Nicole Crane
Biology Faculty
Biology, Environmental Science
Room 620 (when campus is open)

Office Hours for Spring 2021: 

Monday and Wed 11:00-12:00 for Marine Bio 11B: use this link

Tuesday and Thursday for Biology 9B (these will start formally on March 16, but can be used earlier if you contact me first): use this link

A bit about me

My main teaching is in the fields of biology, marine biology, ecology, environmental science and applied research. I teach Plant Biology & Ecology (Bio 9B), Marine Biology (Bio 11B) Environmental Science (ES 10) and Applied Research (Bio 450/451) at Cabrillo. I also take Cabrillo and other students to a field program in Micronesia each summer (temporarily halted due to COVID). I also teach a summer field ecology class in Big Sur through Wildlands studies. I believe in helping students learn to DO biology, and understand the process in addition to the facts of science. I welcome ALL students, and am committed to fostering success and enjoyment of biology and citizen science, as well as preparation for future careers and education.

My research and field work are focused on conservation biology (marine conservation), and collaborative conservation solution building with communities (local and indigenous). It includes temperate and tropical reef monitoring, marine conservation and management, fish biology, stream ecology, plant communities, marine mammal ecology, and recruitment and retention in the sciences - in particular those students underrepresented in the sciences. I am an avid scuba diver and dive instructor, and my family and I enjoy travel to Central and South America, Africa, and the West Pacific for both research and fun! Our main field project is the One People One Reef program, a US and CA non-profit, in the outer islands of Micronesia.

Some other things I am involved with: I was the co-founder of the Cabrillo Sustainability subcommittee and serve on that committee. I am also an associate at the California Academy of Sciences (check out their awesome website and programs!), and the co-chair of the Santa Cruz Marine Protected Area Collaborative. Finally, I serve on the board of the Society for Marine Conservation Marine section, and there are often super great opportunities there for students! I am also a Fellow National of the Explorers club, and there are fun seminars and opportunities for students here too.