I believe strongly in fostering scientific inquiry in students of all ages. Here are a couple of students and programs that I’ve worked with over the years.

Michigan State senior thesis project
UC Santa Barbara senior thesis projects
UC Santa Barbara programs

Michigan State University senior project

Steven Lott is investigating the foliar characteristics that affect leaf hydrophobicity and thus influence foliar water uptake. He is presenting this work for a seminar and university-wide symposium.

UC Santa Barbara senior projects


Monica Lee explored how fog-plant interactions affected fog drip chemistry in Coastal Sage Scrub species. Pictured here constructing fog drip collectors in the field.


Aria Bauman surveyed and interviewed students in a field ecology class to determine the effectiveness of a field course and the value of having a field component. Pictured monitoring plant phenology to help me with summer fieldwork (on the right).


Josie Lesage determined the effects of fog drip on water relations of Artemisia californica (California sagebrush). Pictured here performing pre-dawn xylem pressure potential measurements. She is now a graduate student in Ecology at UC Santa Cruz. Her work resulted in a publication.

other UC Santa Barbara programs

I have had a tremendous amount of help from other undergraduates at UCSB. Thanks to:
Jaime Voong, Kara Clay, Jeremy Dean, Kristin Arakawa, Noelle Ocen-odoge, Alex Swider, Jacob Wverka, Charlotte Jacobs, Alexa Penalosa, Mark Mallari

Summer Institute in Mathematics and Science (SIMS)


Worked with four enthusiastic incoming freshman on various fog projects. (Bianca Felix, Kellie Toyofuku, Jason Dai and Jessica Bullington)

Jack Kent Cooke Bridges Mentor


Worked with four ambitious community college students looking to excel in the sciences. (Carlos Godinez, Karla Elias, Atl Arredondo, Michael Morey)
Pictured below is the construction of fog collectors for Josie’s senior thesis project


Summer Research Mentorship Program


Worked closely with a high school student to develop a small summer project. (Brandy Nisbet, in the center)