Simone Des Roches


illustrator, naturalist

I study:
ecological (habitat use, ecomorphology, foodwebs, demographics)
evolutionary (ongoing natural selection, adaptation)dynamics in geologically young, novel, & dynamic ecosystems

Postdoctoral Fellow (July 2016 - tbd)
Advisor: E. Palkovacs
Institute for the Study of Ecological Effects of Climate Impacts
University of California, Santa Cruz, CA, USA

Adjunct Faculty
Department of Biology
St Mary's College of California, Moraga, CA, USA 


Berkeley Connect Fellow (2014 - 2015)
Advisors: E.B. Rosenblum, J. Brashares, D. Winickoff
Department of Environmental Science, Policy, & Management
University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA

PhD (2008 - 2014)
Advisors: E.B. Rosenblum, L.J. Harmon
Department of Biology
University of Idaho, Moscow, ID, USA

BSc Honours (2002 - 2007)
Advisors: D. Schluter, J. Shurin
Department of Zoology
University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada

research focus:

For my PhD I studied rapid evolutionary & ecological changes lizard colonists of White Sands, NM.
For my postdoc I am studying the impacts of climate change (drought & El Niño events) on threespine stickleback in Californian estuaries. 


When I was four years old I wanted to be a paleontologist. I remember asking my father what colour dinosaurs were. He replied ‘Well, Simone, no one knows, but someday you could discover that.’ 

My whole life, I maintained the idea that I could grow up and make discoveries about the natural world. I specialized in ecology for my BSc and my honour’s project focused on the influence of fish evolution on surrounding ecosystems. I did my PhD on ecological and evolutionary diversity in desert lizards. After teaching for a year at St Mary's College of California, I am now beginning a postdoc at UC Santa Cruz on the ecological and evolutionary impacts of climate change in Californian estuaries.

Looking for gifts for Simone? I love dragons and bunnies. I'm also quite funny.


about biological illustration 

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this page was last updated 29-August-2016