Pamela L. Reynolds, Ph.D.
biodiversity - team science - quantitative ecology - coastal marine ecosystems - data science
I am a naturalist at heart interested in the causes and consequences of changing biodiversity in coastal marine communities. I leverage emerging tools and technologies to unite and manage complex data sources, and work with diverse teams of researchers and students to address global challenges. With a PhD in Biology and undergraduate degrees emphasizing evolution and ecology as well as English, I embrace the the diversity of modes of inquiry and ways we know about ourselves and the world around us.
Though my undergraduate, PhD and postdoctoral work I have developed research skills in experimental, behavioral, restoration, species invasion, and chemical ecology. I have worked in nearshore ecosystems ranging from seagrasses to the rocky intertidal and subtidal, fouling, coral reef, marsh and mud flat habitats across both Pacific and Atlantic coasts to explore how individual and community-level changes influence ecosystem functioning at both local and global scales to inform effective ecosystem management and policy.
As the project manager for the international Zostera Experimental Network and academic coordinator for the UC Davis Data Science Initiative, my professional skills also include project and data management, team science leadership, and data science.
I have taught: upper and lower division courses in evolution and ecology, experimental biology, marine ecology, animal behavior, invertebrate zoology; graduate level courses in community ecology and biodiversity; and workshops on team science, data management, and introductory programming. I enjoy science communication and interacting with the public. By teaching the next generation of scientists I hope to foster a data-literate community committed to and engaged in the scientific progress.