Elsa Cleland is currently an Assistant Professor in the Division of Biological Sciences at UC San Diego, with a research focus on ecosystem responses to environmental change.
She received her PhD from Stanford University in 2005 and was a Postdoctoral Fellow and the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis at UC Santa Barbara before joining the faculty at UCSD. Her research has demonstrated that the timing of plant growth is a key indicator of species responses to global change, and shows that ecosystems often respond in surprising, non-linear ways when exposed to multiple, simultaneous environmental changes.
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