Who we are

The Ostevik Lab is committed to fostering an open and collaborative environment for scientific discovery.

We value diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-racism.

Current Lab Members (in order of appearance)

Kate Ostevik

Assistant Professor (she/her)

Google Scholar / Research Gate / LinkedIn

Kate is the principal investigator of the Ostevik Lab. She is interested in all things evolution, especially how new flowering plant species arise!

Email her: kostevik@ucr.edu

Kathy Le

Research Assistant (she/her)

Kathy is interested in biology & all things science, but specifically human biology and the study of Dermatology. Her most recent undergraduate work on “How Does Environmental Temperature Affect Eczema?” sparks her curiosity in environmental sciences as well.


Rebeca Hernández Gutiérrez

Postdoctoral Scholar

Rebeca is interested in evolution, especially in how flowering plants diversify in number and form at macro- and microevolutionary scales


danielle Marcelin-stone

Undergraduate Assistant (she/her)

Danielle is interested in evolutionary biology and genetics. She is currently studying as a biology major on the Pre-med track with a feminist studies minor and is looking to take her career in a more research focused pathway.

alana Yamauchi


Undergraduate Assistant (she/her)

Alana is interested in genetics and genetic variation between different organisms. She is a biochemistry major, with an emphasis on premed, and is currently working towards a minor in computer science.


Previous Lab Members

Harshini Lakshminarayanan

2021 - Summer Research Intern


Banner photo: Penstemon collecting trip in the Sierra Mountains, CA. Photo by Kimmy Stanton.