elijah catalan

Elijah Catalan

Institute of the Environment and Sustainability

Harnessing eDNA to inform ocean justice

Elijah Catalan is a first year Ph.D. student at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in the Institute of Environment and Sustainability. His research intends to bring together genomic-based biodiversity monitoring, biogeochemistry, Indigenous tribal knowledge, and stewardship programs to understand the resilience of coastal and marine biodiversity to climate change and possibilities for adaptation on the West Coast. He is a class of 2020 alumnus of Howard University in Washington, D.C. where he was a double major in biology and environmental studies. After finishing his graduate studies, Elijah plans to enter a research-based career where he can help protect and empower those communities disproportionately impacted by environmental conditions and underrepresented in the field of environmental conservation.