Associate Professor Santiago Ramirez Named as a Chancellor's Fellow

The 2019-20 Chancellor’s Fellows
The 2019-20 Chancellor’s Fellows, from left: Top row — Christopher Barker, Eleonora Grandi, Jane Gu, Erin Hamilton, Maceo Montoya and Santiago Ramirez. Bottom row — Shalini Satkunanandan, Christopher Simmons, Anne Todgham, Aijun Wang, Megan Welsh and Nicolas Zwyns.

UC Davis has named its new class of Chancellor’s Fellows, marking the 20th anniversary of the program that provides philanthropic support to exceptional early career faculty members.

Associate Professor Santiago Ramirez, Department of Evolution and Ecology, was among the 20th class of Chancellor's Fellows. A world expert on orchid bees, Ramirez draws from a diverse blend of knowledge to better understand the evolution and ecology of bees. He combines natural history, fieldwork and behavior with cutting-edge genomics and chemical analysis to uncover the interplay among bees, orchids and their perfume compounds. This work highlights how plants and bees can coevolve, with strong implications for issues of biodiversity.

“His activities epitomize the ideal performance of an early career faculty member,” said Mark Winey, dean of the College of Biological Sciences.

The fellowships come with cash awards — $25,000 this year — for research or other scholarly work.

“It’s unrestricted, so it allows allows you to do research that you’ve been thinking about doing that you couldn’t get funding for,” said Aldrin Gomes, associate professor of neurobiology, physiology and behavior, a 2017 Chancellor’s Fellow — and, who, like all Chancellor’s Fellows, keeps the title for five years.

“It allows you to be yourself and really incorporate undergrads and graduate students in a project, which allows them also to shine.”

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