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EC Cline, Ph.D.

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Director ACCESS in STEM and Associate Professor
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Forest Resources
University of Washington Seattle
Cell Biology
University of Leiden, the Netherlands
University of Puget Sound


Before coming to UW Tacoma I was a post-doctoral researcher in the Systematic Botany and Mycology Lab of the USDA Agricultural Research Service in Beltsville, Maryland. There I worked on nomenclature and taxonomy of invasive plant pathogens and helped to develop a database covering all published fungal species, searchable at I did my Ph.D. research at UW Seattle in the College of Forest Resources. I studied the effects of forest harvesting on ectomycorrhizal fungi of Douglas-fir seedlings and trees, in the Cedar River and Green River, the watersheds of Seattle and Tacoma, respectively.

Current Research

I am a forest mycorrhizal ecologist by training, with my current focus on inclusive excellence and broadening participation in STEM. I am the Director of the NSF S-STEM funded program, ACCESS in STEM, which supports STEM-interested students at UWT. I lead a research project examining how to most effectively support first and second year STEM-interested students; as part of this, I study the impact of faculty and peer mentoring and early course based research experiences on academic performance and persistence, self-efficacy, sense of belonging, and motivation in STEM.


  • TBIOL 120 Introductory Biology I: Ecology, Evolution, Genetics
  • TBIOL 130 Introductory Biology II: Cell and Molecular Biology
  • TBIOL 140 Introductory Biology III: Plant and Animal Physiology
  • TESC 200 Environmental Seminar
  • TBIOL 236 Sustainable Agriculture
  • TBIOL 378 Environmental Microbiology
  • TBIOL 340 Ecology and its Applications
  • TBIOL 404 Neotropical Field Studies. Has been taught in Costa Rica and Peru.
  • TBIOL 432 Forest Ecology Field Studies
  • TESC 495 Environmental Research Experience
  • TBIOMD 490/491 Global Health Experiential Learning


  • Puget Sound Mycological Society
  • The Mountaineers

Academic Service

  • Curriculum for the Bioregion steering committee member