Sara Gonzalez

Sara is a Ph.D. candidate advised by Dr. Pete Raimondi in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, with a Designated Emphasis in Coastal Science & Policy. Her research focuses on the environmental and genetic drivers of morphology and chemical content in giant kelp populations in California and Chile. She became interested in this field following a Fulbright fellowship in Chile where she interacted with artisanal kelp harvesters. Sara uses genetic analyses, field experiments, and chemical analyses on giant kelp to determine the causes and consequences of morphologically distinct groups within the species, known as “ecomorphs.” She hopes that her research will elucidate the underlying factors contributing to morphological and chemical variation in this ecologically important foundation species and commercially valued natural resource. Sara holds a B.S. in Biological Sciences from Cornell University.

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