Anna Larsen

Curriculum Vitae

Anna W. Larsen
University of California, Berkeley
Department of Integrative Biology
3060 Valley Life Sciences Building
Berkeley, CA 94720-3140
alarsen at
Fax (510) 643-5390

Educational Training

Skidmore College Biology B.A. 1997

Australian National University International Study 1996

University of California, Berkeley Post-Baccalaureate coursework 1998-2000

University of California, Berkeley Integrative Biology 2001-2006



Spr/Sum 2005 Interim Coordinator Jepson Herbarium Public Programs — Weekend Workshop series

Spring 2005 Research Assistant Live Collections Management University of California Botanical Garden, UC Berkeley

2003-current Graduate Student Researcher Molecular Phylogenetics Lab, UC Berkeley

Fall 2004 Graduate Student Instructor (GSI) Dept. of Environmental Science, Policy and Management C107 Biology and Geomorphology of Tropical Islands, UC Berkeley

2003-2004 Graduate Student Fellow National Science Foundation GK-12 Program, UC Berkeley -- Richmond High School, Richmond, CA

2002-2003 Research Assistant Live Collections Management University of California Botanical Garden, UC Berkeley

July 2002 Research Assistant Jepson Flora Project, Jepson Herbarium, UC Berkeley

Spring 2002 GSI Dept. of Integrative Biology Bio1B General Biology, UC Berkeley

Fall 2001 GSI Dept. of Integrative Biology 117 Medical Ethnobotany, UC Berkeley

1998-2001 R. & D. Molecular Biologist, Medical Genetics, Roche Diagnostics Berkeley, CA

Spring 1997 Teaching Assistant and Tutor, BI 237 Plant Biology, Skidmore College


Grants and Fellowships

Department of Integrative Biology summer research grant, U.C. Berkeley, 2005 ($3,760)

Pacific Rim Mini-Grant, University of California, 2004 ($2000.00)

Department of Integrative Biology summer research grant, U.C. Berkeley, 2004 ($2,825)

Department of Integrative Biology summer research grant, U.C. Berkeley, 2003 ($4,700)

Polynesian Education and Research Laboratories (PEARL) Research Fellowship, Gump Research Station, Mo’orea French Polynesia, 2002 ($2,500)

Department of Integrative Biology conference travel money, U.C. Berkeley, 2002 ($230)

Joseph C. and Anne T. Palamountain Fellowship, Skidmore College, 1997


Service Activities

Research Volunteer for the Ethnobotanical Conservation Organization for Southeast Asia (ECO-SEA) Davis, CA, 2003-present
This organization is dedicated to long-term research projects that promote economic-sustainability of traditional practices in indigenous communities in Southeast Asia, with a particular focus on Indonesia. I have assisted with the maintenance of a herbarium database, fundraising, and public awareness events.

Volunteer for the Jepson Herbarium Public Programs, 2002-present
I have assisted with the organization, preparation and implementation of four weekend workshops around California for the local botanical community.

Curriculum development for Richmond High School (sponsored by the National Science Foundation's GK-12 program), 2003-2004
I developed a year-long curriculum incorporating a natural history program into a pre-existing 10th grade General Biology class and a 12th grade Environmental Science class and led three weekend field trips to research stations in Northern California.

Curriculum development for the Department of Integrative Biology, UC Berkeley, 2002
I designed an ecology laboratory exercise for the Biology 1B General Biology course. The exercise was reviewed by a panel of faculty and published in the 2003-2004 and 2004-2005 laboratory manuals for use by 650 students per semester. The exercise introduced students to a variety of California plants and their habitats and emphasized how biotic and abiotic environmental factors lead to plant adaptation and evolution.


Society Affiliations

Society for the Study of Evolution

Society For Economic Botany

The American Society of Plant Taxonomists


Foreign Language Abilities

French, written and spoken


Dissertation Committee

Brent Mishler Professor
Department of Integrative Biology, UC Berkeley
Director, University and Jepson Herbaria, UC Berkeley
Patrick V. Kirch
UC Berkeley Class of 1954
Professor of Anthropology, UC Berkeley
Associate Director, California Biodiversity Center
Director, Oceanic Archaeology Laboratory, UC Berkeley
Curator of Oceania, Hearst Museum of Anthropology, UC Berkeley

George Roderick Professor
Department of Environmental Science, Policy & Management
Faculty Director, UC Berkeley Gump South Pacific Research Station

Thomas J. Carlson
Associate Adjunct Professor, Department of Integrative Biology
Curator, Essig Museum of Entomology