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

I investigate how plants and soil fungi in North America influence each other's spatial distributions, and assess the risk of decoupled plant-fungal interactions under climate change. I extend these methods to the study of soil-borne diseases in strawberry, in order to identify the microbial mechanisms of disease suppression under various crop rotations and soil amendments.

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.


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Selected Publications

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.