Alexander Glazer, professor of the Graduate School (Division Biochemisty and Molecular Biology) and co-chair of the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology, has been named director of the UC Natural Reserve System.
The NRS manages 33 reserves, encompassing more than 100,000 acres throughout California.
"We feel fortunate to have secured a recognized scientist and able administrator of Alexander Glazer's world-class stature," says W. R. Gomes, vice president of the UC Division of Agricultural and Natural Resources.
Glazer has been a member of the UC faculty since 1964, teaching at the UCLA School of Medicine until 1976, then coming to Berkeley. For the past 25 years, he has been involved in studying basic processes in photosynthesis, with particular focus on blue-green algae.
"I think environmental problems are among the most important challenges facing society," says Glazer. "The NRS is more than a nature conservancy; it's an outdoor laboratory."
He will assume his new post in January.