Elizabeth Carlen

  • Graduate Assistant
  • Ornithology & Mammalogy

I received my B.S. in Biological Sciences from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo in 2007.  In 2005 I participated in the Kenya Wildlands study abroad program at the Mpala Research Centre, Likipia District, Kenya where I studied the impacts of cattle and elephants on relative dik-dik densities.  I joined the California Academy of Sciences in 2010 as a field technician studying mammal species diversity in the Presidio of San Francisco.


Currently I am a graduate student at San Francisco State University in conjunction with the California Academy of Sciences.  For my Masters research I am working with Dr. Jack Dumbacher and Dr. Galen Rathbun to reconstruct the phylogeny of giant sengis (genus Rhynchocyon).  I am also a graduate assistant with Teacher & Youth Education where I  develop resources to support teachers in their science classrooms.


My broad research interests include phylogenetics, population genetics, and urban ecology.   


  • Elizabeth Carlen
  • Graduate Assistant
  • California Academy of Sciences
  • 55 Music Concourse Drive
  • San Francisco, CA 94118
  • 14153795289 (direct)