ABOUT US2020-03-02T10:14:48-08:00

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.

Our goals are to:

  1. Support UCSC students from the first day of class to graduation and beyond by linking them with resources that prepare them for careers or graduate school in ecology and conservation
  2. Provide diverse, and well-trained peer, graduate student and faculty mentors
  3. Connect motivated and capable student researchers with funded research and field-based opportunities
  4. Sustain a supportive, inclusive community for students interested in field-based and research opportunities at UCSC

Erika Zavaleta

Faculty Director
Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, UCSC


Judy Straub

Internship and Fields Program Coordinator
Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, UCSC


Paul DeSalles

Conservation Programs Coordinator

Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, UCSC


Miranda Allen

Experiential Leadership Project Advisor
Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, UCSC


Roxanne Beltran

Post Doctoral Mentor
Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, UCSC

Kyle Reid

Graduate Student Mentor
Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, UCSC

Alexandra Race, M.S.

Ph.D. Candidate, Education
Chancellor’s Graduate Intern

Andrea Santoyo Vidal

Founding Undergraduate Intern
2018 – 2019
Marine Biology, UCSC

Briana Prado

 Undergraduate Intern and Mentor
2019 – 2020
Earth Science and Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, UCSC