Undergraduate Education

Undergraduate Education

Undergraduate Education

March 26, 2020

Hi All,

First, let me introduce myself. I am Barney Schlinger and serving as Acting Chair of EEB while our Chair, Karen Sears, takes a much-needed leave.

I wanted to reach out to all of our undergraduates to let you know you are on our minds. While, yes, we all engage in research, we also see our primary mission at UCLA as the thoughtful education and mentoring of our students. We know this must be an incredibly stressful time for you, as you are feeling the impact of the many adjustments to your lives caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Those of you who were looking forward to your final quarter at UCLA, finishing courses that you wanted or needed and adjusting to online education, saying goodbyes to your friends, the staff, and the faculty, and then counting on celebrating your graduation with your families and friends must be feeling especially sad and perhaps somewhat disoriented. We share in your pain. For all of you, remember, we are here for you. The staff and the faculty are available to help answer your questions and hear your concerns; please bring these to our attention. However, as you might imagine there are many demands on our time, so we kindly ask you to please be patient. We will do our utmost to help you as quickly as possible with empathy and thoughtfulness.

Lastly, please stay safe. I do remember the tremendous energy and excitement I had when I was your age. But do not let this lead you to make poor decisions that could affect your health and well-being. This will pass and if we are all wise now, then the crisis will pass all the more quickly.

With all of you in mind.

Sincerely,

Barney A. Schlinger, Ph.D.

Acting Chair of EEB
Professor of Integrative Biology and Physiology
Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

UCLA

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Our undergraduates engage in a wide variety of research projects and learning experiences which explore these areas and disciplines. Our students have traveled to Africa, South and Central America, and French Polynesia, among other locations, to conduct research and to experience life as a field or marine biologist. Many of our students have gone on to become successful figures in U.S. government, in the medical and health care field, as well as in the world of academia.

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The Field Biology Quarter has not only allowed me to obtain my dream job, but it is also a testament to my success in the field. I now work with a collection of over 76 species of animals, including canids, felids, primates, raptors, rodents and reptiles. As a manager I am in charge of not only the all staff biologist/educators but also of all aspects of the animals' care. I provide veterinary care, restraint, training and handling through operant condition, diet preparation, enclosure maintenance and quality behavioral enrichment.

Susan Garity EEB '08
Wildlife biologist and manager
The Animal Guys, Sylmar, California

The Field Biology Quarter has not only allowed me to obtain my dream job, but it is also a testament to my success in the field. I now work with a collection of over 76 species of animals, including canids, felids, primates, raptors, rodents and reptiles. As a manager I am in charge of not only the all staff biologist/educators but also of all aspects of the animals' care. I provide veterinary care, restraint, training and handling through operant condition, diet preparation, enclosure maintenance and quality behavioral enrichment.

Susan Garity EEB '08
Wildlife biologist and manager
The Animal Guys, Sylmar, California

The Field Biology Quarter has not only allowed me to obtain my dream job, but it is also a testament to my success in the field. I now work with a collection of over 76 species of animals, including canids, felids, primates, raptors, rodents and reptiles. As a manager I am in charge of not only the all staff biologist/educators but also of all aspects of the animals' care. I provide veterinary care, restraint, training and handling through operant condition, diet preparation, enclosure maintenance and quality behavioral enrichment.

Susan Garity EEB '08
Wildlife biologist and manager
The Animal Guys, Sylmar, California

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