Kristin McCullyE-mail: kmccully@ucla.edu
Curriculum Vitae

  • Coordinator of UCSC Broader Impacts Office
  • Ph.D., Ecology and Evolutionary Biology with Emphasis in Education, University of California, Santa Cruz (2006-2013)
  • B.S. Marine Biology with Specialization in Computing, University of California, Los Angeles (2006-2006)


Brief Biography:

Kristin McCully currently works as Teaching Fellow for the Mathematics for Life Scientists course at UC Los Angeles. While her primary duty is to teach labs focused on computer programming, she also assists students with learning math in her online and in-person office hours, develops homework solution keys, and grades homework and exams. She is also actively involved with UCLA’s Center for Educational Innovation and Learning in the Sciences (CEILS).

Kristin previously worked as Coordinator of UCSC’s Broader Impacts Office. While helping to found this office, she advises researchers on education and outreach activities and how to describe them in grant proposals.

Kristin McCully earned her Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology in 2013 at UC Santa Cruz in the lab of Dr. Donald Potts.  She used tools ranging from Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and gel electrophoresis to driving boats and scuba diving to study the population dynamics of the depleted black-lipped pearl oysters and other bivalves on the coral reefs of Midway Atoll in the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument (Northwestern Hawaiian Islands). Click here for more information on her Biology Research.

In the last few years of her Ph.D., she became very interested in science education and completed a Designated Emphasis (minor) in Education, a dissertation chapter on integrating math into biology education, and a National Science Foundation GK-12 fellowship as a SCWIBLES resident scientist at Watsonville High School. She also served as instructor for Marine Ecology (summer 2014) and Ecology of Reefs, Mangroves, and Seagrasses (winter 2010) at UCSC and as teaching assistant for several courses. In 2010-2014, she served as vice president of UCSC’s Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE) organization. Learn more about her teaching and education research.

Kristin earned her bachelor’s degree at UCLA in 2006, majoring in Marine Biology and minoring in Computer Science. While at UCLA, she conducted independent research on a non-native Japanese oyster (Crassostrea virginica) in Los Angeles harbor and worked as a Marine Habitat Specialist for NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service.

For more details on Kristin’s experience and skills, see her curriculum vitae.