May 29, 2000
Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies
Weixin Cheng is a soil ecologist whose research addresses issues of global environmental
change. Cheng specializes in below-ground carbon cycles and microbial activity. Last
fall, he began an NSF-funded pilot project to test a new technique of measuring the
movement of carbon in a forest ecosystem. If successful, the technique could ultimately
aid efforts to ameliorate global warming. Cheng earned his Ph.D. in ecology from
the University of Georgia's Institute of Ecology and his undergraduate degree from
Northeast Agricultural College in Harbin, China. He comes to UCSC from Louisiana
State University in Baton Rouge, where he was an assistant professor of biology.
Assistant Professor of Economics
Phillip McCalman specializes in international trade issues with a focus on intellectual
property rights. In his most recent work, McCalman has been examining the equity
and efficiency aspects of trade agreements brokered by the World Trade Organization.
McCalman comes to UCSC from Australian National University, where he was a research
fellow. He earned his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Wisconsin at Madison
and his undergraduate and master's degrees from the University of Melbourne.