Listed are many of my interests, experiences, and competences. If you have any questions or would like to collaborate please reach out!

For a PDF of my professional CV, click this download link.


PhD Ecology, Evolution, & Marine Biology

September 2021 - Present

University of California, Santa Barbara

MA Ecology, Evolution, & Marine Biology

September 2019 - August 2021

University of California, Santa Barbara

BSc Environmental Studies

October 2014 - June 2018

University of California, Santa Barbara


Restoring bigcone Douglas-fir post-fire in drought-stricken Southern California.
Frontiers in Forests and Global Change (2022)

Runte, Gabriel C et al.

Spheres of influence. Host tree proximity and soil chemistry shape rRNA, but not DNA, communities…
Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution (2021)

Runte, Gabriel C, AH Smith, HV Moeller, LM Bogar

Exploring plant and soil microbial communities as indicators of soil organic carbon in a California rangeland.
Soil Biology and Biochemistry (2023)

Weverka, Jacob, GC Runte, EL Porzig, CJ Carey

Talks & Trainings

  • Forest Resiliency Working Group @ CU Boulder (2023)

  • Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting (2022)

  • 8th Annual California Oak Symposium (2022)

  • Yosemite Symbiosis Workshop (2022)

  • Conservation Seminar Series, UC Santa Barbara* (2022)

  • Terrestrial Microbiology (EEMB 145) Guest Lecture on Fungi in the Environment* (2021)

  • UCSB EEMB Graduate Research Symposium (2020)

  • National Fish and Wildlife Fire Restoration Grantee Forum* (2019)

  • invited talks denoted with a *


  • R Studio
  • Field research (design, logistics, personnel)
  • Bioinformatics (community analysis, learning transcriptomics)
  • Molecular ecology (DNA/RNA libraries)
  • Fabrication and building (wood, CNC, 3D printing)
  • Basic Python (primarily geospatial)
  • jekyll (ex. this site)