Ongoing Research

Labyrinth Project

Labyrinth Project

The Labyrinth Project: Exploring the maze of nature in urban LA What do Angelenos want from nature? The answer is as diverse as the city itself. This study will identify, map, and observe a range of issues and controversies that engage residents around issues of biodiversity, sustainability, resilience, and urban ecology. Using on-the-ground ethnographic observations and interactions with residents, activists,…

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Urban Ecology of Los Angeles Mammals: Biodiversity, Pathogen Risks, and Public Perceptions

Urban Ecology of Los Angeles Mammals: Biodiversity, Pathogen Risks, and Public Perceptions

PROJECT SUMMARY Los Angeles County enjoys rich wildlife diversity in the Santa Monica and San Gabriel Mountains, but little is known about the abundance, biodiversity, and population dynamics of mammals within the built city environment of Los Angeles. Mammals are a charismatic part of ‘nature’, yet public perceptions and interactions with urban mammals have not been characterized in L.A. Wild…

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Heredity under the microscope: a history of human chromosomes

Heredity under the microscope: a history of human chromosomes

Principal Investigator(s): Soraya de Chadarevian In the 1950s new microscope based techniques to visualize human chromosomes (the structures in the cell that carry genetic information), raised high hopes to distance the study of human heredity from discredited eugenic and racial practices and place it on a ‘solid scientific basis’. In the vision of its promoters the new approaches had implications…

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After the Keyword: The Virtual Organization of Networked Social Movements

After the Keyword: The Virtual Organization of Networked Social Movements

Principal Investigator(s): Joan Donovan In my current research program, I theorize how information and communication technologies transform the practices of everyday life. My dissertation, Technologies of Social Change: Mapping the Infrastructure of the Occupy Movement from #OccupyWallStreet to #OccupySandy, focuses on technological infrastructure used by networked social movements, particularly Occupy, to communicate and coordinate campaigns and actions. Studying networked movements…

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Dissecting Environmental Influences on Health

Dissecting Environmental Influences on Health

Principal Investigator(s): Patrick Allard Our research addresses critical gaps in our knowledge of our chemical environment and its effect on several aspects of biology and health. In particular, we are interested in understanding how exposure to environmental chemicals may alter the epigenome, reproduction and the process of aging.To tackle these important issues, we are using the model system Caenorhabditis elegans.…

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Studying Germline Maintenance from an Environmental Perspective

Studying Germline Maintenance from an Environmental Perspective

Principal Investigator(s): Patrick Allard A major focus of the laboratory is to understand how environmental exposures alter the function of the germline and therefore reproduction. To address this question, we are using the model system Caenorhabditis elegans. The genetic tools available in the nematode allow the mechanistic dissection of environmentally disrupted germline pathways as well as the comprehensive interrogation of our chemical…

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