Victoria Sork was appointed Dean of Life Sciences in the UCLA College of Letters and Science in 2009. From 2004 to 2009 Professor Sork chaired UCLA’s Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, where she has been on faculty in this department and the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability since 2002.
Elected in 2004 as a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, she has conducted pioneering research in the field of landscape genomics, which integrates genomics, evolutionary biology and conservation science. She is particularly concerned with the ecological and genetic processes that will determine whether California oaks will tolerate climate change.
Through studies for tree species in California, eastern US, and the tropics funded by the National Science Foundation and other agencies, her research has yielded more than 100 publications in major evolutionary, ecological, and environmental journals as well as large number of presentations at national and international conferences, symposia and seminars. She is an eclectic and passionate teacher, a dedicated student mentor, and a reputed administrator.
A native of Los Angeles, she holds a Ph.D. in biological sciences from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. She earned a B.S. in biological sciences with honors from the University of California, Irvine.
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