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About the Dean

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

Angie Salinas | Assistant Dean for Student Support

Annette Garcia | Assistant Dean for Faculty Support


Department Chairs

Francois Blanchette | Applied Mathematics

Anne Kelley | Chemistry and Chemical Biology

Peggy O'Day | Life & Environmental Sciences

Rudy Ortiz | Molecular Cell Biology

Ajay Gopinathan | Physics