Dr. Gio McClenachan's research focuses on landscape-scale shifts in the structure and resiliency of coastal systems. She is particularly interested in the ways an ecosystem's response to disturbances has shifted over time with climate change stressors such as sea level rise and rising temperatures. Gio is currently an Assistant Professor in the Biology department of Nicholls State University and runs the Coastal Disturbance Ecology Lab (CDEL).
CDEL is committed to fostering a diverse and positive lab climate. Our lab seeks to recruit, support, and retain members from diverse backgrounds and groups that have historically been underrepresented in the sciences. We are committed to creating a learning and working environment where individuals feel supported and invested in the lab mission. To create this inclusive workplace, we are dedicated to understanding and challenging our own unconscious biases, and to educating ourselves about the challenges that other individuals may face. In an ecological context, diversity is a sign of a healthy, resilient ecosystem. The same is true of a lab setting: encouraging a diversity of backgrounds, opinions, and experiences is essential to pushing innovation.
Original diversity & inclusion poster by Sammy Katta. Please sign the pledge: https://sammykatta.com/pledge.