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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 and is a Professor in the Life and Environmental Sciences department.

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

Dumont and her lab members study links between anatomy, behavior, ecology and biomechanics in the diversification of vertebrates. Most of her work focusses on neotropical leaf-nosed bats, but she has also published studies of birds, fishes, carnivorans, primates, moles and marsupials. 

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.


Elizabeth R. Dumont | Dean

Michael Colvin | Associate Dean for Academic Programs

Angie Salinas | Assistant Dean for Student Support

Ernie Costello | Senior Assistant Dean and Chief of Finance and Operations



Suzanne Sindi | Applied Mathematics

Ryan Baxter | Chemistry and Biochemistry

Carolin Frank | Life and Environmental Sciences

Kirk Jensen | Molecular and Cell Biology

Linda Hirst | Physics



Justin Yeakel | Biology



Maxime Theillard | Applied Mathematics 

Michael Findlater | Chemistry and Biochemistry

Emily Moran | Environmental Systems

Fred Wolf | Quantitative and Systems Biology

David Strubbe | Physics



Emily Jane McTavish | Chair & Life and Environmental Sciences Representative

Anne Kelley | Vice Chair & Chemistry and Biochemistry Representative

Chrysoula Tsogka | Applied Mathematics Representative

Lin Tian | Physics Representative

TBD  | Molecular and Cell Biology Representative