Heart di Vite: For the Love of Art, Science, and Our Environment

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Elsa Cleland

Assistant Professor, Ecology, Behavior and Evolution, UCSD

Elsa Cleland received her PhD from Stanford University and was a post-doctoral researcher at the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis in Santa Barbara, California. Today, UC San Diego is lucky to have her as an Associate Professor in Ecology, Behavior and Evolution. She studies the response of plant communities and ecosystems to global environmental changes, such as climate change, nitrogen deposition, elevated CO2, and invasive species. She is also developing strategies for restoration of native plant communities in the context of present and future environmental changes. Her research has brought her to diverse ecosystems, from Arctic tundra to Kenyan rainforests.