Rachel Carson College Faculty Fellows

Sikina Jinnah

Sikina Jinnah is Rachel Carson College's new faculty chair!

The Chair of the Faculty is an Academic Senate member, other than the Provost, who is elected by the college Faculty to serve a two year term, and will serve as a member of the Executive Committee.

Dr. Jinnah is an Associate Professor in the Politics Department, an affiliated faculty member in the Environmental Studies Department, and a 2017 Andrew Carnegie Fellow. Her research focuses on the shifting locations of power and influence in global environmental governance, and in particular the role of transnational actors in environmental decision-making. Her most recent projects examine how key norms in global climate politics shape power relations, the role of U.S. preferential trade agreements in shaping environmental policy in trading partner nations, and the politics of climate engineering governance. 

Beth Shapiro
  • Title
    • Professor
    • Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator
    • Howard Hughes Medical Institute Professor
  • Division Physical & Biological Sciences Division
  • Department
    • Ecology & Evolutionary Biology Department
    • Genomics Institute
  • Affiliations Genomics Institute, Rachel Carson College, Cowell College
  • Phone
    831-459-3003 (Office), 831-459-3009 (Lab)
  • Email
  • Website
  • Office Location
    • Biomedical Sciences, 144
    • 219 CBB
  • Office Hours Tuesdays 11:30-12:30 or by appointment
  • Mail Stop CBB/EE Biology
  • Mailing Address
    • 1156 High Street
    • Santa Cruz CA 95064
  • Faculty Areas of Expertise Ancient DNA, Genomics, Ecology, Molecular Evolution, Evolution

Summary of Expertise

Molecular evolution; Genome evolution; Ancient DNA

Research Interests

My research aims to better understand how populations and species change through time, in particular in in response to environmental and other changes to their habitat. To address this, my group uses the latest experimental and computational approaches to analyze genetic information isolated from fossil and archived remains. I am particularly interested in learning what drives two particularly important evolutionary processes: speciation and extinction.

Biography, Education and Training

BS, Ecology, University of Georgia (1999)
MS, Ecology, University of Georgia (1999)
DPhil, Zoology, Oxford University (2003)

Honors, Awards and Grants

Packard Fellow, 2010
PopTech Science and Public Leadership Fellow, 2010
National Geographic Emerging Explorer, 2010
MacArthur Fellow, 2009
Searle Scholar, 2009
University Research Fellow, The Royal Society, 2006
Rhodes Scholar, 1999

Teaching Interests

Evolutionary Biology
Molecular Ecology