Oakes Faculty Fellows

The Oakes College faculty represents a wealth of expertise from the natural sciences to the humanities, and we are proud to have some of the top scholars in the world among our faculty. Our students major in nearly every discipline at UCSC—from economics and computer science, to theater arts and Latin American and Latino studies—and they are well supported by the depth and breadth of the Oakes College faculty and the extensive knowledge of our advising team.

TBA is Oakes's faculty chair!

The Chair of the Faculty is an Academic Senate member, other than the Provost, who is elected by the college Faculty to serve a two year term, and will serve as a member of the Executive Committee.


Tesla E. Jeltema
  • Pronouns she, her, her, hers, herself
  • Title
    • Associate Professor
    • Associate Director of the Santa Cruz Institute for Particle Physics
  • Division Physical & Biological Sciences Division
  • Department
    • Physics Department
  • Affiliations Santa Cruz Institute for Particle Physics (SCIPP), Astronomy & Astrophysics Department
  • Phone
  • Email
  • Website
  • Office Location
    • Interdisciplinary Sciences Building, 305 ISB
  • Mail Stop SCIPP
  • Faculty Areas of Expertise Astrophysics, Astronomy, Cosmology, Particle Physics, Physics

Research Interests

Broadly speaking, my research focuses on observational cosmology and particle astrophysics, including constraints on the nature of dark matter and dark energy and studies of the evolution of galaxies. In particular, I study the formation and evolution of large-scale structure in the universe using observations covering a broad wavelength range and numerical simulations.

Biography, Education and Training

PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2004
BS, The College of William and Mary, 1999