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. 

Martin F. Quigley
  • Title
    • Executive Director
    • Adjunct Professor
  • Division Academic Affairs
  • Department
    • Arboretum
    • Environmental Studies Department
    • Ecology & Evolutionary Biology Department
  • Affiliations Ecology & Evolutionary Biology Department
  • Phone
  • Email
  • Office Location
    • Arboretum 1, 11
  • Mail Stop Arboretum
  • Mailing Address
    • UCSC Arboretum, 1156 High Street
    • Santa Cruz CA

Summary of Expertise

Landscape Ecology, Restoration Ecology, Botany, Horticulture, Landscape Architecture

Research Interests


Phytoremediation of heavy metals with native plants

Accelerated post-agricultural plant community restoration

Mycorrhizal amelioration of drought stress

Plant  community de-coupling in response to climate change

Structure and biodiversity in seasonal forests




Teaching Interests


General Ecology


Conservation Biology