejia (HHMI Post-Doc, Wayne Lab)

Samantha Snowden (Grether & Shier Labs)

Regina Zweng (Fong Lab)

To review the awardees bios and learn more about their projects, please visit here.

Society for the Study of Evolution's New Faculty Profile, Felipe Zapata

The Society for the Study of Evolution has a series of New Faculty Profiles that highlight and introduce up-and-coming PIs in SSE. The latest of these faculty profiles is of EEB’s own Felipe Zapata.

Co-Authored Study by Professor Victoria Sork Featured on BBC News

Co-Authored Study by Professor Victoria Sork Featured on BBC News.

Proceedings from a recent publication on Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences had researchers finding that using genetic markers of climate resilient traits are more effective than traditional seed-selection methods.

Professor Barbara Natterson-Horowitz studies animals to make better sense of humans.

For full news article, please visit UCLA Magazine.

New research led by UCLA evolutionary biologist Victoria Sork examines whether the trees being replanted in the wake of California’s fires will be able to survive a climate that is continuing to warm.

For full news article, please visit UCLA Newsroom.

Professor Brad Shaffer leads $10M State-funded California Conservation Genomic Project

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Professor Lawren Sack Named one of 2019's World's Most Influential Scientific Researchers

Professors Lawren Sack and Nathan Kraft are named one of 2019's World's Most Influential Scientific Researchers.  In its annual list, The Web of Science Group, names the most highly cited researchers. 

For full article, please visit UCLA Newsroom.

Professor Greg Grether honored at the Andrea L. Rich Night to Honor Teaching Award Ceremony

This year, Professor Greg Grether, was awarded one of the the Academic Senate Faculty Distinguished Teaching Awards.

For more information, please visit UCLA Newsroom.

Professor Kirk Lohmueller Interviewed on Good Morning America

Please visit, Good Morning America, for video segment on Labradoodle breeding with Professor Kirk Lohmueller.

Professor Blaire Van Valkenburgh and her eLife research has been featured in several news outlets

Professor Blaire Van Valkenburgh and her eLife research has been featured in several news outlets:

Phys.org, EurekAlert, Science Daily, Montana Standard, Patch, UCLA Facebook. The Bulletin, BuckRail, Boise State Public Radio.org, Stamford Advocate, The Coeur d'Alene Press, The Lewiston Tribune, and The Houston Chronicle.com.

Professor Blaire Van Valkenburgh Featured in the UCLA Newsroom

Professor Blaire Van Valkenburgh Featured in the UCLA Newsroom

For full article, please visit UCLA Newsroom.

EEB Graduate Student, Kelsi Rutledge featured in Forbes and Smithsonian Magazine

For full articles, please visit Forbes and Smithsonian Magazine.

Professor Peter Nonacs Featured in a podcast discussion on Podtail

Professor Peter Nonacs featured in a podcast discussion on Podtail discussing the actual science in the movie "2001: A Space Odyssey".

For podcast, please visit here

Professor Dan Blumstein featured on NPR

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UCLA Congo Basin Institute receives $1 million from Pritzker Family Foundation

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EEB Graduate Students, Aji Anggoro and Benjamin Ha receive UCLA Fellowships

Congratulations to PhD candidate, Aji Anggoro (Barber lab) for being awarded the 2019-20 Phi Beta Kappa Alumni Association Int'l Scholarship. This award is only granted to 2 UCLA international graduate students annually.

Congratulations to PhD student, Benjamin Ha (Jacobs lab) for being awarded the 2019 UCLA Affiliates Scholarship. Affiliates Scholarships are awarded to promising UCLA graduate students who are involved with campus and community activities and have career and research goals.

Postdoctoral Fellow Deborah Bird featured on "The Science Times"

For full article, please visit The Science Times.

Professor Paul Barber, Doctoral Candidate Zack Gold , and Postdoctoral Researcher Emily Curd Featured in UCLA Newsroom

For full article, please visit UCLA Newsroom-"New environmental DNA Program makes conservation research faster, more efficient".

Professor Bob Wayne and Graduate Student, Annabel Beichman featured in UCLA Newsroom

For full article, please visit UCLA Newsroom "Sea Otters have low genetic diversity like endangered species, biologists report".

