Rob Crystal-Ornelas

PhD Candidate in Ecology and Evolution

Rutgers University / UC Davis Bodega Marine Lab


I am a PhD candidate in Ecology and Evolution at Rutgers University and a visiting graduate student at the UC Davis Bodega Marine Lab.

I am an ecological meta-analyst.

I am the chair of the Ecological Society of America's Student Section.

I make art and host a podcast called Science in Progress.

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Recent news

Check out my co-authored publication on the benefits of Sci-Art practices.  Open-access in the ESA Bulletin.

My podcast Science in Progress is available anywhere you find podcasts!  In each episode, I interview students and research techs about their experiences beginning careers in science.


My research on the Pin-tailed Whydah, an invasive brood parasite, published in The Condor.  Also, written-up in the New York Times, Smithsonian Magazine, Mother Nature Network!