March 24, 2010
The School of Biological Sciences has formed the Center for Environmental Biology, which will coordinate research partnerships between UCI scientists and neighboring land groups. Projects will focus on integrating translational biological research into management of parks, wilderness and urban ecosystems. Research partners include the Irvine Ranch Conservancy, the Great Park and a number of public agencies. “The center is well positioned to promote research that will aid the comprehensive management of these areas,” said Al Bennett, biological sciences dean. Diane Pataki (shown), ecology & evolutionary biology and Earth system science associate professor, will serve as the center’s founding director.