What we are about today is also the result of people who were part of our lab in the past.

Undergraduate - Environmental Studies

Danuta Bennet portrait

My research focuses on disturbance effect in aquatic ecosystems. Through experimental and field studies, I investigate how natural disturbances (fire, flood, and drought) and human related impacts (invasive species, eutrophication and air pollution that results in accelerated climate change) that adversely affect resilience and resistance in aquatic ecosystems.

Putnam is senior graduating this spring with a major in environmental studies and a minor in German. He is an athlete on the UCSB men’s swimming team and plans to work as a firefighter after he graduates.

Graduate Studies

Plant-herbivore interactions and evolution

Gail M. Drus portrait

Gail graduated from our lab in Spring 2013 is now a Biology faculty member at St. Francis University.

Graduate Studies - Ph.D

Jerald (Jerry) Hansen, graduated with a B.S. in Chemistry in June 2017. Jerry was assisting with the synthesis of the tamarisk beetle (Diorhabda sp.) pheromones for the RIVRLab and the California Alliance for Tamarisk Biocontrol.

Student Research Assistant

Student Research Assistant

Cannon is undergraduate at the UCSB studying Environmental Science (B.S.). He plans on pursuing his interests in marine restoration and environmental business management. He also plans on studying abroad in Bangkok, Thailand focusing on key Indo-Pacific coastal habitats in Southern Thailand and Peninsular Malaysia. His other interests include surfing, free diving, and backpacking. 

Restoration of coastal dune communities subject to iceplant invasion

Director of Conservation and Education, Santa Barbara Botanic Garden

Nate graduated from UCSB with a B.S. in Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Biology and a minor in Spatial Studies.  He is helping with coordination of the Tamarisk Alliance, as well as seeking out other biological control projects for the RIVR Lab.

Nicole graduated from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in 2011. She has lived and worked across the country and was the Coordinator for the California Alliance for Tamarisk Biocontrol, creating outreach materials for the RIVRLab. Her interests and experience include natural history collections, beach-nesting shorebirds, invasive species management, and conflict resolution in conservation efforts. 

Graduate Studies - Bren School of Environmental Science and Management (Masters)

Graduate Studies - The Bren School of Environmental Science and Management (Masters)

Shelby graduated from Principia College in 2014 with a B.Sc. in Biology. She helped develop a comprehensive watershed monitoring program for the Santa Clara Watershed.

Sebastian is a senior Ecology and Evolution student specializing in entomology. He is working on identifying insects in biodiversity studies conducted on the Santa Clara River. 

Emily has recently graduated and is now a postdoc in the Dudley Lab. Emily's dissertation work explored the effects of an invasive amphibian, the African clawed frogs, on native amphibian species.  Her work explored predator-prey interactions, pathogen transmission, and invasive species detection using environmental DNA.

Undergraduate Studies

Emily is currently a postdoc in the Dudley Lab.  Her work focuses on the use of environmental DNA to detect species presence and estimate biological diversity.  Currently she is working on a project to detect rare native freshwater mussels, as well as estimate fish and amphibian diversity, in Los Angeles and Ventura Counties.