tanner waters

Tanner Waters

Ph.D. student

Institute of the Environment and Sustainability

La Kretz Hall, Suite 300
Los Angeles, CA 90095


Tanner Waters is a second-year doctoral student working under Dr. Eagle and Dr. Ambrose. He graduated with a B.S. in Environmental Science, B.A. in Earth and Ocean Science and a minor in Biology from Duke University. While there he researched arsenite induced mitochondrial toxicity in C. elegans with mitochondrial mutations. Additional previous research includes four months in Costa Rica and Panama studying tropical biology and an internship at The Scripps Research Institute developing a biosensor for high throughput screening of kinase inhibitors. His passion for the environment was showcased through civic engagement at Duke. Tanner worked for Sustainable Duke for four years while leading a divestment movement and founding the Duke Climate Coalition. 


At UCLA, Tanner is studying the impact of seagrass restoration on biodiversity using environmental DNA metabarcoding as well as studying the influence that varying pH and temperature regimes have on phytoplankton assemblages across Southern California. Tanner is a fellow with the Center for Diverse Leadership in Science and is actively working on increasing diversity, equity and inclusion in the sustainability movement.