Justin Luong Ph.D Candidate

Curriculum Vitae


Academic History

Doctor of Philosophy in Environmental Studies, 2017-2022
University of California Santa Cruz, CA
Research Focus: Novel strategies for understanding restoration outcomes facing climate change
Advising Committee: Dr. Michael Loik (Primary), Dr. Karen Holl (Co-advised), Dr. Daniel Press
External Committee: Dr. Katharine Suding (University of Colorado, Boulder)

Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies, 2010-2014
University of California, Santa Barbara, CA
Focus: Restoration Ecology


Teaching Experience

Environmental Studies
University of California Santa Cruz, 2018 - Present
Position: Teaching Assistant
Courses:

Biology: Ecology and Evolution
University of California Santa Cruz, 2018
Position: Teaching Assistant
Courses:

The Cheadle Center of Biodiversity and Ecological Restoration
UC Santa Barbara, 2015-2017
1) Position: Field Restoration Ecologist and Coordinator
Teaching Goals: 1. Demonstrate the application of ecological concepts in the field and real world applicability and 2. Teach natural history of coastal ecosystem flora and fauna 2) Position: Research Affiliate 2017-Present


Awards and Grants

UNDERGRAD GRANTS RECEIVED BY MENTEES


Professional Experience

California Marine Sanctuary Foundation
Monterey, CA 2020-Present
Consulting Ecologist
Duties: Create and implement a vegetation monitoring plan for a newly designed grassland restoration project that will be used in conjunction with ranching and public access; conduct annual vegetation monitoring of restoration project; analyze soil samples taken using Loss on Ignition to determine soil organic and inorganic carbon

Luong Restoration and Ecology Internship Program
UC Santa Cruz, CA 2018-Present
Research Mentor and Program Administer
Duties: Mentor 3-15 undergraduate students any given school quarter about ecological research; teach students to complete lab techniques and analysis and present their work in a professional research setting; assist students in completing thesis projects and apply for small grants to complete independent research

UC Santa Cruz Science Internship Program
UC Santa Cruz, CA 2018-Present (summers only)
Research Mentor
Duties: Mentor 3-4 high school students about ecological research; teach students to complete lab techniques and analysis and present their work in a professional research setting

Norris Center for Natural History
UC Santa Cruz, CA 2018-Present
Graduate Student Researcher
Duties: Worked on various projects and tasks; for 3 months, I took high-quality macro-photos of insects for databasing and digitization; for 6 months I assisted in developing a public exhibit focused on “Santa Cruz Naturalists” with a specific focus on diversity, equity and inclusion within the Santa Cruz Naturalist community; for 3 months I managed two internship programs: one based on researching sensitive species within the local bioregion and another focused on decolonizing natural history museum practices

Watsonville Wetland Watch
Freedom, CA 2018-Present (Spring and Summers)
Consulting Ecologist
Duties: Conduct annual vegetation monitoring and statistics for restoration sites completed by Watsonville Wetland Watch from sites that were retired from agriculture

Younger Lagoon Reserve
UC Santa Cruz, 2017-Present (Spring only)
Graduate Student Researcher
Duties: Conduct annual compliance monitoring and reporting; report on reserve research activities; assist and create videos for the online internship education program; assist with repairs on research designs

University of California, Santa Cruz – Chancellor’s Office
UC Santa Cruz, 2019-2020
Graduate Student Researcher
Duties: Develop a campus grassland prioritization and management plan to be used in future development and planning efforts as well as to further conservation efforts on campus; vegetation and wildlife of survey campus grasslands; interviews with relevant stakeholders such as planners, natural resource managers, faculty and community members; conduct a campus wide survey about campus grasslands; analyze existing long term data of campus grasslands

Cheadle Center for Biodiversity and Ecological Restoration
UC Santa Barbara, 2013-2017
Positions: Student Worker (1.5 yrs) – Restoration Assistant (0.5 yrs) – Field Coordinator (1.5 yrs)
Duties: Oversee grassland and wetland restoration activities; coordinate and train students and volunteers; teach non- and native plant ID; conduct endangered species research (Lupinus nipomensis); collect annual vegetation monitoring data; generate reports on grassland restoration and endangered species recovery


Boards and Committees

Environmental Studies Grant Review Committee
2018 – Present

USFWS Nipomo Lupine Endangered Species Recovery Team
2019 – Present

Mark’s Ranch Technical Advisory Committee
2020 – Present

UCSC Ken Norris Natural History Center Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee
2020 – Present

UCSC Environmental Studies BIPOC Resilience Graduate Committee
2020 – Present

California Native Grassland Association
Director-at-Large
2021 - Present


Affiliations

California Native Plant Society (CNPS) Member
2015-Present

The Cheadle Center for Biodiversity and Ecological Restoration (CCBER) Research Affiliate
2017-Present

California Botanical Society Member
2017-Present

California Native Grassland Association (CNGA) Member, Director-at-Large
2018-Present

Northern California Botanists (NCB) Member
2018-Present

Society for Ecological Restoration, California (SERCAL) Member
2018-Present

Sigma Xi Member
2019-Present

American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Member
2019-Present

Ecological Society of America (ESA) Member
2020-Present

Entomological Society of America (ESA) Member
2020-Present