Bradley Cardinale, a UCSB assistant professor of ecology, evolution, and marine biology, has received the Harold J. Plous Award for 2009-10. The award is presented each year to an assistant professor from the humanities, social sciences, or natural sciences who has shown exceptional achievement in research, teaching, and service to the university.
Cardinale, who has been a member of the UCSB faculty since 2005, has done internationally acclaimed work, for which his research support totals nearly $2 million, including grants from the National Science Foundation. Cardinale’s research focuses on documenting the impact of species extinction on biological processes essential to the existence of life on Earth.
Aside from his own research, Cardinale teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses, and has been involved with UCSB’s Pre-College Internship Program, which provides six-week summer internships for high school students.