Rebecca Best is a Ph.D. candidate in population biology at UC Davis’ Bodega Marine Laboratory, where she is investigating communities of small, algae-eating crustaceans in Bodega Bay, on the coast of northern California.
Her research will help us to understand how non-native crustaceans are able to invade this ecosystem, and could also shed new light on the central question of species diversity: Why do we see so many species of plants and animals in one place? Her ultimate aim is to help protect life through a better understanding of its diversity.
A native of Canada, Rebecca received both undergraduate and master’s degrees from the University of British Columbia. While pursuing graduate study, she is also exploring ways to share her fascination with marine science and ecosystems with a wide range of people, including middle-school student participants in her projects, undergraduate researchers, and members of the public who tour the Laboratory.