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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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  • Office TSC 4011

  • Phone (916) 278-6360

  • Specialty & InterestsTales From the Microbe-Host Interface

Jamie Kneitel

Interim Chair & Professor

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  • Office TSC 4005

  • Phone (916) 278-3633

  • Specialty & InterestsCommunity Ecology, Food Webs, Metacommunities, Conservation Biology

Jim Baxter

Graduate Coordinator & Professor

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  • Office TSC 5005

  • Phone (916) 278-4047

  • Specialty & InterestsPlant-Mycorrhizal Interactions, Community Ecology, Biodiversity

Full-Time Faculty

Robin Altman

Assistant Professor

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  • Office TSC 3007

  • Phone (916) 278-2138

  • Specialty & InterestsCardiovascular Physiology, Blood-Brain Barrier, Alzheimer's Disease, Cognitive Dysfunction

William Avery

Professor (FERP)

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  • Office TSC 3019

  • Phone (916) 278-6279

  • Specialty & InterestsCommunity Ecology, Marine Ecology, Invertebrates, and Paleontology

Joseph Bahlman

Assistant Professor

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  • Office TSC 3013

  • Phone (916) 278-6438

  • Specialty & InterestsComparative Physiology

Ruth Ballard

Professor (FERP)

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  • Office TSC 5003

  • Phone (916) 278-6535

  • Specialty & InterestsHuman Molecular Genetics, DNA Forensics

Ron Coleman

Professor

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  • Office TSC 3023

  • Phone (916) 278-3474

  • Specialty & InterestsEvolutionary Ecology, Behavior, Fishes, Amphibians, Reptiles, Fisheries, Conservation

Shannon Datwyler

Professor & Interim Associate Dean

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  • Office TSC 3000

  • Phone (916) 278-7276

  • Specialty & InterestsReproductive Biology of Plants

Tim Davidson

Assistant Professor

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  • Office TSC 4003

  • Phone (916) 278-4785

  • Specialty & InterestsMarine Ecology, Invasive Species, Environmental Science, Biological Conservation

Lani Gleason

Assistant Professor

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  • Office TSC 4017

  • Phone (916) 278-3633

  • Specialty & InterestsEcological & Evolutionary Genomics, Molecular Ecology, Ecophysiology, Marine Biology

Enid Gonzalez-Orta

Professor & SEE Director

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  • Office TSC 3011

  • Phone (916) 278-6438

  • Specialty & Interestsmicrobial ecology and plant-bacterial interactions

Brett Holland

Professor

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  • Office TSC 5015

  • Specialty & InterestsExperimental Evolution, Evolutionary Genetics, Sexual Selection, Social Behavior (BIO 20)

Christine Kirvan

Professor

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  • Office TSC 3015

  • Phone (916) 278-6438

  • Specialty & InterestsInfectious Disease, Autoimmunity, and Molecular Mimicry

Tom Landerholm

Professor (FERP)

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  • Office TSC 3017

  • Phone (916) 278-6152

  • Specialty & InterestsCell and Developmental Biology

Susanne Lindgren

Professor

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  • Office TSC 4023

  • Phone (916) 278-6152

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

Jennifer Lundmark

Professor

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  • Office SQU 320

  • Phone (916) 278-7235

  • Specialty & InterestsCardiovascular Physiology; Northmanology

Kelly McDonald

Associate Professor & CSMS Director

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  • Office SQU 320

  • Phone (916) 278-5836

  • Specialty & InterestsBiology Education, Molecular and Cellular Biology, and Biotechnology and Bioinformatics

Kimberly Mulligan

Assistant Professor

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  • Office TSC 4021

  • Specialty & InterestsMolecular and Cellular Biology, Cell to Cell Communication, Neurodevelopment and Neuropsychiatric Disorders

Hao Nguyen

Professor

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  • Office TSC 3003

  • Phone (916) 278-6569

  • Specialty & InterestsCell and Molecular Biology; Colon Carcinogenesis

Tom Peavy

Professor

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  • Office TSC 5007

  • Phone (916) 278-7276

  • Specialty & InterestsMolecular Genetics

Jimmy Pitzer

Assistant Professor

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  • Office TSC 5019

  • Phone (916) 278-6244

  • Specialty & InterestsEntomology, Veterinary-Medical Arthropod Pest Ecology and Epidemiology

