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Class Notes: 2008

Class of 2008

Jessica Castillo Vardaro, assistant professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at San José State University, won the Animal Welfare Institute’s Christine Stevens Wildlife Award in 2021. She is assessing the American pika population’s vulnerability to various threats, including climate change and livestock grazing, through genetic analysis of their fecal pellets. She received a bachelor’s in conservation and resource studies from Cal.