Department of Botany & Plant Sciences

Office and Support Staff


 Back Row:  Michelle Blas, Jennifer Douglas, CJ Julien, Maria Sedillo, Kim Steiner, Militza Seehaver, Henry Gutierrez and April Meinzer Front Row: Aurelia Espinoza, Mariella Valdivia, Summer Willis and Victoria Sachs.


The Mission of the Botany and Plant Sciences administrative/financial unit is to administer intra-and extramural funds in compliance with UC policies and procedures, state and federal regulations, and agency-specific requirements to ensure effective and efficient use of all resources. We are committed to providing the highest level of service to all who perform research, teaching and community service at the University of California, Riverside.


Name/(Email)PhoneRoomMajor Areas of Responsibility
Gonzales, Aimee 22601 1206


Administrative and Financial duties; website maintenance; event coordination of facility Recruitment; Seminars, Conferences and workshops; Travel coordination for IIGB and CEPCEB
Espinoza, Aurelia  22152 4119B Genomics Managing Director:  IIGB (Institute for Integrative Genome Biology)/CEPCEB (Center for Plant Cell Biology). 
Perez, Jessica  25133 2122 Purchasing Specialist - Procurement of all goods and services; fixed asset management, Microcomputer Support; data connections.
Sedillo, Maria 25990 2132 Financial Analyst; departmental accounting, prepares grant proposals and budgets; prepares monthly financial statements.
Willis, Summer 24608 2122 Financial Analyst I;Departmental accounting, prepares financial reports, fund Reconciliation.
Steiner, Kim (951) 315-5733 GH16, Room 102 and 104 Senior Museum Scientist Senior and Departmental Information Technology Specialist; responsible for collection and set up of all materials required for lab courses; maintenance and upgrade of class labs to meet modern teaching requirements; provide IT technical assistance supporting both hardware and software applications.
Ricks, Amy 24435 2138 Senior Administrative Analyst; financial operations manager; prepares grant proposals and budgets; prepares monthly financial statements for PIs; computer/process application development.
Jobelius,   Kathy 24401 2142 Accounting Assistant III / Service Desk, fund reconciliation, recharges, prepares travel vouchers, petty cash custodian; orders and maintains office supplies; assigns departmental keys; places Physical Plant emergency calls; copies classwork materials.
Sachs, Victoria 23825 2132 Financial Analyst; departmental accounting, prepares grant proposals and budgets; prepares monthly financial statements
Meinzer, April 23839 2106 Financial & Administrative Officer (FAO) - Assistant to the Chair; management of all business, administrative, and operational activities.
Valdivia, Mariella 24619 2118 Administrative Assistant to Chair; administrative duties for search committees; sabbatical and special leave forms; non-senate academic appointments. Act as liaison with the CNAS Academic Personnel Office for acadmic merits and promotions coordinate the faculty recruitment process.  Coordinating department gift processing;design and maintenance of department website;and coordinating travel and entertainment for guest lectures and seminars.
Douglas, Jennifer 27177 1206 Genomics Financial Analyst in the Institute for Integrative Genome Biology/Center for Plant Cell Biology; provides administrative and financial leadership for all units within the ORU including the development of rates for the Sales and Service activities.

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University of California, Riverside
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Department of Botany & Plant Sciences
2142 Batchelor Hall

Tel: (951) 827-4619
Fax: (951) 827-4437
E-mail: bpschair@ucr.edu

Plant Biology Graduate Program
CNAS Grad Student Affairs Office
1140 Batchelor Hall

Toll: (800) 735-0717
Tel: (951) 827-5688
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