Research & Mentorship

Name of Faculty

Faculty Webpage

General Area of Research/Mentorship

Contact Information

Office/Lab

Robin Altman

Website

Cardiophysiology, blood-brain barrier, Alzheimer's disease

altman@csus.edu

Office:
SQU 126

Jim Baxter

Website

Ecology of plant communities, plant-mycorrhizal interactions, biodiversity-functioning, human impacts on ecosystems.

jbaxter@csus.edu

Office:
SQU 306

Ron Coleman

Website

Dr. Coleman and his students study evolutionary ecology, typically with fishes. They do manipulative experiments in the lab and in the field, typically Costa Rica. Current undergraduate projects include mate choice in cichlid fishes, the Cichlid Fry Project and the Campus Tree Project

 

rcoleman@csus.edu

Office
HMB 119

 

ResearchSpace:
HMB 119

Robert Crawford

 

 Tales from the microbe-host interface.

robert.crawford@csus.edu

Office:

HMB 211D

Timothy M Davidson

Website

The Davidson Lab studies marine ecology, invasive species biology, and human impacts to the marine environment. Research opportunities are available for students to conduct lab experiments at Sacramento State, field studies on the California coast, and potentially projects in the tropics (Hawaii, Florida, Caribbean). Please visit the lab webpage for details.

Davidson@csus.edu

Office:
SQU 114

 

ResearchSpace:
SQU 32

Alan Ernst

 

I oversee and run the cadaver lab at CSUS.  I mentor a group of students every year to create cadaver prosections for use in advanced anatomy courses involving human cadavers.

alan.ernst@csus.edu

Office:
HMB 211F

 

Lab:
HMB 207

Nick Ewing

Website

We are using molecular approaches to study plant growth and development.

nnewing@csus.edu

Office:           SQU 214

Lab:
SQU 205

Lani Gleason

Website

The Gleason Lab studies how changes in gene sequence and expression drive patterns of individual and population differentiation in marine organisms.  We are especially interested in how environmental conditions such as frequent heat stress in the rocky intertidal zone affects these patterns of differentiation. Research opportunities are available for students to conduct lab experiments at Sacramento State, and some projects may involve intertidal field work. Please visit my lab webpage for more details.

 

lani.gleason@csus.edu

Office:          SQU 404

Lab:                SQU 20

Enid T. Gonzalez-Orta

Website

Microbial ecology of terrestrial and aquatic environments, with a focus on bacterial communities.  I am primarily interested in teaching assistants to conduct research to support BIO 145:  Diversity of Microorganisms.

gonzalezorta@csus.edu

Office: SEE
Office SQU 315

Brett Holland

Website

We study the evolutionary genetics of sexual selection (the outcome of mate choice and competition over mates). Specifically, we test hypotheses about the costs to females of sexual selection on males.

holland@csus.edu

Office:
SQU 120C

Jamie Kneitel

Website

The Kneitel lab studies environmental variation in time and space (spatiotemporal heterogeneity) and its effects on the diversity and functioning of communities.  This research is conducted in seasonal freshwater ecosystems, including vernal pools and rock pools.  The research also encompasses food webs, species interactions, metacommunities, latitudinal gradients, and conservation issues like eutrophication, species invasions, and disturbance ecology. 

kneitel@csus.edu

Office:
SQU 404

 

Lab:
SQU 26 & 38

Susanne Lindgren

 

Bacterial pathogenesis

lindgren@csus.edu

Office:
HMB 211C

Kelly McDonald

Website

The McDonald research group studies issues related to teaching and learning, including 1) the effectiveness of specific active learning strategies, assessment techniques and metacognitive activities on student success in introductory biology courses, 2) the impact of undergraduate research and course-based undergraduate research experiences (CUREs) and 3) the beliefs and attitudes of students preparing for careers in STEM teaching.

 

mcdonald@csus.edu

Office:
HMB211C

 

ResearchSpace:
SQU339

Kimberly Mulligan

Website

The Mulligan Lab studies the molecular underpinnings of neurodevelopmental disorders using the common fruit fly, Drosophila melanogaster, as a model organism. Students conduct a range of experiments involving behavioral analysis and imaging of brains and neurons. For more specific details about our research, please visit the lab webpage.

kimberly.mulligan@csus.edu

Office:
HMB 211E

 

Lab:
SQU 16B

 

 

Tom Peavy

Website

Development of stem cell based therapies for the healing of human chronic diabetic wounds.

trpeavy@csus.edu

Office:
SQU 406

Jimmy Pitzer

 

The Entomology Research Program is focused on improving IPM strategies to control arthropod pests of veterinary and medical importance.  Currently, undergraduates are investigating insecticide resistance in the common house fly, as well as methods for improving the use of their natural predator, the pteromalid pupal parasitoids.

jimmy.pitzerjr@csus.edu

Office:
SQU 120A

Lab:
SQU 120B

Drew Reams

Website

The “DReams team” is a microbial genetics lab studying the molecular and regulatory mechanisms of genome rearrangements, such as genetic duplications and amplifications. 

andrew.reams@csus.edu

Office:
HMB 120C

 

Lab:
HMB 14C

Merrill Roseberry

Website

The Vertebrate Museum and associated workshop supports the Living Gallery, the display areas in 105 and various courses within the department. Possible opportunities include exhibit design and implementation, specimen production and maintenance, and educational outreach. To see past projects, please visit our Facebook.

 

roseberry@csus.edu

Office:
SQU 34

Michael Wright

Website

The Wright Lab is interested in understanding how the nervous system generates and coordinates rhythmic behaviors such as walking. Among the projects available, students will learn how to record from living neurons that underlie behaviors in the medicinal leech, H. species. The leech produces robust and reliable behaviors, facilitating studies on how nervous systems produce behaviors. For more specific details about the research projects available, please visit the lab webpage.

terrence.m.wright@csus.edu

Office:
SQU 126

Lab:
SQU 40

Clayton Visger

Website

The Visger Lab studies the evolutionary role of polyploidy, or whole-genome duplication, and how it functions as a speciation mechanism. They investigate the impact of polyploidy in flowering plants using genomic and bioinformatics methods, while drawing from the fields of physiology and ecology to place the findings into an evolutionary and ecological context.

clayton.visger@csus.edu

Office:        H211A

Lab:                   SQU 20