To promote interdisciplinarity as the core of the PhD program’s identity, each student’s program of study and dissertation research will be guided by two advisors, from distinct areas of research and scholarship.

We strongly encourage applicants to identify prospective areas of study, and to identify and communicate with at least one potential advisor before completing an application. The availability and interest of faculty advisors in applicants’ areas of interest will be one factor considered in admissions decisions.

Prospective advisors of students in the program will typically be drawn from the faculty of the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability. If appropriate, advisors may also be drawn from other UCLA faculty, who represent a vast range of expertise across the physical and life sciences, humanities, fine arts, social sciences, and major fields of professional training.

To guide your search for appropriate faculty advisors, we have grouped IoES faculty into broad categories of expertise below. Faculty appear under multiple categories.