Double the Recognition
It’s one honor after another for UC Santa Barbara’s Erika Eliason. The assistant professor in the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology (EEMB) has been recognized by two research societies for her work in ecological and evolutionary physiology. The Society for Experimental Biology (SEB) has awarded Eliason the 2021...
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