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Department of Biological Sciences College of Natural Sciences & Mathematics

Meet Us

Department Leadership

Robert Crawford

Assistant Chair & Associate Professor

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

Jamie Kneitel

Chair & Professor

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

Jim Baxter

Graduate Coordinator & Professor

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

Full-Time Faculty

Robin Altman

Assistant Professor

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

William Avery

Professor (FERP)

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

Joseph Bahlman

Assistant Professor

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  • Specialty & Interests: Comparative Physiology

Evangeline Ballerini

Assistant Professor

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Ruth Ballard

Professor (FERP)

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  • Specialty & Interests: Human Molecular Genetics, DNA Forensics

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

Professor & Interim Associate Dean

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  • Specialty & Interests: Reproductive Biology of Plants

Tim Davidson

Assistant Professor

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

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 (FERP)

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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 (starting Jan 2020)

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  • Phone: (916) 278-

Jennifer Lundmark

Professor

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  • Specialty & Interests: Cardiovascular Physiology; Northmanology

Kelly McDonald

Associate 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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  • Location: TSC 3005
  • Specialty & Interests: Inclusive STEM Success, Biology Education, Molecular & Cellular Biology / Virology, CUREs (course-based undergraduate research experiences)

Kimberly Mulligan

Assistant 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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Tom Peavy

Professor

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  • Specialty & Interests: Molecular Genetics

Jimmy Pitzer

Assistant 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, Experimental Evolution

Adam Rechs

Professor

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  • Specialty & Interests: Neurophysiology, Digestive Physiology

Rosalee Sprowls

Professor

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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, Basket Weaving

Michael Wright

Assistant Professor

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  • Specialty & Interests: Cellular Neuroscience, Motor Pattern Generation

Jonathan Gilkerson

Assistant Professor

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  • Specialty & Interests: Molecular Plant Physiology

Part-Time Faculty

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: Sequoia 339
  • Phone: (916) 278-2813

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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Sema Quinones-Soto

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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

Cathy Horner

IST II

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  • Specialty & Interests: Student Assistant 

Anna Lopez

ASA II

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  • Specialty & Interests: Administrative Support Assistant II

Merrill Roseberry

IST 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

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  • Specialty & Interests: Administrative Support to the Chair

Caitlin Fox

IST II

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  • Specialty & Interests: Administrative Support to the Chair

Daniel Pfarr

IST II- Greenhouse

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  • Specialty & Interests: Administrative Support to the Chair

Douglas Whited

ISA II- Stockroom

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  • Specialty & Interests: Administrative Support to the Chair

Kristina Koyama

IST-II - Microscopy

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  • Specialty & Interests: IST-II - Microbiology

Emeritus

Mike Baad

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  • Specialty & Interests: Plant Taxonomy, Ecology, Biosystematics

Lee Kavaljian

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  • Location: Humboldt 211A
  • Phone: (916) 278-6258
  • Specialty & Interests: Botany

Nick Ewing

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  • Specialty & Interests: Plant Molecular Biology
Total Members: 58