Department Directory


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
Biology Teaching Laboratory and Facilities Support Technician: Nicole Hack
Department Office: (831) 459-5358 Administrative Office: CBB, Room 207, 209


Sara Tasse Gonzalez

Research Interests

I am fascinated by the ecology of kelp forests and their use as a natural resource. For my dissertation, I am interested in how environmental factors and genetics influence the morphology, chemical content, and nutrient usage in the giant kelp--the world's most widespread and fastest-growing algae. My research takes place in coastal California and Chile.

Biography, Education and Training

I received my B.S. in Biological Sciences from Cornell University in 2016. During my undergraduate career, I conducted research on estuarine shrimp parasites at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center in Edgewater, MD; gull chicks at Shoals Marine Laboratory on Appledore Island, ME; waterbirds and rainforest frogs at field stations in Costa Rica through the Organization for Tropical Studies; and riparian songbirds and insects at Cornell University. 


Honors, Awards and Grants

Fulbright Student Scholarship, U.S. State Department (2017)

Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need Fellowship (2016-2019)