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UC Davis Ecologist Awarded Packard Fellowship

Dr. Rachael Bay, a Coastal and Marine Sciences Institute affiliate and faculty member in the UC Davis Department of Evolution and Ecology, has been named a member of the 2021 Class of Packard Fellows!

The Packard Foundation selects Packard Fellows for Science and Engineering for their research promise, creativity, and mentorship, and provides $875,000 over five years to support research by the Fellows. According to Richard Alley, Chair of the Packard Fellowships Advisory Panel, “Packard Fellows are shaping the future of research and academia, and the future of our world as we understand it.”

Bay uses a genomic approach coupled with ecological observations and physiological experiments to understand how and when organisms adapt to climate, with the goal of developing a predictive framework for evolutionary responses to climate change. Her study systems include coral reefs, California's rocky intertidal and seagrass meadows, and both resident and migratory birds. 

Congratulations, Rachael!

From UC Davis News:

University of California, Davis, evolutionary biologist Rachael Bay has been awarded a 2021 Packard Fellowship in Science and Engineering by the David and Lucile Packard Foundation. The fellowship offers Bay, assistant professor in the Department of Evolution and Ecology, College of Biological Sciences, an opportunity to advance her work on the role of human action on evolutionary trajectories of species.

“Rachael Bay’s broad expertise in field ecology, genomics and organismal biology places her among our campus’s leaders in understanding the effect of climate change on an array of marine organisms,” said Mark Winey, dean of the College of Biological Sciences. “In short, she’s done and continues to do wonderful and impactful work. We’re thrilled to see her receive this prestigious fellowship.”

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