Professor Tom Smith and the Ebony Project featured in National Geographic

For full article, please visit here.

Watcharapong Hongjamrassilp (WiN) from the Blumsteins lab Receives Several poster presentation awards

Watcharapong Hongjamrassilp (WiN) from the Blumstein’s lab Receives 1st place for his poster presentation award from the International Conference on Biodiversity (IBD2019) organized in Bangkok, Thailand (May 22-24, 2019).

He also has been awarded the 1st runner up poster presentation award from the Crustacean Society Mid-year meeting 2019 held in Hong Kong, China (May 26-30, 2019).

Professor Paul Barber Awarded the UCLA Gold Shield Faculty Prize 2019

For full article, please visit UCLA Newsroom.

Max D. Murray (Buth lab) has received a 1st Place Award for his poster presentation at the recent annual meeting of the Southern California Society of Parasitologists (SCSP)

Max D. Murray (Buth lab) has received a 1st Place Award for his poster presentation at the recent annual meeting of the Southern California Society of Parasitologists (SCSP) on May 3, 2019.

Professors Shane Campbell-Staton and Nathan Kraft are awarded 2018-2019 Life Sciences Excellence Awards

This year, Professor Nathan Kraft was awarded the LS Excellence Award in “Excellence in Promoting Diversity & Inclusion. Professor Shane Campbell-Staton was awarded the LS Excellence Award in “Excellence in Educational Innovation (Untenured Faculty)”.

For full list of awardees, please visit here.

Professor Greg Grether receives 2019 UCLA Distinguished Teaching Award-Undergraduate Mentorship Award

Professor Greg Grether receives the 2019 UCLA Distinguished Teaching Award (DTA) - Undergraduate Mentorship Award.
In 2004, a DTA for Distinction in Undergraduate Research Mentorship was implemented to honor an Academic Senate faculty member who has provided superb mentorship to undergraduate students engaged in research and/or creative, scholarly projects. The new award was recommended by the Joint Taskforce on Undergraduate Education in Research Context.

For full recipient list for this year's DTA awardees, please visit Here.

Congratulations Several EEB graduate students for their 2019 NSF GRFP awards and honorable mentions

Congratulations to the following graduate students for their 2019 NSF GRFP awards and honorable mention:

Alec Baird in the Sack lab, Honorable Mention
Elizabeth Karan, Alfaro lab, Awardee
Whitney Nakashima, incoming to Alfaro and Smith labs, Awardee
Dyonishia Nieves, incoming to Sack lab, Awardee

Professor Tom Smith featured on Forbes.com

Professor Tom Smith featured in an article on Forbes.com

Tom Smith on CBS Morning News: UN Biodiversity Report

UCLA’s Tom Smith spoke with CBS about a new United Nations report that says nature is essential for our existence and a good quality of life, but point to a stark warning: humans are transforming the planet’s natural habitat at an unprecedented rate. Jonathan Vigliotti reports.

For news piece, please visit CBS News

First-Year PhD student, Kelsi Rutledge, advised by Drs. Don Buth and Malcolm Gordon, has a recent article published in the Journal of Morphology

For full article, please visit Here.

Professor Peter Kareiva featured in the UCLA Newsroom

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Professor Shane Campbell-Staton featured in the UCLA Daily Bruin

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Professor Noa Pinter-Wollman interview with Robyn Williams featured on Australian Broadcasting Corporation's Science Show

Audio of interview can be found here.

Dr. Peter Narins wins national merit award for his research

For full article, please visit:UCLA Newsroom

Dr. Leryn Gorlitsky receives a Unit 18 Professional Development award for 2018-19

For more information in regards to the award and other recipients, please visit here: UCLA Newsroom.

Professor Shane Campbell-Staton featured in the UCLA Newsroom

Please see full article here: UCLA Biology Class Uses Superheroes to Help Students Sift Fact from Fiction.

Professors Pamela Yeh and Van Savage, as well as Postdoctoral Researcher, Elif Tekin's remarkable NSF- and NIH/NCATS-funded npj Systems Biology and Applications antibiotics research was UCLA's #4 Top Story of 2018

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EEB Postdoctorate student, Evan McCartney-Melstad, featured in a Q&A in Knowable Magazine

For full article, please visit Knowable Magazine.

