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Ph.D. Environmental Studies Department, University of California- Santa Cruz
B.S. Biology, University of Nevada- Reno


Director: Las Cruces Biological Station, Organization for Tropical Studies (starting October 17, 2016)

Jr. Research Faculty, University of Hawaii- Manoa (2014-present)

Research Director, American Climber Science Program (2012-present)

NSF Postdoctoral Fellow in Biology, University of Colorado- Boulder (2011-2013)         

Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Hawaii- Manoa (2010)    

Rebecca J Cole

I am a tropical ecologist interested in understanding how human-driven disturbances affect ecosystem structure and function. I aim to use this information to develop viable restoration and land management strategies.  

I am affiliated with the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Management at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. In October 2016, I will join the Organization for Tropical Studies as the Director of the Las Cruces Biological Station in Costa Rica. My research is currently carried out in three different tropical locations: Hawaii Island, southern Costa Rica, and the Peruvian Andes. I also serves as the research director of the American Climber Science Program, a not-for-profit organization that facilitates scientific research in remote and mountain environments.

Take a look at the rest of my web site for more details on research and recent publications.