Faculty and Staff


Biological Sciences Department 

California Polytechnic State University
1 Grand Avenue
San Luis Obispo, CA 93407-0401
Name position email phone office

office hours

Hillers, Ken

Department Chair &


khillers 756-1481 33-274

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Doctor, Katie Budget Analyst kdoctor 756-5241 33-272 Click here for appt
Gutierrez, Melanie



malejand 756-5242 33-273

For questions call


Reeves, Kristen


Support Coordinator

kreeve01 756-7202


For general office questions call


Faculty - Tenured and Tenure-Track

Name position email phone office

office hours

Adams, Nikki Professor nadams 756-2943 33-371  
Bean, Tim Assistant Professor wtbean 756-2662 33-276



Please email for a Zoom link

Black, Michael Professor mblack 756-2894 33-380

M & F: 1:00-2:00

T & R: 3:00-4:00

Zoom Link


Blank, Jason Associate Professor jmblank 756-5629 33-377  
Clement, Sandra Associate Professor slclemen 756-2154 33-269

M: 11:10-Noon

W: 10:10-11:00

Zoom Link 

Davidson, Jean Assistant Professor jdavid06 756-7421 33-267

T & R:2:10-3:00

W: 3:30-4:30

Please email for a Zoom link

Fidopiastis, Pat Professor pfidopia 756-2883 33-374

M & T: 1:10-2:00


Please email for an appointment

Francis, Clinton Associate Professor cdfranci 756-5358 33-369 Sabbatical
Grossenbacher, Dena Assistant Professor dgrossen 756-2135 33-376  
Hardy, Kristin Associate Professor kmhardy 756-2806 33-264 None
Himelblau, Ed Professor ehimelbl 756-2826 33-365



Zoom MTG ID:

382 02 5070

also by appt

Keeling, Elena Professor ekeeling 756-2175 33-271

M: 10:00- 11:00

T: 2:00-3:00

W: 9:00-10:00

R: 2:00-3:00

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or by appt



Knight, Charles Professor knight 756-2989 33-364  
Kolluru, Gita Professor gkolluru 756-2819 33-368 Please email for an appointment
Lema, Sean Professor slema 756-2802 33-370 None
Liwanag, Heather Associate Professor hliwanag 756-5202 33-375

T: 1:00-3:00 -Zoom

W: 9:00-11:00 Zoom


Martinez, Nathaniel Associate Professor nmarti32 756-2185 33-379

W: 12:10-2:00

Zoom Link

Pasulka, Alexis Assistant Professor apasulka 756-5399 33-265 Please email to make an appointment
Perrine, John Professor jperrine 756-2368 33-275  
Rajakaruna, Nishi Associate Professor nrajakar 756-2836 33-367

T & F: 4:30-6:00

Zoom Meeting ID:

973 9241 9054


Ritter, Matthew Professor mritter 756-2775 33-373 by appointment - please email
Ruttenberg, Ben Associate Professor bruttenb 756-2498 33-361  
Strand, Christy Professor cstrand 756-2207 33-266 Sabbatical
Taylor, Emily Professor etaylor 756-2616 33-270  
Tomanek, Lars Professor ltomanek 756-2437 33-372  
Villablanca, Francis Professor fvillabl 756-2200 33-268

F: 11:00-12:30

Zoom Meeting ID:

822 2457 6932

Vredevoe, Larisa Professor lvredevo 756-7165 33-276  
White, Crow Associate Professor cwhite31 756-2950 33-378  
Winstead, Candace Professor cwinstea 756-2899 33-263

W: 9:00-11:00

Please email for Zoom link

Yep, Alejandra Associate Professor yep 756-5355 33-366 None
Yeung, Marie Professor pmyeung 756-5199 33-362

T & R: 12:30-2:00

Zoom Link

Yost, Jenn Associate Professor jyost 756-5869 33-363

T & W: 1:00-2:00

Zoom Link or 

by appointment


Lecturers - Full Time

Name position email phone office

office hours

Bunting, Jamie Lecturer bunting 756-2557 33-383

M: 12:10-3:00

M & W: 4:10-5:30

R: Noon-2:00

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Jones, Michael Lecturer mjones99 756-2906 33-382

BIO 231 & 232

T,W,R: 10:00-11:00

Please email for Zoom link

or by appt

Lecturers - Part Time

Name position email phone office

office hours

Alvarez, Yareli Lecturer yaalvare    



Zoom Link

Babu, Praveen Lecturer pbabu 756-5376 53-218

M,R - Noon - 1:00

Email for Zoom link

Bergen, Anne Marie Lecturer ambergen 756-2759 25-125B2  
Debruhl, Heather Lecturer hdebruhl 756-2877 33-257A

M: 3:10-4:00

T: 9:30-10:30

Zoom Link

Goschke, Grace Lecturer ggoschke 756-2454 33-278  
Hendricks, Steve Lecturer srhendri 756-2954 33-378  
Jew, Kara Lecturer kjew   33-396  
Maj, Magdalena Lecturer mmaj   53-220

M: 11:10-Noon

R: 10:10-11:00

Refer to syllabus for Zoom link

McConnico, Laurie Lecturer lmcconni 53-210C    
Neal, Emily Lecturer erusch   53-220  
Needles, Lisa Lecturer lneedles 756-2896 53-219 Please email to make an appointment
O'Neill, Megan Lecturer mboneill 756-2454 33-278  
Pisula, Anneka Lecturer apisula   180-535  
Polacek, Kelly Myer Lecturer kpolacek 756-2877 33-257A

