Research Assistants

Charlie is a research assistant here at UCSB after earning a Bachelors in Ecology and Masters in Entomology at the University of Georgia. His research interests include questions related to island biogeography, community ecology, and how assemblages and their multi-species interactions are altered due to climate change and other human-induced disturbances. He has a wide array of field work experiences ranging from sea turtle monitoring on the beaches of Antigua to stream habitat assessment in the mountains of Sub-Antarctic Chile. His work with the RIVR lab focuses on biocontrol, invertebrate diversity surveys, and indicator species monitoring to evaluate restoration efforts and better understand local riparian systems.  

Sean graduated from UCSB in 2015 with B.A. in Environmental Studies with a focus in Geography. He is the restoration field site manager for the Santa Clara River  Project.

Ellen graduated from UC Davis in 2018 with a B.S. in Evolution, Ecology, and Biodiversity. Ellen assists with multiple RIVRLAB projects with an emphasis on the invasive Giant Reed (Arundo donax) and its interactions with the Tetramesa romana wasp and the Rhizaspidiotus donacis scale insect.

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.