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Prof. Erika Zavaleta

Erika Zavaleta

Professor, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
University of California
As Howard Hughes Medical Institute Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at UC-Santa Cruz (UCSC), Erika Zavaleta maintains an active, diverse research group with a focus on responses to climate, atmospheric and biodiversity changes. She has published ~90 articles and book chapters, including 13 in Nature, Science and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Erika won the Ecological Society of America Sustainability Science Award in 2007 for her work on consequences of and responses to climate and wildfire change in Alaska’s boreal forest. She is a Fellow of the Ecological Society of America and the California Academy of Sciences, and recipient of two American Publishers Association Awards and a California Book Award. Erika directs UCSC’s Doris Duke Scholars Program, a national effort to train diverse conservation leaders. She serves on advisory boards for the Wildlife Conservation Society, the Center for Resilient Landscapes, and the Society for Conservation Biology.
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