Professor Tom Smith Featured in UCLA newsroom

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Professors Hubbell, Kareiva, Kraft, and Sack are named one of 40 UCLA Scholars that are one of the most highly cited researchers according to Clarivate Analytics

The world’s most influential scientific researchers in 2018 include 40 UCLA scholars.

In its annual list, Clarivate Analytics names the most highly cited researchers — those whose work was most often referenced by other scientific research papers for the preceding decade in 21 fields across the sciences and social sciences. Four of these UCLA scholars are our department's own Professors Peter Kareiva, Nathan Kraft, Lawren Sack and Professor Emeritus Steve Hubbell.

For full article, please visit UCLA Newsroom.

UCLA EEB's Undergraduate Program named one of CollegeMagazine.com's top ten schools for Marine Biology

UCLA EEB's Undergraduate Program named one of CollegeMagazine.com's top ten schools for Marine Biology. For full article, please visit Here.

Professor Paul Barber's Collaborative Work on Seafood Fraud Featured in Several News Avenues

For full articles, please visit Phys.org, Yahoo News, Eurekalert.

Professor Paul Barber featured in the UCLA Newsroom

For full article, please visit UCLA Newsroom-UCLA Researchers and Partners Work with Sushi Restaurants to Reduce Seafood Fraud.

Professor Blaire Van Valkenburgh awarded the Prestigious Joseph T. Gregory Award

Professor Blaire Van Valkenburgh was awarded the prestigious Joseph T. Gregory Award from the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology. The Gregory Award honors outstanding service to the welfare of the society.

Professor Noa Pinter-Wollman featured on Science Friday

For full news piece, please visit Science Friday.

Congratulations to EEB Doctoral Candidate, Tiara Moore for her article published in the upcoming Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography Bulletin

Congratulations to EEB doctoral candidate, Tiara Moore (Fong lab), for her article, “ The only Black person in the room” which will be published in the upcoming Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography Bulletin. From 2015-2018, Tiara has served as a Student Board Member on the ASLO Board of Directors.

EEB Ph.D student, Amanda Robin, Featured on STEAM Sunday on CBS2/KCAL9 news

Squirrel Gazer featured on CBS 2/KCAL 9 local Los Angeles news on Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math (STEAM) Sunday.

For full news piece, please visit CBS 2/KCAL 9.

Alumnus Morton La Kretz donates additional $15 million for UCLA Botany Building

Following a $5 million donation he made in 2017, UCLA alumnus and longtime supporter Morton La Kretz has given an additional $15 million to fund the ongoing renovation of the campus’s Botany Building.

For full article, please visit UCLA Newsroom.

Professors Pamela Yeh and Van Savage, as well as Postdoctoral Researcher, Elif Tekin's remarkable NSF- and NIH/NCATS-funded npj Systems Biology and Applications antibiotics research featured in several News Avenues

Professors Pamela Yeh and Van Savage, as well as Postdoctoral Researcher, Elif Tekin’s remarkable NSF- and NIH/NCATS-funded npj Systems Biology and Applications antibiotics research featured in several News Avenues
UCLA Newsroom
UCLA Health
Medical News Today
Health Europa
FARS News Agency
Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News
Prensa Latina
SCIENMAG The Health Site EurekAlert!
Economic Times Health World
Phys.org
Drug Target Review
Daily World
ZME Science
Business Standard
Science Codex
The Telegraph
Daily Mail UK
Yahoo
Science Daily
MSN.com
CBS Los Angeles
IFL Science
Science Alert
IOL
Live Science
Yahoo News
U.S. News and World Reports
WEB MD
Health Day
University of California
Mirror
Daily Bruin

Professor Emeritus J Lee Kavanau Passes Away at the Age of 96

It is with sorrow that we report that EEB Professor Emeritus J Lee Kavanau passed away on Sunday, August 12. Prof Lee was 96, and passed away peacefully with family present.

Professor James Lloyd-Smith and lab featured in Nature

For full article in regards to Professor James Lloyd-Smith, his lab, in particular, EEB graduate student Katelyn Gostic, please visit Nature.

EEB Postdoctoral Researcher, Gary Bucciarelli, and EEB Professor, Brad Shaffer featured in the UCLA Newsroom

For full article, please visit UCLA Newsroom.

