Coastal Ecosystems at UC Santa Cruz
We conduct basic and applied ecological and evolutionary research in a variety of coastal ecosystems including kelp forests, the rocky intertidal zone, estuaries, streams and rivers.
The land on which we gather is the unceded territory of the Awaswas-speaking Uypi Tribe. The Amah Mutsun Tribal Band, comprised of the descendants of indigenous people taken to missions Santa Cruz and San Juan Bautista during Spanish colonization of the Central Coast, is today working hard to restore traditional stewardship practices on these lands and heal from historical trauma.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
As a lab and an academic community, we recognize that institutionalized discrimination -- based on race, gender, disability, age, and socioeconomic status, among other attributes -- persists in the fields of ecology and evolutionary biology. We are committed to breaking down these barriers and fostering diversity within all avenues of our work. To this end, we have crafted our own goals on inclusion, core values, and anti-racism. To read more about these efforts, please visit and read our Diversity Statement