Learn more about our program mission and staff.


Meet our 2021 cohort scholars and program alumni.


View the list of summer research internships at UC Santa Cruz.


Check out these guides for diving into field research.

Supporting Diverse Future Leaders in Ecology & Conservation

The Center to Advance Mentored, Inquiry-Based Opportunities (CAMINO) is an inclusive community that aims to propel excellence by diverse undergraduates in ecology and conservation.

Updates from the Center

1. Congratulations to Raquel Lozano

Congratulations to Raquel Lozano, CAMINO 2020 alum, for presenting at the 2021 California Alliance for Minority Participation (CAMP) Statewide Research Symposium. Lozano won “Special Merit” in the Life Sciences Division, and runner up for the symposium-wide “Best Video” award! For more information on CAMP and the STEM Diversity Programs visit the link or stemdiv.ucsc.edu/camp.

2. Sarah Wood, CAMINO 2019 alum

Sarah Wood, CAMINO 2019 alum, published a peer-viewed paper in PLOS ONE, “Accuracy and precision of citizen scientist animal counts from drone imagery.” Wood’s research was gathered across 212 days with the help of over 1,500 volunteers to count seals and sea lions in over 90,000 photographs. Check out the full paper here!

3. Building a Better Fieldwork Future

Building a Better Fieldwork Future (BBFF) Program at CAMINO is thrilled to announce the launch of its new website: fieldworkfuture.ucsc.edu. You can read the latest news from the BBFF Program, see some of our new Certified Trainersaccess resources about harassment and assault prevention in fieldwork settings and meet the team!

UC Santa Cruz Land Acknowledgement

The land from which we base our work is the unceded territory of the Awaswas-speaking Uypi Tribe. The Amah Mutsun Tribal Band, comprised of the descendants of indigenous people taken to missions Santa Cruz and San Juan Bautista during Spanish colonization of the Central Coast, is today working hard to restore traditional stewardship practices on these lands and heal from historical trauma.