About the Dean

Marylynn V. Yates

Dean, College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences, University of California, Riverside; Associate Director, Agricultural Experiment Station, Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources, State of California

Marylynn V. Yates, a professor of environmental microbiology at the University of California, Riverside, was appointed dean of the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences (CNAS), on Jan. 1, 2012.

Dr. Yates joined the faculty of UC Riverside in 1987, and has served in several leadership roles during her tenure at the university. These include chair of the Department of Environmental Sciences; associate executive vice chancellor; program leader for the University of California Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources; chair of the CNAS Executive Committee; co-chair of the Committee on Academic Personnel; associate co-director of the One Health Center, University of California Global Health Institute (UCGHI); and UCGHI's co-director of education.

"CNAS has outstanding faculty, dedicated staff, and excellent students," Dr. Yates said. "Our goal is to better enable faculty to conduct cutting edge research, to foster interdisciplinary collaborations necessary to tackle the most difficult problems facing society, and to create an environment that will allow us to continue to attract the brightest students and the best new faculty."

Dr. Yates's research focuses on the transmission of human pathogenic microorganisms in environmental media, particularly water and wastewater. She serves on several advisory committees, panels and boards for water quality, including the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Science Advisory Board Drinking Water Committee and the National Research Council's Water Science & Technology Board. Currently, she serves as editor for Applied & Environmental Microbiology.

A Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (2007) and a Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology (2011), she is a recipient of UCR's Distinguished Teaching Award (2001-02) and was named Distinguished Teaching Professor (2006).

Dr. Yates received her doctoral degree in microbiology from the University of Arizona, Tucson, in 1984. She has a master's degree in chemistry from New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology and a bachelor's degree in nursing from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

 Dean Marylynn Yates

Dean Marylynn V. Yates

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