Department Directory







Department Chair: Rita Mehta Department Manager: Stephanie Zakarian
Graduate Program Coordinator: Judy Straub Department Assistant: Eva Chudnow
Undergraduate Program Coordinator/Lead Advisor: Rexton Lynn Undergraduate Advisor: Aubrie Tait
Biology Teaching Laboratory and Facilities Support Technician: Nicole Hack
Department Office: (831) 459-5358 Administrative Office: CBB, Room 207, 209
Kathleen M Kay
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  • Title
    • Professor
    • Jean H. Langenheim Chair in Plant Ecology and Evolution
  • Division Physical & Biological Sciences Division
  • Department
    • Ecology & Evolutionary Biology Department
  • Phone
  • Email
  • Website
  • Office Location
    • CSC Coastal Biology Building, 258
    • 258 Coastal Biology Building
  • Office Hours by appointment
  • Mail Stop CBB/EE Biology
  • Mailing Address
    • 130 McAllister Way
    • Santa Cruz CA 95060
  • Faculty Areas of Expertise Evolution, Plant Sciences, Ecology, Plant Biology, Tropical Forest

Summary of Expertise

Plant Evolutionary Ecology, Evolutionary Genetics

Biography, Education and Training

B.S., UC Davis
Ph.D., Michigan State University
National Parks Postdoctoral Fellow, UC Santa Barbara and UC Berkeley

Teaching Interests

Evolution, Systematic Botany, Active learning and equitable/inclusive pedagogy