Ann Sakai

Current Positions
Dept. of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Univ. of California, Irvine (Professor, 2002-present; Faculty Asst. to the Dean and ADVANCE Equity Advisor, 2002-2003); Program Director, Population Biology, National Science Foundation; Research Associate (Assoc. Prof.)/Senior Lecturer, Univ. of Chicago; Asst./Assoc. Professor, Dept. Biol. Sci., Oakland Univ., Rochester, MI; PhD., Univ. of Michigan, Botany; B.A., Oberlin College, Biology

Research Interests
The evolution of plant breeding systems, especially the evolution of dioecy and selfing; pollination biology, including the evolution of insect and wind pollination in a phylogenetic context; conservation and restoration biology, especially in the Hawaiian Islands

Teaching interests
Ecology, Evolution; California habitats (majors, non-majors); Scientific writing (undergraduate, graduate level); Broadening participation in STEM of women and underrepresented groups

AAAS: Council Delegate (elected), Section on Biol. Sci., 2016-2018, AAAS Fellow, 2012; William Evans Fellow, Univ. of Otago (New Zealand), 2012; UCI School of Bio. Sci. award for Teaching Excellence in Undergraduate Education, 2010; UCI Chancellor's Award for Distinguished Accomplishment in Fostering Undergraduate Research, 2002; Smithsonian Senior Fellow, 1994

BSA Service
Human Diversity Committee, Chair, 2011-2013, member, 2014-2016; Associate Editor, American J. Botany, 2006-2009; Committee on Committees, 2003-2005; Poster judge for BSA at SACNAS (2010-2016); Co-PI of two NSF grants to increase the number of underrepresented undergraduates attending the BSA annual meetings and continuing in plant sciences (PLANTS II: Increasing the diversity of plant scientists, Co-PI, Anna Monfils, 2015-2020; PLANTS (Preparing Leaders and Nurturing Tomorrow's Scientists): Increasing the diversity of plant scientists, Co-PI, Ann Hirsch. 2011-2016; Co-organizer of six professional development workshops (2011-2016) on applying to graduate school (with Anna Monfils, Ann Hirsch), Co-organizer (with A. Monfils) 2013, symposium on Broadening Participation: Recruiting and Retaining Outstanding Scientists in the Plant Sciences

Other Service
SACNAS: symposium co-organizer (with J. Harada), 2013, sponsored by ASPB, BSA; Society for the Study of Evolution, Council member, 2004-2006; Associate Editor, Evolution, 1996-1999; Associate Editor, American Midland Naturalist, 1991-1993, University of California system-wide review panels: Presidential Postdoctoral Fellowships, UC-HBCU Initiative, UC-Mexus; UC-Irvine: Council on Undergraduate Admissions and Relations with Schools, member 2014-2017, chair 2016-2017; Graduate Division Advisory Council on Diversity, 2011-current;