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Staff - Who to Call and What they Do

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Ellen Calcagno
Budget Analyst, Department Office

33-272
756-5241
ecalcagn@calpoly.edu

See Ellen for financial details related to department expenses, college-based fees (CBF), projects and faculty research grants. She also takes care of student assistant matters, student field trip release forms, and CBF applications.

 

Melanie Gutierrez
Administrative Support Coordinator, Department Chair Office

33-273
756-5242
malejand@calpoly.edu

Melanie makes appointments and provides general clerical support for the department chair and department faculty. She routes and responds to students, alumni and the public who email the department. She coordinates faculty recruitments and personnel matters, organizes part-time teaching assignments, and coordinates Open House activities and other special department events.

 

Amber Nichols
Operations Analyst,

33-277
756-2662
anicho07@calpoly.edu

Amber oversees the Department's technical staff, physical space, computers, equipment, supply procurement, maintenance, and all safety and resource use policies. Amber is the primary contact for all technical needs or problems in the Department.

 

Kristin Reeves
Administrative Support Coordinator, Department Office

33-281
756-2788
kreeve01@calpoly.edu

Kristin is responsible for the front office, issuing/managing department keys, maintaining the department website, making Biology and university room reservations, ordering supplies, handling telephone issues, and managing the BioSci email address.

 

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Doug Brewster

Equipment Technician III, Electromechanical

53A-009
756-2701 or 235-2017
dbrewste@calpoly.edu

 

 

Rob Brewster

Equipment Technician III, Electromechanical

53A-009
756-2701
rabrewst@calpoly.edu

Rob is responsible for repairing and installing new and used scientific equipment.

Michael Curto
Information Technology Consultant, Technical Staff

53-310
235-5506
mcurto@calpoly.edu

Dave Clendenen
Instructional Support Tech II, Technical Staff

53-309
756-2164
dclenden@calpoly.edu

Dave supports classes in botany, plant taxonomy, general biology and physiology.  He is also Lands Manager for Morro Coast Audubon Society, managing Sweet Springs Nature Preserve and other conservation lands, and is a consulting biologist as well, working on habitat conservation and restoration in the Tulare Basin.

B.S., Natural Resources Management, with a concentration in Wildlife Biology, Cal Poly, 1981

 

Alice Hamrick
Instructional Support Tech II, Technical Staff

53-309
756-2164
hamrick@calpoly.edu

Alice is the molecular biology support technician and is responsible for the molecular and cell biology lab setups and working with students doing senior or individual projects.  Alice is responsible for training students on equipment and chemical safe practices, and she manages the stockroom.  Getting to use her creative side, she designs and installs educational and promotional displays for the museum cases in the department.  She is a University of California trained Master Gardener and loves plants. 
B.S., Biochemistry, Cal Poly, 2002

 

 

John Merriam
Instructional Support Tech III, Technical Staff

33-466
756-7531
jmmerria@calpoly.edu

John oversees the microbiology prep room and is responsible for the daily output of media, bacterial cultures, and equipment for all microbiology laboratory sections. He maintains a large culture collection for both teaching and research use. Most of the department's lab media, reagents and stains are made in-house.

B.S., University of Colorado

 

Eduardo Valle
Instructional Support Tech II, Technical Staff

33-458
756-7520
evalle01@calpoly.edu

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Leslie Rebik
SLOSEA Coordinator

53A-23
756-6068
lrebik@calpoly.edu

 

Ian Robbins
Senior Research Scientist, Center for Coastal Marine Sciences

180-530
756-0530
irobbins@calpoly.edu

Ian's research interest is the ecology and dynamics of harmful algal blooms; his thesis focused on the red tide species Karenia brevis and the ecology of this species on the West Florida shelf. He writes the Cal Poly Remote Adventures blog about CCMS projects around the globe.

B.A. Marine Science, University of Hawaii, Hilo, Hawaii, 2000
M.S. Biology, Cal Poly, 2006


Christina Vasquez

Post-Doctoral Fellow

53-317

756-2160

mcvasque@calpoly.edu

 

Christina is an NSF-funded, postdoctoral fellow in Biology for Broadening Participation, and is working with Dr. Lars Tomanek in the Environmental Proteomics Lab. Her research focuses on understanding molecular and cellular responses of marine invertebrates to multiple environmental stressors. She functions as the lab manager, student mentor/advisor and operates the mass spectrometer.

 

 


Grant Waltz

gwaltz@calpoly.edu

53-114

756-2950

Research Assistant, Center for Coastal Marine Sciences and Dean Wendt Laboratory

Grant focuses on collaborative fisheries, biological testing of anti-fouling and foul-release boat hull paints, and measuring oceanographic parameters.  He earned a master’s of science degree in biological sciences from Cal Poly where he studied the effects of foot traffic to rocky intertidal organisms.

B.S. Conservation Biology, University of California, Riverside, 2005

M.S. Biological Sciences, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, 2012

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