T: 10:00-11:00

Zoom link available in Canvas

Resner, Emily Lecturer eresner   53-210C  
Roest, Michele Lecturer mroest   53-210B  
Ryan, Sean Lecturer spryan 756-2514 53-318  
Trunzo, Juliana Lecturer jtrunzo 756-6332 33-255A  
VanderKelen, Jennifer Lecturer jvanderk 574-3015 180-535

W: 9:30-10:30 & 9:00pm-10:00pm

Please email for Zoom link or appointment

Graduate Teaching Associates

Name position email phone office

office hours

Althaus, Kieran Graduate Student kalthaus    

M: 2:00-4:00

W: 4:00-5:00

Please email for Zoom link

Anderson, Kyra Graduate Student kande14     Please email for an appointment
Balderas, Eli Graduate Student ebaldera    

W: 10:00-11:00

M: 2:00-4:00

W: 4:00-5:00

Please email for Zoom link

Bills, Marissa Graduate Student mbills    

M & W: 3:10-4:10

Please email for Zoom link

Bow, Hannah Graduate Student hbow    

M & T:3:00-4:00 

Zoom Link

Breit, Emma Graduate Student ebreit    

W: 10:00-11:00 

F: 10:30-11:30

Please email for Zoom link

Brookwell, August Graduate Student abrookwe    

T: Noon-1:00

Please email for Zoom link

R: by appointment only

Castillo, Crystal Graduate Student ccasti10    

R: 3:00-5:00

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Dotterweich, Megan Graduate Student mdotterw     Please email for appointment or Zoom link
Excoffier, Paul Graduate Student pexcoffi      
Fabela, Frank Graduate Student rfabela      
Gaudenti, Nicole Graduate Student ngaudent    

T: 1:00-3:00

Please email for a Zoom link

Housh, Madeline Graduate Student mhoush     Please email for appointment
Huggins, Michael Graduate Student mthuggins      
Johnson, Avalon Graduate Student ajohn138    

R: 6:30-7:30

Zoom Link

Kahn, Elias Graduate Student elkahn    

T: Noon -1:00

W: 3:00-4:00

F: 1:00-2:00

Please email for Zoom link or

by appt

Mapes, Hayley Graduate Student hmapes    

W: 10:00-11:00

R: 3:00-4:00

F: 9:30-10:30

Please email for Zoom link

Michels, Dana Graduate Student demichel    

T: 11:00-1:00 & 3:00-4:00

Zoom Link or

by appointment

Mulroy, Michael Graduate Student mmulroy      
Murphy, Molly Graduate Student mmurph72    

W: 10:00-11:00 or 

by appointment

O'Connor, Megan Graduate Student moconn14      
Riordan, Katherine Graduate Student kriord01      
Rojas Soto, Maria Graduate Student mrojas08     Please email for appointment
Rousseasu, Zack Graduate Student zroussea    

W: 1:00-2:00


Zoom link on Canvas

Thom, Neele Graduate Student nthom    

R: 6:00-7:00

Zoom Link 

Uyeoka, Alycia Graduate Student auyeoka      
Vollhardt, Sydney Graduate Student svolhar      
West, Samantha Graduate Student swest01      


Name position email phone office
Keil, David Emeritus Professor dkeil 756-2043 33-352A
Kitts, Christopher L. Emeritus Professor ckitts 756-2949 180-533A

Department Technical Staff

Name position email phone office
Clendenen, Dave Instrctnl Support Tech II dclenden 756-2712 53-309
Hamrick, Alice Instrctnl Support Tech II
CAB Research Associate
ahamrick 756-2164 53-309
Jacobson, Craig Instrctnl Support Tech II cjacobso 756-7520 33-458
Merriam, John Instrctnl Support Tech III jmmerria 756-7531 33-466
Willey, Gage Instrctnl Support Tech I gwilley 530-632-4615 48-112

College Design & Fabrication Team

Name position email phone office
Brewster, Doug CSM Equip Tech III, Electromechanical dbrewste 756-2701 52-D24
Brewster, Rob CSM Equip Tech III, Electromechanical rabrewst 756-2701 52-D24
Dunham, Kevin CSM Equip Tech III, Electromechanical kedunham 756-2701 52-D24

Cal Poly Pier

Name position email phone office
Felton, Jason Diving Safety Officer jfelton 756-6058 Pier
Moylan, Tom Manager, Cal Poly Pier tmoylan 756-0225 25-216

Grant Project Affiliates

Name position email phone office
Castillo, Crystal NSF Fellow ccasti10   53-106
Pearson, Katelyn Manager, Herbarium
Digitization Project
kdpearso 756-2043 33-352
Phillips, Jennifer Postdoc, Francis Lab jnphilli 756-2896 53-219
Robbins, Ian Senior Research Scientist, Walter Lab (Physics) irobbins 756-0530
Vanderkelen, Jennifer Research Associate, CAB jvanderk 574-3015 180-535
Waltz, Grant Research Associate, Wendt Lab gwaltz 756-2950 53-114
Wang, Yi-Hui Offshore Energy Postdoctoral ywang59 756-7131 53-106

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