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Department of Biological Sciences College of Natural Sciences & Mathematics

Meet Us

Department Leadership

Jamie Kneitel

Chair & Professor

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  • Specialty & Interests: Community Ecology, Seasonal Wetlands, Disturbance Ecology, Spatial Ecology, Conservation Biology

Robert Crawford

Assistant Chair & Associate Professor

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  • Specialty & Interests: Tales From the Microbe-Host Interface

Jim Baxter

Graduate Coordinator & Professor

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  • Specialty & Interests: Plant-Mycorrhizal Interactions, Community Ecology, Biodiversity

Full-Time Faculty

Robin Altman

Associate Professor

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  • Specialty & Interests: Cardiovascular Physiology, Blood-Brain Barrier, Alzheimer's Disease, Cognitive Dysfunction

Evangeline Ballerini

Assistant Professor

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Ron Coleman

Professor

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  • Specialty & Interests: Evolutionary Ecology, Behavior, Fishes, Amphibians, Reptiles, Fisheries, Conservation

Clint Collins

Assistant Professor

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  • Specialty & Interests: functional morphology of vertebrates and movement ecology

Shannon Datwyler

Currently NSM Associate Dean

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  • Specialty & Interests: Reproductive Biology of Plants

Tim Davidson

Associate Professor

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  • Specialty & Interests: Marine Ecology, Invasive Species, Environmental Science, Biological Conservation

Arik Davidyan

Assistant Professor

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  • Specialty & Interests: Biology Education, Diversity Equity and Inclusion in STEM Education, Exercise and Stress Physiology, Science Communication

Anna Doty

Assistant Professor

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  • Specialty & Interests: Ecophysiology, Ecology, Mammalogy, Conservation physiology

Jonathan Gilkerson

Assistant Professor

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  • Specialty & Interests: Plant Physiology, Arabidopsis thaliana, Physcomitrella patens, Cell Signaling, Abiotic and Biotic Stress

Lani Gleason

Assistant Professor

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  • Specialty & Interests: Ecological & Evolutionary Genomics, Molecular Ecology, Ecophysiology, Marine Biology

Enid Gonzalez-Orta

Professor & SEE Director

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  • Specialty & Interests: microbial ecology and plant-bacterial interactions

Brett Holland

Professor

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  • Specialty & Interests: Experimental Evolution, Evolutionary Genetics, Sexual Selection, Social Behavior (BIO 20)

Christine Kirvan

Professor

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  • Specialty & Interests: Infectious Disease, Autoimmunity, and Molecular Mimicry

Tom Landerholm

Professor (In memoriam)

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  • Specialty & Interests: Cell and Developmental Biology

Susanne Lindgren

Professor

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  • Specialty & Interests: Microbiology, Prevalence and Pathogenic Mechanisms of Salmonella and E.coli, Vaccine Development, and Biosource Tracking of Bacterial Contaminents in Water

Chris Lopez

Assistant Professor

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  • Specialty & Interests: Microbiology; pathogenic bacteria; host-microbiota interactions; food microbiology

Jennifer Lundmark

Professor (on sabbatical Spring 2023)

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  • Specialty & Interests: Cardiovascular Physiology; Northmanology

Kelly McDonald

Professor & CSMS Director

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  • Specialty & Interests: Biology Education, Molecular and Cellular Biology, and Biotechnology and Bioinformatics

Joya Mukerji

Assistant Professor

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  • Specialty & Interests: Inclusive STEM Success, Biology Education, Molecular & Cellular Biology / Virology, CUREs (course-based undergraduate research experiences)

Kimberly Mulligan

Associate Professor

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  • Specialty & Interests: Molecular and Cellular Biology, Cell to Cell Communication, Neurodevelopment and Neuropsychiatric Disorders

Hao Nguyen

Professor

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  • Specialty & Interests: Cell and Molecular Biology; Colon Carcinogenesis

Erin Olsan

Assistant Professor

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  • Specialty & Interests: Molecular and Cellular Biology, Microbiology, Host-Microbiota Interactions

Tom Peavy

Professor

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  • Specialty & Interests: Molecular Genetics

Jimmy Pitzer

Associate Professor

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  • Specialty & Interests: Entomology, Veterinary-Medical Arthropod Pest Ecology and Epidemiology

Andrew (Drew) Reams

Associate Professor

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  • Location: TSC 4007
  • Phone: (916) 278-7678
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  • Specialty & Interests: Genetics, Molecular Biology, Microbiology, Cancer Genetics, Experimental Evolution

Adam Rechs

Professor

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  • Specialty & Interests: Neurophysiology, Digestive Physiology

Rosalee Sprowls

Professor (FERP)

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  • Specialty & Interests: Human Anatomy, Neuroscience, Electron Microscopy

Clayton Visger

Assistant Professor

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  • Specialty & Interests: Evolution, Bioinformatics, Genomics, Ecological Modeling

Michael Wright

Associate Professor (on sabbatical 2022-2023)

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  • Specialty & Interests: Cellular Neuroscience, Motor Pattern Generation

Part-Time Faculty

Ruth Ballard

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  • Specialty & Interests: Human Molecular Genetics, DNA Forensics

Mike Baad

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Christine Bendorf

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  • Location: TSC 3001
  • Phone: (916) 278-6125
  • Specialty & Interests: Genetics

Larissa Eiselein

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  • Location: TSC 4001
  • Phone: (916) 278-2818

Alan Frederick Ernst

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Patrick Foley

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Lee Kavaljian

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Christina Strandgaard

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Rob Titus

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  • Specialty & Interests: California Fish & Game Liason

Mike Wenzel

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Marcie Woolsey

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Semarhy Quiñones-Soto

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Maria Questa

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  • Specialty & Interests: Cell & Molecular Biology, Human and Canine Pluripotent Stem Cells, Stem Cell Cardiac Differentiation, Mesenchymal Stem Cells, Intestinal Microbiome, Bioinformatics

Staff

Nancy Angell

Administrative Support to the Chair

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  • Specialty & Interests: Administrative Support to the Chair

Nancy Burford 

IST-II - Microbiology

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  • Specialty & Interests: IST-II - Microbiology

Jennifer Tran

IST II - Genetics/Microscopy

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  • Location: TSC 5029A
  • Phone: (916) 278-4625
  • Specialty & Interests: Genetics & Microscopy

Anna Lopez

ASA II

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  • Specialty & Interests: Administrative Support Assistant II

Laura Zamora

ASA II & Graduate Secretary

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  • Specialty & Interests: Administrative Support Assistant II

Samuel Curtis

IST II - Vivarium

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  • Specialty & Interests: Organismal Biology & Live Collections

Daniel Pfarr

IST II- Greenhouse

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  • Specialty & Interests: Botany

Douglas Whited

IST II- Stockroom

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  • Specialty & Interests: Stockroom

Caity Fox

IST-II - Cell/Molecular

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  • Specialty & Interests: IST-II - Cell/Molecular

Michael Eisner 

ISA II - Stockroom

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  • Specialty & Interests: ISA II - Stockroom

Emeritus

Mike Baad

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  • Specialty & Interests: Plant Taxonomy, Ecology, Biosystematics

William Avery

Professor (Retired)

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  • Specialty & Interests: Community Ecology, Marine Ecology, Invertebrates, and Paleontology

Lee Kavaljian

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  • Specialty & Interests: Botany

Nick Ewing

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  • Specialty & Interests: Plant Molecular Biology
Total Members: 59