Professor Noa Pinter-Wollman featured on Daily Bruin

For full article, please visit Daily Bruin.

Professor Noa Pinter-Wollman featured on EurekAlert and Phys.org

For full articles, please visit EurekAlert and Phys.org.

Professor Noa Pinter-Wollman featured in the UCLA Newsroom

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Professor Dan Blumstein featured on NPR Morning Edition

For full news piece, please visit NPR Morning Edition

"Using DNA barcoding to track seafood mislabeling in Los Angeles Restaurants" is one of the top 20 downloaded papers of 2017 in Conservation Biology Journal

"Using DNA barcoding to track seafood mislabeling in Los Angeles restaurants", published in Conservation Biology, was one of the journal’s top 20 most downloaded recent papers of 2016-2017.

For one grad and his dad a happy twist on like father, like son

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Congratulations to MS student, Elizabeth Reid-Wainscoat (Grether lab), for being one of two inaugural UCLA CIRTL-Certified Scholars

Congratulations to MS student, Elizabeth Reid-Wainscoat (Grether lab), for being one of two inaugural UCLA CIRTL-Certified Scholars. Elizabeth completed the Scholar Level certification for UCLA's Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning (CIRTL) - a prestigious national program sponsored by UCLA Graduate Division in collaboration with CEILS supporting the professional development of UCLA graduate students and postdoctoral scholars. CIRTL Certification requires training and coursework in effective and inclusive teaching practices, culminating in a teaching-as-research project.

Professor Tom Smith and Co-Authors featured in the UCLA newsroom

For full article, please visit UCLA Newsroom.

Tai Michaels Wins First Place

Tai Michaels Wins First Place in the Environmental Division of Los Angeles Science Fair and First place in the California State Science Fair

Tai Michaels, a high school student working with UCLA La Kretz Center postdoc Justin Valliere in Phil Rundel’s lab, won first place in the Environmental Division of the Los Angeles Science Fair and first place in the Calfornia State Science Fair! Congratulations to Tai, Justin, and Phil for a great job developing and executing this project aimed at understanding the effects of decreasing fire return intervals on chaparral vegetation.

Tai Michaels Wins First Place in the Environmental Division of Los Angeles Science Fair and First place in the California State Science Fair

Tai Michaels Wins First Place in the Environmental Division of Los Angeles Science Fair and First place in the California State Science Fair

Tai Michaels, a high school student working with UCLA La Kretz Center postdoc Justin Valliere in Phil Rundel’s lab, won first place in the Environmental Division of the Los Angeles Science Fair and first place in the Calfornia State Science Fair! Congratulations to Tai, Justin, and Phil for a great job developing and executing this project aimed at understanding the effects of decreasing fire return intervals on chaparral vegetation.

Professor Michael Alfaro featured in UCLA Newsroom

For full article, please visit UCLA Newsroom.

EEB Lecturer, Tonya Kane, honored with professional development award

For full article, please visit UCLA Newsroom.

Professor Michael Alfaro lab published in Nature Ecology & Evolution

For full article, please visit Nature Ecology & Evolution.

EEB Doctoral Candidate, Zack Gold, Featured in the UCLA Newsroom

For the full article, please visit UCLA Newsroom

Botanist Margaret Lewis Passes Away at the age of 98

Botanist Margaret Lewis, wife of the late UCLA plant evolutionary biologist and Life Science Dean Harlan Lewis, died quietly in November at the age of 98. Harlan passed away in 2008. A researcher herself with an undergraduate degree from Pomona College and a masters degree from UC Berkeley, Margaret joined the UCLA Herbarium staff in 1945, and it was there that she and Harlan met. Many of us were privileged over the years to visit the remarkable garden oasis they created at their home in Rustic Canyon, Pacific Palisades, where they grew hundreds of species of plants from all over the world. Thanks to the kindness of the Lewis family, many of these rare species have been moved to a new life in the Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Garden at UCLA.

Professor Blumstein's long-term marmots study featured in many articles

For more information about this research, please visit UCLA Newsroom , New York Times, ,The Verge, Phys.org, EurekAlert, UCLA Health, ZME Science

Professor Tom Smith Recently Published in Science

For information about his recently published study, please visit UCLA IoES.