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‘Ecosystems of California’ Wins Gold Medal


‘Ecosystems of California’ wins gold medal in California Book Awards
Coedited by UC Santa Cruz ecologist Erika Zavaleta, the book will be honored by the Commonwealth Club of California
May 16, 2017
By Tim Stephens

Ecosystems of California, a comprehensive reference on California’s remarkable ecological abundance, has won the Gold Medal for Contribution to Publishing in the 86th […]

EVST Major Awarded Doris Duke Conservation Scholarship


October 3, 2016
Alan Diaz-Santana (Ezra Stiles ‘18) has been selected for the Doris Duke Conservation Scholar Program. The Doris Duke Foundation’s Conservation Scholars Program was launched in 2013 to help build greater ethnic and racial diversity within the conservation workforce. The fellowship identifies excellent undergraduate scholars from underrepresented groups who are interested in careers in […]

College First Graduate Pursues Her Passion


Erica Rocha is a bright young woman who is going places in the career field of ecological research. Her participation in the Garden’s Science Career Continuum when she was a Chicago Public School student was an important step on her journey toward her future career as a scientist.

The Science Career Continuum is composed of three programs: […]

Big Creek Reserve Blog


By Miguel Aguirre Morales
Wabash College
July 17, 2016

When I was first told that we were going to be off the grid with the closest shower and flushable toilet at least 20 minutes away, I felt slightly nervous. In my imagination, I saw us being in the middle of nowhere, which we pretty much were, with nothing […]

Andrea Calderon on the White Mountains


Crooked Creek White Mountains Research Station

July 11 – 19, 2016 By Andrea Calderon
St. Edwards College
August 9, 2016

I was initially introduced to the Doris Duke Conservation Scholarship Internship by a professor at my university, Professor Peter Beck. Professor Beck personally knew about my passion for conservation and sustainable development after having been my instructor on […]

Students We’re Watching – Andrea Calderon ’19


Andrea Calderon ’19 – Environmental Science & Policy Major

Why she’s a student to watch: Calderon caught our eye when we heard she’d be doing field research against the backdrop of some of the most spectacular scenery in the United States: It’s breathtaking and interesting!

What she did: Her research sites included Big Sur, the Sierra Nevada […]

Pitzer Student Ramiro Pinedo Jr. Selected as Conservation Scholar


Pitzer College student Ramiro Pinedo Jr. ’18 is one of 20 undergraduates from across the country to be selected for the Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program at University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC), a two-year program dedicated to educating future leaders in environmental conservation.

As a Doris Duke scholar at UCSC, Pinedo will delve into environmental […]

Juanita Falice one of 20 students selected for The DDCSP


Understanding a complex subject like conservation biology is one thing, but being able to communicate the intricacies in a way the public can understand takes it to another level.

Juanita Falice, a Warren Wilson College sophomore double majoring in creative writing and biology, is expanding this skill through scholarship.

Biology Student Accepted into National Conservation Program


It wasn’t just the daily water cuts Annette Ludwig noticed during her spring break trip to visit family in Pohnpei.

“There’s a decrease in fish and other resources the people there need to survive,” said the University of Guam sophomore. “It’s just slowly disappearing in Pohnpei, and I’m sure it’s like that in the other islands.”

Feeling […]

Podcast: Nitrogen’s Threat to Biodiversity


Habitat destruction and the direct exploitation of species often occupy center stage in discussions of biodiversity perils. However, indirect harms, such as that posed by nitrogen pollution, remain underappreciated and poorly understood despite playing a key role in species declines. The mechanisms of nitrogen’s impacts are diverse and often involve hard-to-pinpoint chains of causality. For […]

En La Orilla


Our advisory board member Prof. Xavier Basurto recently completed a short documentary about the effects of fisheries decline on families in Agua Verde, Baja California Sur, Mexico. Agua Verde is a small (250 person) fishing village several hours from the nearest city, surrounded by coastal mountains and the waters of the Gulf of California.

The […]

Ecosystems of California documents one of the most biodiverse places in the world


Ecosystems of California (University of California Press, 2016) is a new comprehensive reference of California’s ecological abundance featuring contributions from 149 experts including 19 with ties to UC Santa Cruz.

Co-edited by Erika Zavaleta, Pepper-Giberson Chair in Environmental Studies at UC Santa Cruz and Harold Mooney, Paul S. and Billie Achilles Professor in Environmental […]

To Save Its Salmon, California Calls In the Fish Matchmaker


At a hatchery on the Klamath River, biologists are using genetic techniques to reduce inbreeding, though some argue natural methods are more effective.

HORNBROOK, Calif. — On a frigid morning in a small metal-sided building, a team of specialists prepared to orchestrate an elaborate breeding routine. The work would be wet and messy, so they wore […]

Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Launches


The Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program at UCSC exposes early-career college students to the field of environmental conservation through field research, leadership and professional training.

Each year, we select 20 students from around the U.S. and its territories to participate in our two-year conservation leadership program. Our students represent a diverse spectrum of cultures and backgrounds, […]