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Clare Aslan, PhD Ecology
Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, 2021 N. Kinney Road, Tucson, AZ 85743-9719,, 520-465-6738.


Mutualisms; Pollination; Seed dispersal; Biological invasions; Plant-animal interactions; Field research design and implementation; Meta-analysis; Natural history education; Community ecology; Conservation biology; Interdisciplinary research design and implementation; Manuscript development


PhD, Ecology, 2010, University of California-Davis, Davis, California.
B.S., Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, 2000, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona


Conservation Research Scientist, Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, 2012-present

Smith Conservation Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of California-Santa Cruz, 2010-2012.

NSF Predoctoral Fellow, University of California-Davis, 2004-2010

Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship, Long-term Trainee, University of California-Davis, 2004-2008

Conservation Intern, Saguaro National Park, Tucson, AZ, 2000-2001







University of Arizona
Guest lecturer, "Conservation Biology" (Undergraduate Course) 2012
  • "Biological invasions and conservation"
University of Hawaii, Hilo 2012
Guest lecturer, "Quantitative Ecology" (Graduate Course)
  • "Meta-analysis: methods and concepts"
Cabrillo College, California 2011
Guest lecturer, "Physical Geography" (Undergraduate Course)
  • "Mutualisms and movement and the implications of species extinctions and introductions for biodiversity"
University of California, Davis 2010
Guest lecturer, "Biological Invasions" (Undergraduate Seminar)
  • "The role of bird dispersal in invasiveness of fleshy-fruited plants"
University of California, Davis 2009
Instructor, "Californian Biodiversity and Rapid Environmental Change"
  • Collaboratively with another graduate student, developed and taught new upper-division undergraduate course entitled "Californian Biodiversity and Rapid Environmental Change." Created course outline, objectives, syllabus; selected covered material and required text; wrote and delivered lectures and exams; graded written assignments. Designed and developed field course component. Course included week-long field course component in which students developed field research skills by working with USGS scientists in eastern California. Student evaluations: average course rating 4.97/5.0; average instructor rating 5.0/5.0.
University of California, Davis 2009
Teaching Assistant, "Population Biology of Weeds"
  • Taught weekly lab focused on weed identification, assisted instructor with large-scale competition experiments, graded exams and written assignments.
  • University of California, Davis 2007 Co-organizer and Graduate Liaison, Society for Conservation Biology Undergraduate Seminar Series
  • Recruited and introduced seminar speakers, handled course logistics, delivered seminars
University of San Francisco, CA 2007, 2008
Guest lecturer, "Invasion Ecology" (Graduate Course)
  • "Bird dispersal and invasive plants in California's Central Valley"
  • University of California, Davis 2006-2009 Mentor
  • Supervised and trained 12 undergraduate research interns. Mentored first-year IGERT graduate students, connecting them with resources and assisting with their early research idea development.
University of California, Davis 2005
Teaching Assistant, "Plant Ecology"
  • Led field trips, formed and conducted study groups, graded exams and written assignments.
Peace Corps, Honduras 2001-2004
Natural Resources Volunteer
  • Worked in rural Honduran village with local elementary school teachers to develop environmental education curriculum. Planned and delivered environmental education lessons. Created Environmental Education and Visitors' Center to teach locals of all ages about species and processes in a regional national park.