Bashir A. Ali

University of California, Santa Barbara

Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Biology



2020 - Present University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB)

Ph.D student, Expected graduation 2025

Advisor, Dr. Erika Eliason

Dept. of Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Biology (EEMB)

2016-2020 St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN

B.A. degree, Biology, Statistics and Data Sciences concentration

Honors Thesis: The effect of salinity stress on enzyme function in Mytilus edulis


2020 - Present National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship


2017-218 Doris Duke Conservation Scholar (two summer stipend and travel allowance)

2017-2020 TRIO McNair Scholar (paid research; graduate school preparation)

2019-2020 DataSTEM scholar ($7,000 annually)


Summer 2019 Undergraduate Research Assistant, Vitousek Lab | Cornell University

PI: Dr. Maren Vitousek

2017-2018 Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program | UC Santa Cruz

Summer 2018 Visiting Researcher | University of Washington, Friday Harbor Laboratories

PI: Dr. Brent Hughes

2017-2018 Ecology Lab Undergraduate Researcher | Carleton College

PI: Dr. Dan Hernández

2017-2018 Molecular Ecology Lab Undergraduate Researcher | St. Olaf College

PI: Dr. Jean Porterfield


2017-2020 Co-coordinator/Teaching Assistant | Science Alliance

2018-2020 Cohort Leader | NorthStar STEM Program


B. Hughes.; B. Ali.; N. Noor.; S. Soto.; M. Dethier. "Native and Invasive Macrophytes Differ in Their Effectiveness as Nurseries for Juvenile Endangered Salmon," Estuaries and Coasts. 2020

Ali, B.; Noor, N.; Soto, S.; Hughes, B. “River Otters Lurking in the Sea: Further Evidence of a Paradigm Shift in Conservation” Society for Conservation Biology. 2018

Surviving and Thriving in Dynamic Environments: The effect of experimental challenges on HPA axis function in free-living tree swallows (Tachycineta bicolor): presented at McNair Summer Symposium | 2019

Mytilus edulis: Lactate Dehydrogenase kinetics as a measure of an osmoconformer’s response to stressful saline environments: presented at St. Olaf College Northfield, MN | 2019

Invasive and native species co-function to create suitable habitat for endangered Chinook salmon: presented at Winchell Undergraduate Research Symposium White Bear Lake, MN

Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO) 2018 Summer Meeting in Victoria, BC, Canada.

New Horizons in Conservation Conference, University of California Washington Center in Washington, DC | attended with a travel allowance

Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Alumni Homecoming, Islandwood in Bainbridge Island, WA