Cesar O. Estien is a first-generation college graduate and Ph.D. student in UC Berkeley’s Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management in Dr. Christopher Schell's lab focusing on advancing our understanding of the human-wildlife-environment nexus. He is currently investigating how heterogeneity within (and between) cities underpins wildlife behavior, health, and community dynamics through an environmental justice lens.
Prior to arriving at UC Berkeley, Cesar completed his undergraduate degree at Florida State University where he investigated how microplastics influence fertilization success in broadcast spawning organisms with Dr. Don Levitan. Following his undergraduate degree, Cesar worked at Benton Lake National Wildlife Refuge and Hastings Natural History Reservation before entering a post-bac position at the University of Cincinnati. During his post-bac, Cesar worked with Dr. Elizabeth Hobson to investigate mechanisms influencing vocal variation in monk parakeets and how to use auditory cues to assist in wildlife management. Throughout this time, Cesar served as the Marketing and Outreach Coordinator for ESA's Student Section where he helped develop a program that aided in the career development of students in ecology. While in this position, he led a manuscript that analyzed virtual conferences as a space for advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion. Currently, he serves as the Co-Chair for the Environmental Justice Section of ESA where he assists in leading projects that aim to advance how ecologists view justice and equity. Additionally, Cesar is involved with DEI initiatives with the Graduate Diversity Council (GDC) in ESPM, writes for the urban ecology blog Life in the City, and has created an equitable and inclusive outdoor program entitled "PEN".
Estien, C.O.*, E. B. Myron*, C. A. Oldfield, and A. Alwin. 2021. Virtual Scientific Conferences: Benefits and How to Support Underrepresented Students. Bulletin for the Ecological Society of America. 102(2):e01859. https://doi.org/10.1002/bes2.1859
Honors and Awards
Oliver Lyman Award (2022)
ESA Trailblazing Award in Education (2022)
William Simes Research Award (2022)
National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship (2021)