Phil Spinks, Ph.D.
Operations Manager and UCLA Staff Research Associate
Department: Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology UCLA La Kretz Center for California Conservation Science
La Kretz Hall
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1496
2004 - PhD - University of California, Davis - Ecology
1997- BS - University of California, Davis - Evolution and Ecology
My research revolves around conservation genetics and systematics. Specifically, I am interested in applying molecular genetic techniques to problems in conservation biology, and also understanding processes that lead to and maintain patterns of genetic diversity at various levels from populations to deep phylogenetic history. My work combines laboratory and field studies to investigate phylogeography and ecology of the western pond turtle (Emys marmorata), and conservation phylogenetics and systematics of freshwater turtles.