Cully Nordby

Associate Director

Institute of the Environment and Sustainability

(310) 267-5607

La Kretz Hall, Suite 300
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1496


Dr. J. Cully Nordby is the Academic Director of the UCLA Institute of the Environment and a behavioral ecologist in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology.

She has a B.S. in zoology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Ph.D. in animal behavior, as well as a graduate certificate in conservation biology, from the University of Washington. While doing postdoctoral research at UC Berkeley, she held a David H. Smith Conservation Research Fellowship through The Nature Conservancy. Her current research focuses on the behavioral ecology and conservation biology of birds, with particular emphasis on understanding how native species respond behaviorally to exotic species invasions. She also teaches courses in environmental science and sustainability.

In 2008, she was apppointed as chair of the UCLA Sustainability Committee and she now also serves on the Environmental Sustainability Committee for the Culver City Unified School District.


Green Shorts – A Student Environmental Short Film Contest

IoES created and launched GreenShorts in 2016. The student environmental short film contest invites three minute or less films that showcase ideas, commentary and vision for our cities and the world. 2016 GreenShorts Contest The 2016 GreenShorts contest collected short film submissions from high school students across the greater Los Angeles area. Finalists and awards...


UCLA: A Living Laboratory for Sustainability

Nurit Katz, J. Cully Nordby

Report Card | 2011