Faculty and Staff


Biological Sciences Department 

California Polytechnic State University
1 Grand Avenue
San Luis Obispo, CA 93407-0401
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office hours

Hillers, Ken

Department Chair &


khillers 756-1481 33-274

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Tuesday - 2:00-3:30 Wednesday- 10:30-Noon


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



malejand 756-5242 33-273

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Reeves, Kristen


Support Coordinator

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Faculty - Tenured and Tenure-Track

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Adams, Nikki Professor nadams 756-2943 33-371  
Bean, Tim Assistant Professor wtbean 756-2662 33-276  
Black, Michael Professor mblack 756-2894 33-380  
Blank, Jason Associate Professor jmblank 756-5629 33-377  
Clement, Sandra Associate Professor slclemen 756-2154 33-269  
Davidson, Jean Assistant Professor jdavid06 756-7421 33-267  
Fidopiastis, Pat Professor pfidopia 756-2883 33-374  
Francis, Clinton Associate Professor cdfranci 756-5358 33-369  
Grossenbacher, Dena Assistant Professor dgrossen 756-2135 33-376  
Hardy, Kristin Associate Professor kmhardy 756-2806 33-264  
Himelblau, Ed Professor ehimelbl 756-2826 33-365  
Keeling, Elena Professor ekeeling 756-2175 33-271  
Knight, Charles Professor knight 756-2989 33-364  
Kolluru, Gita Professor gkolluru 756-2819 33-368  
Lema, Sean Professor slema 756-2802 33-370  
Liwanag, Heather Associate Professor hliwanag 756-5202 33-375  
Martinez, Nathaniel Associate Professor nmarti32 756-2185 33-379  
Pasulka, Alexis Assistant Professor apasulka 756-5399 33-265  
Perrine, John Professor jperrine 756-2368 33-275  
Rajakaruna, Nishi Professor nrajakar 756-2836 33-367  
Ritter, Matthew Professor mritter 756-2775 33-373  
Ruttenberg, Ben Associate Professor bruttenb 756-2498 33-361  
Strand, Christy Professor cstrand 756-2207 33-266  
Taylor, Emily Professor etaylor 756-2616 33-270  
Tomanek, Lars Professor ltomanek 756-2437 33-372  
Villablanca, Francis Professor fvillabl 756-2200 33-268  
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  
Yep, Alejandra Associate Professor yep 756-5355 33-366  
Yeung, Marie Professor pmyeung 756-5199 33-362  
Yost, Jenn Associate Professor jyost 756-5869 33-363  

Lecturers - Full Time

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office hours

Bunting, Jamie Lecturer bunting 756-2557 33-383  
Jones, Michael Lecturer mjones99 756-2906 33-382  

Lecturers - Part Time

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office hours

Babu, Praveen Lecturer pbabu 756-5376 53-218  
Debruhl, Heather Lecturer hdebruhl 756-2877 33-257A  
Goodman, Anya Lecturer agoodman      
Goschke, Grace Lecturer ggoschke 756-2454 33-278  
Jew, Kara Lecturer kjew   33-396  
Love, Natalie Lecturer nllove      
Maj, Magdalena Lecturer mmaj   53-220  
McConnico, Laurie Lecturer lmcconni 53-210C    
Nation, Jasmine Lecturer jmnation      
Neal, Emily Lecturer erusch   53-220  
Needles, Lisa Lecturer lneedles 756-2896 53-219  
O'Neill, Megan Lecturer mboneill 756-2454 33-278  
Pisula, Anneka Lecturer apisula   180-535  
Polacek, Kelly Myer Lecturer kpolacek 756-2877 33-257A  
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  

Graduate Teaching Associates

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office hours

Abelli-Amen, Ella



Anderson, Kyra Graduate Student kande14      
Balderas, Eli Graduate Student ebaldera      
Bersin, Theresa Graduate Student tbersin      
Bills, Marissa Graduate Student mbills      
Bow, Hannah Graduate Student hbow      
Breit, Emma Graduate Student ebreit      
Brookwell, August Graduate Student abrookwe      
Calloway, Stephanie Graduate Student smcallow      
Castillo, Crystal Graduate Student ccasti10      
Dotterweich, Megan Graduate Student mdotterw      
Fisher, Ashley Graduate Student afishe08@calpoly.edu      
Fryer, Emma Graduate Student erfryer      
Housh, Madeline Graduate Student mhoush      
Kahn, Elias Graduate Student elkahn      
Mapes, Hayley Graduate Student hmapes      
Messina, Stephanie Graduate Student smessina      
Mulroy, Michael Graduate Student mmulroy      
Murphy, Molly Graduate Student mmurph72      
Paolilli, Dena Graduate Student dpalill      
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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