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Department Chair: Ingrid Parker Department Manager: Jacqueline Rose
Graduate Adviser: Sarah Arantza Amador Administraive Assistant: Stephanie Zakarian
Undergraduate Adviser: Karina Frazier Undergraduate Adviser: Bee Vadakan
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Department Office: (831) 459-5358 Administrative Office: CBB, Room 207, 209


Pauline Rachel Blaimont
  • Title
    • PhD Candidate
  • Division Physical & Biological Sciences, Graduate Studies Division
  • Department
    • Ecology & Evolutionary Biology Department
  • Phone
    (714) 335-0478
  • Email
  • Website
  • Office Location
    • CSC Coastal Biology Building, Coastal Biology Building; 246
    • Coastal Biology Building; 269
  • Mail Stop CBB/EE Biology
  • Mailing Address
    • 130 McAllister Way; Coastal Biology Building; 269
    • Santa Cruz California 95060

Biography, Education and Training

I am currently a fifth-year PhD candidate in Dr. Barry Sinervo’s Lab at UC Santa Cruz in the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology department broadly studying adaptive potential using both a desert lizard species nearby (Uta stansburiana) as well as a marshland lizard species in France (Zootoca vivipara). These two species have the common trait of being polymorphic, with each morph exhibiting behaviors unique to their morph. I have a variety of studies looking at female thermoregulatory behavior to ultimately investigate how climate change is affecting these species. I also have side projects collaborating with a variety of researchers looking at the effect of parasites and coloration in these species.

I am also involved with WiSE at UCSC (Women in Science and Engineering) and am currently President. I help organize events at local elementary/middle and high schools to bring science activities into the classroom along with many other events put on to bring the campus and local community together.

Fun Fact: I also have an etsy shop called Paulines Menagerie where I crochet hats for cats!

Honors, Awards and Grants

GAANN Fellow

Chateaubriand Fellow

Teaching Interests

Any Courses Related to Ecology and Evolutionary Biology including, but not limited to:

Behavioral Ecology



Introductory General Biology Courses