Graduate Directory

Clara Qin
  • Title
    • PhD Student
  • Division Social Sciences Division
  • Department
    • Environmental Studies Department
  • Email
  • Website
  • Office Location
    • Nat Sci 2 Main Building, 419
  • Mail Stop No Mailstop

Research Interests

In my ecological research, I aim to understand how soil fungal diversity responds to climate change at large spatial scales, how its responses may be facilitated or hindered by dominant wind patterns, and how local differences in soil microbiota influence the success of organic management of soilborne diseases in strawberry production. The latter project also informs my social sciences research on paradigms in soil science and agronomy.

Biography, Education and Training

B.S. Biology, Stanford University, 2016

M.S. Statistics, Stanford University, 2016


Rent Burden: 53% (what’s this?)


Graduate students at UC Santa Cruz face severe rent burden, often spending over 50% of our income on housing. We are precarious, but we are indispensable.


I stand in solidarity with the COLA campaign.

Selected Publications

Qin, C., Bartelme, R., Chung, Y. A., Fairbanks, D., Lin, Y., Liptzin, D., ... & Zhu, K. (2021). From DNA sequences to microbial ecology: Wrangling NEON soil microbe data with the neonMicrobe R package. Ecosphere12(11), e03842.

Steidinger, B. S., Bhatnagar, J. M., Vilgalys, R., Taylor, J. W., Qin, C., Zhu, K., … Peay, K. G. (2020). Ectomycorrhizal fungal diversity predicted to substantially decline due to climate changes in North American Pinaceae forests, (December 2019), 1–11.

(Editor's ChoiceQin, C., Zhu, K., Chiariello, N. R., & Field, C. B. (2020). Fire history and plant community composition outweigh decadal multi-factor global change as drivers of microbial composition in an annual grassland, 108(2), 611-625.

Zhu, K., Song, Y., & Qin, C. (2019). Forest age improves understanding of the global carbon sink. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 116(10), 3962-3964.