Andrew (Drew) Reams

Associate Professor

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  • Office TSC 4007

  • Phone (916) 278-7678

  • Specialty & InterestsGenetics, Molecular Biology, Microbiology, Experimental Evolution

Adam Rechs

Professor

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  • Office TSC 5017

  • Phone (916) 278-6244

  • Specialty & InterestsNeurophysiology, Digestive Physiology

Rosalee Sprowls

Professor

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  • Office TSC 5011

  • Phone (916) 278-7391

  • Specialty & InterestsHuman Anatomy, Neuroscience, Electron Microscopy

Clayton Visger

Assistant Professor

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  • Office TSC 4013

  • Specialty & InterestsEvolution, Bioinformatics, Genomics, Ecological Modeling, Basket Weaving

Michael Wright

Assistant Professor

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  • Office TSC 3009

  • Phone (916) 278-2138

  • Specialty & InterestsCellular Neuroscience, Motor Pattern Generation

Joya Mukerji

Assistant Professor

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  • Office TSC 3005

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

Clint Collins

Assistant Professor

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  • Office TSC 4019

  • Phone (916) 278-

Evangeline Ballerini

Assistant Professor

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  • Office TSC 4015

  • Phone (916) 278-

Erin Olsan

Assistant Professor

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  • Office TSC 4005

  • Phone (916) 278-

Chris Lopez

Assistant Professor (starting Jan 2020)

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  • Phone (916) 278-

Part-Time Faculty

Mike Baad

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Christine Bendorf

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  • Office TSC 3001

  • Phone (916) 278-6125

  • Specialty & InterestsGenetics

Larissa Eiselein

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  • Office Sequoia 339

  • Phone (916) 278-2813

Alan Frederick Ernst

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  • Office Humboldt 211F

  • Phone (916) 278-6936

Patrick Foley

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  • Office Sequoia 120A

  • Phone 530-753-6147

Lee Kavaljian

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  • Office Humboldt 211A

  • Phone (916) 278-6258

Christina Strandgaard

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  • Office TSC 4001

  • Phone (916) 278-2818

Rob Titus

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  • Office Sequoia 114

  • Phone (916) 227-6390

  • Specialty & InterestsCalifornia Fish & Game Liason

Mike Wenzel

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  • Office Sequoia 528

  • Phone (916) 278-6883

Marcie Woolsey

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  • Office Sequoia 126

  • Phone (916) 484-8534

Sema Quinones-Soto

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Staff

Nancy Angell

Administrative Support to the Chair

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  • Office TSC 3000

  • Phone (916) 278-6539

Nancy Burford 

IST-II - Microbiology

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  • Office TSC 3016

  • Phone (916) 278-6215

Cathy Horner

IST II

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  • Office Sequoia 218D

  • Phone (916) 278-6164

Anna Lopez

ASA II

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  • Office TSC 3000

  • Phone (916) 278-6535

Merrill Roseberry

IST II

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  • Office Sequoia Hall

  • Phone (916) 278-6869

Sulie Ober

IST II- Stockroom

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  • Office TSC 5033

  • Phone (916) 278-6104

Laura Zamora

ASA II & Graduate Secretary

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  • Office TSC 3000

  • Phone (916) 278-7675

Samuel Curtis

IST II

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  • Office Sequoia Hall

Caitlin Fox

IST II

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Daniel Pfarrr

IST II- Greenhouse

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  • Office Greenhouse

Douglas Whited

ISA II- Stockroom

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  • Office TSC 5033

  • Phone (916) 278-6539

Emeritus

Mike Baad

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  • Office Sequoia 114

  • Phone (916) 278-6494

  • Specialty & InterestsPlant Taxonomy, Ecology, Biosystematics

Lee Kavaljian

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  • Office Humboldt 211A

  • Phone (916) 278-6258

  • Specialty & InterestsBotany

Total Members: 56