Patrick Green ’09

Patrick Green ’09 graduated with a BS in Ecology, Behavior, and Evolution.  After some time spent teaching outdoor education, he returned to work in EEB as a field assistant for Dr. Greg Grether, a research assistant for Dr. Blaire Van Valkenburgh, and a TA in the department. He began a PhD program in Organismic and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, in 2011, and this year he moved (with my PhD advisor, Dr. Sheila Patek) to Duke University. He is now in my 3rd year, researching the interaction of functional morphology and animal behavior in mantis shrimp (Stomatopoda).

“I frequently look back on my time at UCLA as broadening my interests, and then allowing me to shape them into my current career path. I truly appreciate Dr. Grether and Dr. Van Valkenburgh’s help in allowing me to work with them, and the flexibility of the EEB program in allowing me to teach undergraduates. The wonderful experiences I had in the EEB program stick with me to this day!”

Gina Lovasi (Schellenbaum) ’01

Gina Schellenbaum (now Lovasi) ’01 graduated with a BS in Ecology, Behavior and Evolution. “Dr. Lovasi awarded Calderone prize Dr. Gina Lovasi, assistant professor of epidemiology, has been awarded the Frank A. Calderone Junior Faculty Prize, which gives $25,000 to support her research efforts on the project “Neighborhood commercial resources and sudden cardiac arrest.” The prize was established by the Calderone family in 1986 to honor Dr. Calderone’s distinguished career and life-long commitment to the health of the public.”

Susanne Marczak ’08

Susanne MarczakSusanne Marczak ’08 is in her second year as a Research Technician at the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research, Applied Animal Ecology Division, where she participates in a variety of research projects and assists with the administration of the Cocha Cashu Biological Station in the Peruvian Amazon. Her primary research focus concerns a local western burrowing owl habitat restoration program utilizing California ground squirrels as ecosystem engineers to help restore and maintain grassland environments that serve as habitat for burrowing owls.

Elizabeth (Hernandez) Caluag ’00

Elizabeth (Hernandez) Caluag ’00 is currently the Laboratory Manager for Biological Sciences and Chemistry programs at Coastline Community College. In this capacity, Elizabeth oversees daily laboratory operations, health and safety compliance, serves as a mentor for the department’s work-based learning program and designs/evaluates instructional materials. Elizabeth is also a lecturer for General Microbiology and has recently had a submission published in ASM’s Microbe Library (“Slide Catalase Test of Proteus vulgaris.”)

Jana J. (Sprute) Johnson PhD ’08

19_Alum_JanaJohnsonJana J. (Sprute) Johnson PhD ’08 received tenure this year with the Biology Department of Moorpark College and teaches everything from Marine Biology to Human Anatomy.  Her lab, “The Butterfly Project” was contracted to bring a third endangered Lepidopteran in house for research and rearing (Laguna Mountain Skipper is joining the Palos Verdes Blue butterfly & Lange’s Metalmark butterfly that are currently in her lab).  Her former butterfly intern Adam Clause received the Presidential Scholarship (full ride) to work on his PhD at The University of Georgia (so both the undergrads and the leps are benefitting from The Butterfly Project).  This spring, they were able to release endangered butterflies back to the wild in conjunction with her nephew’s Make-A-Wish trip prior to his passing two months later, one of the most moving moments of her life.