ECOLOGY & EVOLUTION 2019-10-09T13:13:18-08:00

Phone: 831-502-7706 (Office), 831-459-4752 (Lab)

Suzanne’s work involves theoretical and empirical research examining how coevolutionary dynamics and social interactions affect sexual selection and reproductive behaviors.

Website: RCLAB
Phone: 831-459-3958

Mark Carr studies the ecology of coastal marine and anadromous fishes, and coastal marine ecosystems, especially kelp forests. Mark’s research informs management and conservation topics including ecosystem-based fisheries management, design and evaluation of marine protected areas (MPAs), and large-scale, long-term monitoring studies. He is a principal investigator with the Partnership for Interdisciplinary Studies of Coastal Oceans (PISCO). Currently, he is a member of the California Ocean Protection Council’s (OPC) Science Advisory Team, and NOAA’s MPA Federal Advisory Committee.

Website: Costa Lab
Phone: 831-459-2691

Dan Costa studies the adaptations of marine mammals and seabirds to life in the marine environment, especially the movements, foraging ecology and energetics of pinnipeds and seabirds.

Website: Coastal Conservation Action Lab
Phone: 831-459-3610

Don Croll is a Professor in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC), Co-founder of the conservation non-profit Island Conservation, Founding partner of the conservation for-profit Conservation Metrics, Inc., and Faculty Director of the UCSC Natural Reserve System. He has conducted conservation research on island ecosystems and marine vertebrates for over 30 years, and published over 100 papers and articles on the conservation and ecology of marine species and island ecosystems. As a professor, has been dedicated to developing the research programs, courses, and graduate training needed for direct conservation action. As a conservationist, his work has helped inform the closure of California gill net fisheries, the establishment of a ban on commercial fishing for krill US federal waters, the CITES listing of several manta ray species, the establishment of protected islands in Mexico, and the protection of insular threatened species from island invasive species. He has trained over 500 undergraduates in marine ecology and conservation, conservation biology, and field methods in conservation, and together with his conservation partner, Bernie Tershy, he has trained 14 graduates and post docs that have gone on to significant positions in conservation and resource management.

Website: Holl Restoration Ecology Lab
Phone: 831-459-4015

Karen D. Holl

Affiliated Faculty
Ecology & Evolution
Professor, Environmental Studies

Dr. Holl’s research focuses on understanding how local and landscape scale processes affect ecosystem recovery from human disturbance and using this information to restore damaged ecosystems. Her current research focuses on rain forests in Latin America and in coastal grassland and chaparral systems in California. She oversees a long-term tropical forest restoration study in southern Costa Rica and has worked with students and collaborators in Mexico, Brazil, Colombia, and Panama. She advises numerous land management and conservation organizations in California and internationally on ecological restoration. She was selected as the 2017 co-winner of the Theodore Sperry Award of the Society for Ecological Restoration and is the faculty director of the Kenneth S. Norris Center for Natural History.  

Website: Kilpatrick Lab
Phone: 831-459-5070

A. Marm Kilpatrick

Affiliated Faculty
Ecology & Evolution
Professor, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology

Marm Kilpatrick’s research unites theory and empirical work to address basic and applied questions in population biology, including the ecology of infectious diseases, evolution, climate, behavior, genetics, and conservation. His lab’s general research philosophy is to begin each project by developing a mathematical model of the system to generate hypotheses and then test these hypotheses by gathering empirical data. His work in population biology includes studies of elephant seal, mosquito, and Weddell seal populations and predator-prey relationships. His research in disease ecology includes examining:

  1. Local drivers of pathogen transmission, including land use, host community composition, and climate; and
  2. The impact of disease on animal populations, and host responses, including the evolution of resistance and tolerance.

His disease ecology work includes studies of white-nose syndrome in bats, West Nile virus in mosquitoes and birds, avian malaria in Hawaiian birds, Lyme disease, chytridiomycosis in amphibians, Nipah virus in Bangladesh, and avian influenza.

Website: Palkovacs Lab
Phone: 831-502-7387 (Office)

The Wilmers lab group seeks to understand how global change (climate change, habitat alteration and human hunting) influences animal behavior, population dynamics and community organization. The lab’s emphasis is on combining quantitative and field techniques to better understand the ecology of wildlife so as to better inform their management and conservation. Please visit for more information.

Kristy Kroeker

Website: Kristy Kroeker
Phone: 831-459-5022 (Office) | 831-566-8253 (Cell)

Research in the Kroeker Lab addresses the drivers of change in marine communities. Our research program is advanced by two complementary approaches. First, we combine field experiments with laboratory manipulations to understand the underpinnings of community and ecosystem dynamics. Second, we use meta-analysis and modeling to synthesize empirical results and advance broad theoretical frameworks for predicting the emergent effects of environmental change. We use a variety of systems to answer our questions, from seagrass ecosystems and rocky intertidal communities to rocky reefs surrounding volcanic carbon dioxide vents and kelp forests.

Pete Raimondi

The Raimondi-Carr lab studies aspects of basic and applied ecology and evolutionary biology of coastal ecosystems. Our research spans the land-sea interface, and includes freshwater systems, estuaries, the rocky intertidal, and subtidal reefs. We aim to understand processes that influence behavior, distribution, and interactions of populations and communities of fishes, invertebrates and algae that constitute these ecosystems. Our goal is to advance understanding of these systems and to inform coastal policy and management.

Website: Wilmers Lab
Phone: 831-459-2634

The Wilmers lab group seeks to understand how global change (climate change, habitat alteration and human hunting) influences animal behavior, population dynamics and community organization. The lab’s emphasis is on combining quantitative and field techniques to better understand the ecology of wildlife so as to better inform their management and conservation. Please visit for more information.

Website: Zavaleta Lab
Phone: 831-459-5011

Erika is an ecosystem ecologist interested in the implications of interacting global and regional environmental changes, biodiversity and ecosystem functioning and stewardship of wild ecosystems. Her research group studies the drivers and consequences of changing biological diversity and the role of ecology in guiding effective conservation practice.

Website: Zhu Lab
Phone: 831-459-4561

Kai Zhu is a global ecologist and quantitative environmental scientist, interested in the intersection of climate change, biodiversity, and ecosystem processes. His expertise is in global change ecology, ecological modeling, and environmental data science. His research integrates ecological theory with advanced tools in statistics and computer science to understand and forecast ecological response to environmental change. Kai completed his postdoc at Stanford University and received his PhD in ecology and MS in statistics from Duke University.

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