About Us


SCSCB is the Santa Cruz Chapter of the Society for Conservation Biology (SCB). The SCB is “an international professional organization dedicated to promoting the scientific study of the phenomena that affect the maintenance, loss, and restoration of biological diversity” (from their website).

Our chapter’s mission statement:

To promote the application of science in solving conservation problems and protecting biological diversity in our community.

Become a member!

Sign up for SCSCB here!

You can sign up for SCSCB without paying member dues, though we do request an optional $5 dues payment from all members. Paypal option to pay for your membership is coming soon!


Justine Smith (President)IMG_2096

Justine is a 5th year PhD student at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Her research focuses on conservation behavior and the indirect effects of human-induced fear in carnivores. She is a member of the Santa Cruz Puma Project and runs the citizen science program Conservation Scats. Through her research, she hopes to bridge conservation behavior and community ecology to better develop holistic wildlife conservation plans. Justine is also a member of The Wildlife Society’s Urban Wildlife Working Group, a student representative for the Wild Felid Association, and a mentor for two undergraduate research internship programs. Justine is dedicated to bridging different fields in ecology and integrating the public to reach conservation solions.
website: justineasmith.sites.ucsc.edu

unnamed-10Sabrina Shirazi (Vice President)

Sabrina Shirazi is a first year PhD student at UC Santa Cruz. She got her B.A. and B.S. from the University of Maryland in Anthropology and an individual studies major combining genetics, evolution and bioinformatics. While in MD, she worked with the Smithsonian Center for Conservation Genomics using DNA from archaeological and modern specimens to examine how and when humans were translocating animals. This allowed for an understanding of the antiquity and invasion of certain animals, informing decisions in the removal of animals for conservation purposes. At UC Santa Cruz, she will be continuing with similar research studying genomic level changes that can inform past human influence.

Ricardo Ruiz (Secretary)unnamed-9

Ricardo (Rico) Ruiz is a third year undergraduate student pursuing a degree in environmental studies and a minor in biology. During his time at UC Santa Cruz he has been involved with multiple restoration projects to improve the health of our natural environment by increasing the biodiversity of species within the Santa Cruz mountains and along our coast. He strongly believes that conservation efforts are more critical than ever during this time and he couldn’t enjoy what he does more.

Carla Sette (Treasurer)

unnamed-4Carla Sette is a 4th year PhD student at UC Santa Cruz. She got her Master’s degree at San Francisco State University, studying how host sociality and environmental factors play a role in present-day levels and the historical spread of the amphibian disease, chytridiomycosis. She currently studies climate-driven extinction risks of Sphaerodactyline geckos in South America. In her research, Carla employs mathematical modeling to describe complex ecological systems.
website: cmsette.wordpress.com/about/


Committee Chairs

Grey Hayes
Conservation Committee Chair

Previous Officers

Abe Borker

Caleb Bryce