Leyla specializes in supporting research, learning, and instruction in the plant science disciplines. She completed her master’s degree in library and information science at San Jose State University, and holds master’s and bachelor’s degrees in botany from the University of Hawaii at Manoa and Humboldt State University, respectively. Her research experience reflects her interest in the interplay between plants and human culture, and includes the evaluation of plant species for rooftop gardens and bioenergy production, surveys of culturally significant wild plant populations, and interview-based research on plant use in immigrant communities. She has also worked in community-based crop conservation efforts in Australia, India, Hawaii and California, most recently as a regional outreach coordinator for a network of organic seed farmers across the state.
Leyla joined the Library in 2016 as the inaugural participant in the UCD Library Diversity Fellowship, a mentorship program for new librarians.