Dr. Philip W. Rundel, Distinguished Professor of Biology, is the director of the Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Garden. Dr. Rundel’s impeccable scientific pedigree, vast leadership experience, and passion for conservation of plant ecosystems make him ideally suited to lead one of UCLA’s most beloved and scientifically important treasures.
A member of the UCLA faculty since 1983, Dr. Rundel holds joint appointments in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability. He also serves as faculty director of UCLA Stunt Ranch Santa Monica Mountains Reserve, a field station for education and research in the Santa Monica Mountains. He was involved with the establishment of the UCLA La Kretz Center for California Conservation Science, and in 2011 received the UCLA Distinguished Teacher Award. He is an Adjunct Research Professor at Murdoch University in Perth, Australia. A fifth generation Californian, he earned his undergraduate degree from Pomona College and Masters and Ph.D. degrees from Duke University.
Dr. Rundel’s research has centered on the ecology, biodiversity and conservation biology of plants and plant communities in arid and semi-arid regions, with a particular focus on comparative studies of the world’s five mediterranean-climate ecosystems.
UCLA’s Division of Life Sciences thanks Professor Arthur Gibson for his many years as director of the Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Garden. His expertise as a botanist was instrumental in developing the garden’s rich potential for supporting a wide range of plant life. Under his stewardship the garden has grown into a valuable research resource as well as a botanical oasis for countless researchers and visitors to UCLA.
We look forward to watching the Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Garden evolve and thrive under the new leadership of Philip Rundel.