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Dean Betsy Dumont, School of Natural Sciences

Dean of the School of Natural Sciences

Elizabeth (Betsy) Dumont joined UC Merced as Dean of the School of Natural Sciences in August 2017.

Previously, she served as vice provost for academic affairs and professor of biology at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Dumont's current research is focused on the morphology and diversification of vertebrates, with current grants to study the biomechanics of shark jaws and the evolution of sensory structures in bats.

Dumont received her bachelor's degree with honors in anthropology from the Indiana University Bloomington and her Ph.D. in physical anthropology from Stony Brook University in New York.

Administrative Leadership

Elizabeth R. Dumont | Dean

Michael Colvin | Associate Dean for Academic Programs

Angie Salinas | Assistant Dean for Student Support


Department Chairs

Mayya Tokman | Applied Mathematics

Anne Kelley | Chemistry and Chemical Biology

Teamrat Ghezzehei | Life & Environmental Sciences

Rudy Ortiz | Molecular Cell Biology

Ajay Gopinathan | Physics

Graduate Group Chairs

Roummel Marcia | Applied Mathematics 

Erik Menke | Chemistry and Chemical Biology

Marta Conklin | Environmental Systems

Chris Amemiya | Quantitative and Systems Biology

Sai Ghosh | Physics

Natural Sciences Executive Committee AY19-20

Kevin Mitchell | Chair 

Tao Ye | Vice Chair

Harish Bhat | Applied Mathematics Representative

Liang Shi | Chemistry and Chemical Biology Representative

Emily Moran | Life & Environmental Sciences Representative

Linda Hirst | Physics Representative