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Erika Zavaleta

Assistant Professor, Environmental Studies DepartmentUniversity of California, Santa Cruz

I study community and ecosystem ecology with emphasis on the consequences of changing biological diversity, and the link between ecological condition and human well-being. My research spans ecosystems from boreal forest to temperate grassland to subtropical islands. Recent and current projects include California grassland responses to climate and atmospheric changes; influences of plant community structure and diversity on susceptibility to biological invasions; wildfire effects on the provision of ecosystem services in rural Alaska; barriers to California oak regeneration; and island ecosystem responses to the removal of exotic mammals. In much of my work, I strive to bridge ecological theory and research to sound conservation and management practice. To that end, my research incorporates collaboration with conservation practitioners and elements of economics, public policy, and anthropology.