Meet the Norris Center Team


    Rita Mehta

  • Rita Mehta

    Faculty Director
    Email:rmehta2@ucsc.edu
    Phone: (831) 459-1490
    Office: Long Marine Lab, 153
    Mailstop: EEB

    I am a first-generation scientist in the United States. I value natural history and basic science research. My research program focuses on the form-function relationship in animals, primarily ectothermic vertebrates (fishes, amphibians, and non-avian reptiles). My interest in structure and function motivates me to ask questions about how animals work and how morphology and behavior evolve.  As the faculty director, I am interested in providing students with opportunities and helping students find a research community at the Norris Center. 

  • Chris Lay

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    Email: cml@ucsc.edu
    Phone: (831) 459-4763
    Office: Natural Sciences 2, Room 241
    Mailstop: ENVS

  • Gizelle Hurtado

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    Norris Center Assistant Director
    Email: gimhurta@ucsc.edu
    Phone: (831) 459-4763
    Room: Natural Sciences 2, Room 239
    Mailstop: ENVS

    I am Latina, with Mayan and Spanish hertiage. I have studied wildlife, natural history, and ecology in many parts of Northern California and in Southern New Mexico. My academic background is in urban ecology, mammals, oak woodlands, behavior, population genetics and wildlife diseases. I have a passion for teaching natural history and ecology, and I am excited to be here at the Norris Center!


  • Juniper Harrower

  • Juniper Harrower

    Art & Science Director
    Email: jharrowe@ucsc.edu
    Phone: (831) 459-4763
    Office: Natural Sciences 2, Room 241
    Mailstop: ENVS

    Specializing in species interactions under climate change, Dr. Juniper Harrower works across disciplines as both an ecologist and an artist. She uses rigorous science methods and a multimedia art practice to investigate human influence on ecological systems while seeking solutions that protect at-risk species and promote environmental justice. She directs the Norris Center Art+Science residency program where she also teaches natural history illustration.


  • Christian Schwarz

  • Christian Schwarz

    Research Associate and Fungal Museum Curator
    Email: cschwarz@ucsc.edu
    Phone: (831) 459-4763
    Office: Natural Sciences 2, Room 241
    Mailstop: ENVS

    Christian is a lecturer for ENVS 19- Natural History of Fungi, Introduction to Community Science.

     


  • Andy Kulikowski

  • Norris Center Research Fellow
    Email: akulikow@ucsc.edu
    Room: Natural Sciences 2, Room 239
    Mailstop: ENVS

     

    Dr. Kulikowski has been the primary entomologist working with the Norris Center for the last five years. He has led much of the effort to curate the Randall Morgan Insect Collection (RMIC) with a taxonomic focus on flies in the family Syrphidae. He has also mentored numerous Norris Center undergraduates and is currently leading research on long-term trends in plant-pollinator communities of California’s coastal dune ecosystems. He serves as the primary instructor for ENVS 108 General Entomology at UCSC.


  • Al Keuter

  • Al Keuter

    Herbarium Vascular Plants Curator
    Email: norris@ucsc.edu
    Phone: (831) 459-4763
    Office: Natural Sciences 2, Room 241 (Thursdays)
    Mailstop: ENVS

    Driven by a lifetime quest to learn what things are and how they work, I'm lucky enough to spend time at the Norris Center each week with a wonderful crew of highly qualified and equally motivated fellow community volunteers.

  • Suzanne Schettler

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    Herbarium Volunteer
    Email: norris@ucsc.edu
    Phone: (831) 459-4763
    Office: Natural Sciences 2, Room 241 (Thursdays)
    Mailstop: ENVS

    I have been a plant nerd since I was a child.  I am a life member of the California Native Plant Society.  I have been active - and president - in three different chapters of CNPS and was the state president for three years.  Over time I have become a decent botanist and really enjoy mounting plant specimens.  It's an aesthetic exercise and educational process.