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. 

Giacomo Bernardi
  • Title
    • Professor
  • Division Physical & Biological Sciences Division
  • Department
    • Ecology & Evolutionary Biology Department
    • Institute of Marine Sciences
  • Affiliations Environmental Studies Department
  • Phone
    831-459-5124
  • Email
  • Fax
    831-459-3383
  • Website
  • Office Location
    • Long Marine Lab Ocean Health Building, A248
    • Center For Ocean Health
  • Office Hours by appointment
  • Mail Stop Long Marine Lab
  • Mailing Address
    • 100 Shaffer Road
    • Santa Cruz CA 95060

Research Interests

Molecular Ecology and Evolution of Fishes

Our laboratory research focuses on understanding speciation mechanisms in marine organisms. We have elected to specifically work on fishes as model systems. To approach this vast question, we mainly investigate two different fields of molecular evolution:

* Molecular phylogenetics: We are interested in understanding phylogenetic relationships between species complexes that correspond either to large groups (Scarids) of fishes, or to species that are in the process of speciation (i.e., Girella, Dascyllus).
* Population genetics: We are generally interested in studying the relationships between dispersal capabilities and gene flow in fish populations.

Our main areas of investigation are the temperate and subtropical Eastern Pacific, the Sea of Cortez, and the Indo-West Pacific.

Biography, Education and Training

B.A., M.S., Ph.D., University of Paris
Post-Doc at Hopkins Marine Station, Stanford University