We are building a lab of scholars to understand and predict how global environmental changes alter ecosystems and biodiversity, as well as their consequences for human well-being. Our lab crosses traditional disciplinary boundaries, but we place a particular emphasis on the use of quantitative and modeling approaches to tackle global change questions. If you like to get lost in big data, are eager to learn cutting-edge statistics and computer science, and feel passionate about pursuing environmental research with societal impacts, you may fit right in our lab.
The Environmental Studies Department at UC Santa Cruz addresses complex, contemporary environmental issues from an interdisciplinary perspective. UC Santa Cruz ranks among the top universities in terms of research influence and research quality worldwide, and it is within a half-hour drive to the Silicon Valley. Located on the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, Santa Cruz has numerous year-round opportunities for outdoor recreation (sailing, surfing, mountain biking, hiking, etc.).