Shelley is researching the ecology and control of a newly invasive ambrosia beetle species complex in southern California, the polyphagous and Kuroshio shot hole borers (Euwallacea spp. nr. fornicatus). She is interested in the beetle's host selection behavior, varying host susceptibility to infestation, and long-term impacts to riparian plant communities as well as general control strategies for introduced ambrosia beetles.
Carly is an undergraduate studying Environmental Studies at UCSB. She enjoy sports, hiking, traveling, backpacking, and pretty much anything that involves the outdoors. Carly assists Randy Long, a graduate student, in his research on a non-native Tamarix spp. by performing sugar extractions and gathering data on the plant stress responses in different conditions.
Kirsten graduated from UC Santa Cruz in 2017 with a B.S. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. As a Jr. Specialist, Kirsten will be assisting with multiple projects and plans to apply her interest in behavioral ecology to future RIVRLAB research.
Michael is a senior Aquatic Biology major interested in biogeochemical cycles, hydrology, and sustainable use of water resources. He is working in the RIVR Lab assisting Randy Long in his study of the drought/salt tolerances of Tamarix sp. across geographical areas.