Graduate Students and Postdocs
|. DR. AINHOA MAGRACH, POSTDOC|
A community ecologist interested in how different aspects of global change affect ecosystem functioning and the delivery of ecosystem services. My research is currently funded by a 5-year tenure-track provided by the Ikerbasque Foundation and a BBVA Leonardo Fellowship.
PhD candidate in EBD-CSIC (Seville, Spain) in the group of Montse Vilà. My thesis explores the impact of invasive species in Mediterranean grasslands.
Studied invasion impacts and compared management methods for the invasive grass Ehrharta erecta. Currently a doctoral student at Arizona State University, studying species distributions, community assembly and functional traits (link here)
|DR. CARLA FRESQUEZ |
Ecotone dynamics and structure: Identifying the biotic and abiotic processes that determine the boundaries and composition of the high marsh-upland ecotone. Now a Research Associate at the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Center at California State University, Monterey Bay (link here)
|DR. JUSTIN CUMMINGS |
Above- and below-ground factors mediating the suppression of an invasive grass in tropical reforestation. Now a Postdoc at Florida International University, Coastal Everglades LTER (link here)
|DR. MEGAN SAUNDERS|
Postdoctoral Fellow, 2012-2014
Exploring the evolutionary ecology of fungal endophytes: using functional traits to reveal mechanisms in community processes. Now a professional singer-songwriter in Chattanooga, TN–check our her music at Reverbnation (link here)
|DR. CRISTINA FERNÁNDEZ ARAGÓN|
Postdoctoral Fellow, 2012-14
Evolution of life history in invasive plants. Now an Investigatora Juan de la Cierva, Universidad de Alcalá (link here)
DR. NOELIA GONZÁLEZ MUÑOZ
|DR. SARAH SWOPE|
Multispecies interactions and demography of the invasive thistle Centaurea solstitialis in California. Now a faculty member at Mills College
DR. KATRINA DLUGOSCH
PhD 2006, Postdoctoral Fellow 2007-2008
Now a faculty member at the University of Arizona (link here)
DR. EDUARDO CUEVAS
UC Mexxus Postdoctoral Fellow, 2006-2007
|DR. ANDREA JANI|
PhD student, 2004-2006
Ecology of infectious disease
Completed her PhD with Cherie Briggs at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
DR. REBECCA KAO
DR. CYNTHIA HAYS
DR. WILL SATTERTHWAITE
DR. JULIE BECKSTEAD
USDA Postdoctoral Fellow, 2000-2002
I am currently working on a project at Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve with Karen Tanner to look into the feasibility of using Biochar (basically charcoal!) as a restoration tool to increase transplant success of five native salt marsh plant species. The benefit of biochar is well studied in agriculture but not so much under a restoration context in salt marsh ecosystems. I use observational techniques to assess differences in long term plant growth between treatments of varying additions of biochar to salt marsh soil.
Dean’s Award for Undergraduate Research A Widespread Nitrogen-fixing Invader Experiences Negative Soil Feedbacks Despite Increased Root Nodulation and Mycorrhizal Colonization. I researched plant-soil feedbacks in the invader Cytisus scoparius predominantly focused on the interactions between C. scoparius and soil biota. Currently I am continuing to collaborate with Ingrid Parker and Sara Grove to publish our research on plant-soil feedbacks.
I worked with Karen Tanner on the Elkhorn Slough salt marsh project and Sara Grove on Douglas Fir and Scotch Broom interactions. My senior thesis was under Karen Tanner and focused on the effects of different saline concentrations and water volumes on halophyte physiology. Some of my favorite memories include getting stuck in the mud while planting Jaumea carnosa, my first tick encounter, and endless bargaining with the Decagon WP4! I graduated in 2018 and am currently working as a research associate at Mendel Biological Solutions, focusing on the effects of applied natural products on crop plant.
Allelopathic alkaloids of an invasive shrub and their effect on the growth of ectomycorrhizal fungi.
Ehrharta erecta: Competitive impacts on four California native understory species and comparison of two removal methods of an invasive exotic grass.
Effect of site, propagation type, and clearing on the reintroduction of an endangered wetland herb, Arenaria paludicola
Effects of Nitrogen enrichment and Scotch broom on mycorrhizal associations of Douglas fir.
Restoration of an Endangered Plant Species, Arenaria paludicola: Effect of Propagation Type, Competition, and Soil Moisture on Plant Success.
Dean’s Award for Undergraduate ResearchSeed bank recruitment across four populations of the endangered Santa Cruz wallflower, Erysimum teretifolium (Brassicaceae).
Ectomycorrhizal colonization of Douglas fir seedlings in Cytisus-invaded clearcuts: Variation across sites and with distance from adult trees.
Dean’s Award for Undergraduate Research Effects of desiccation and soil characteristics on Arenaria paludicola, an endangered herb.
Seasonal soil moisture dynamics and potential outplant success of the endangered plant Arenaria paludicola.
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