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Community news: Hoover's Tour of Homes, Professor Carlos Robles wins award

November 14, 2012|By Joyce Rudolph

Carlos Robles of La Crescenta is the recipient of this year’s Cal State L.A. President’s Distinguished Professor Award. He is an environmental biologist and director of the university’s Center for Environmental Analysis. He and five other faculty members were recently honored on campus during the Fall Faculty Day.

He has published numerous articles on the dynamics of predation in seashore communities of California and British Columbia. His innovative work on predator-prey relationships has been featured in textbooks and in an interactive display at the California Science Center in Exposition Park.

Having received more than $17 million in research and research training grants, Robles’ efforts support innovative training in environmental research, including classroom exercises, special field experiences at remote field stations, and internships with government agencies concerned with the environment.

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Robles co-directed the Luis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation/ Bridges to the Doctorate Program, which provided fellowship support to students from underrepresented backgrounds. He is on the Executive Committee of the Cooperative Institute on Marine Ecosystems and Climate, a new research institute established by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to study the impacts of global climate change.

For 11 years, Robles served as director of Cal State L.A.’s Center for Environmental Analysis, funded by the National Science Foundation. Under Robles’ direction, the center became a nationally recognized model for diversity-centered environmental education, reaching out to pre-college students and placing numerous graduates from underrepresented groups in doctorate programs and government agency positions.

JOYCE RUDOLPH can be reached at rudolphjoyce10@gmail.com.

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