Grad student Sara Gonzalez wins policy award from Ecological Society of America

By UC Santa Cruz

Sara Gonzalez, a Ph.D. student in ecology and evolutionary biology at UC Santa Cruz, is among the recipients of the Katherine S. McCarter Graduate Student Policy Awards from the Ecological Society of America (ESA).

This award provides graduate students with the opportunity to receive policy and communication training in Washington, D.C., and meet with lawmakers.

Gonzalez is interested in the ecology of coastal kelp forests and their use as a natural resource. Her research focuses on the environmental and genetic drivers of variation in kelp morphology and production of commercially important chemicals. She is a member of the RC Lab directed by Peter Raimondi and Mark Carr, professors of ecology and evolutionary biology at UC Santa Cruz. Previously, Gonzalez conducted research in Chile as a U.S. Fulbright Student, working with local researchers and kelp harvesters to study the ecology, perspectives, and impacts associated with artisanal kelp harvesting.

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