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Faculty Teaching and Research Interests


invertebrate zoology, functional invertebrate zoology, marine biology, developmental biology and ecological physiology of marine invertebrates, UV photobiology and photochemistry.

cell and molecular biology, microbial pathogenesis, host-pathogen interactions (including molecular mechanisms of disease and the immune response), virology; biology education.

human anatomy & physiology, cardiovascular, muscular, and exercise physiology, physiology of tunas and other scombrid fishes, cardiac shunting in crocodilians

post-transcriptional and post-translational regulation of gene expression by cell signaling pathways in mammalian cells; epigenetics; gender, race, culture, science & technology

food microbiology, general microbiology, molecular biology, virology, bacterial pathogenesis, microbial physiology, orientation to biotechnology, emerging infectious diseases.

animal behavior, conservation biology, avian ecology, ecological consequences of noise pollution on bird behavior

evolution, plant evolutionary ecology, speciation, phylogenetics, biodiversity, conservation biology

environmental physiology of marine invertebrates; metabolic effects of intracellular and environmental hypoxia; molecular and physiological adaptations to stress in crustaceans; comparative muscle physiology and energetics; evolution of behavior in crustaceans.

Ken Hillers
(Dept Chair)

genetics; molecular biology; chromosome biology; cell division.

biology education, plant physiology, genetics.

cell Biology, genetics, developmental biology, and science education.

David J. Keil

plant Taxonomy; cytotaxonomy; field botany; plant ecology; biogeography; evolution; rare and endangered plants; California vegetation; systematics of Asteraceae; flora of San Luis Obispo County; floristics of California, Arizona; thistle taxonomy.

bacterial physiology; microbial ecology; bBacterial energy transduction; biodegradation; microbial ecology in bioremediation; intestinal microbial ecology.

plant evolutionary biology; physiology; ecology; statistical methods in biology; photosynthesis; whole genome evolution in plants; plant distribution and abundance in the California flora.

costs and benefits of sexually selected displays; Aggressive intermale interactions; costs of mating and resulting trade-offs; evolution in poeciliid fishes, especially the Cuban species Girardinus metallicus; phenotypic plasticity and geographic variation in mating tactics; Host-parasite interactions.

environmental endocrinology; behavioral ecology of marine and freshwater fishes; evolution of developmental and behavioral plasticity; endocrine disruption by chemical pollutants;  integration of phenotypic plasticity into new approaches to conservation.

Heather Liwanag
comparative physiology, thermal biology, physiological ecology, evolutionary physiology, animal behavior.
Nathaniel Martinez HIV-1 assembly: trafficking of HIV-1 Gag and Env proteins in the host cell; point-of-care devices: development of effective, low cost, low tech, portable devices for the quantitative measurement of biological specimens

biology of fishes; aquaculture; marine ecology; fisheries; conservation biology.

Population and community ecology of marine plankton; food web interactions involving microzooplankton and viruses; ecology of marine protozoa and viruses; role of planktonic organisms in nutrient cycling.
conservation biology, wildlife management, vertebrate ecology, mammalogy, environmental science, history of biology, relationship between science and policy.

geobotany, plant evolutionary ecology, phytoremediation, conservation biology, ethnobotany

botany; plant molecular and developmental biology; plant biotechnology; genetic engineering; agriculture; crop improvement; sustainable agriculture; economic botany; plant ecology; restoration ecology.

ecological, demographic, and life history variation in populations; spatial and temporal structure of populations across environmental and anthropogenic gradients; prediction of population and community responses to natural and anthropogenic influences; management of marine systems

neuroendocrinology, animal behavior, environmental physiology, physiology, anatomy.

environmental physiology, ecology, animal behavior, herpetology.

ecological physiology of marine Invertebrates; proteomics; global climate change; biochemical temperature adaptation.

molecular and organismal evolution, molecular systematics, population genetics, conservation genetics, invasion genetics, statistical phylogeography, demography in natural populations, phylochronology, mammalogy and ornithology.

medical/veterinary entomology, parasitology, medical bacteriology, tick-borne pathogens of humans and animals.

physiology and ecology of marine invertebrate animals including factors that influence larval settlement and metamorphosis, energetics, use of dissolved organic matter, development of non-toxic marine coatings.

marine ecology and conservation; fisheries management; ecosystem-based management and marine spatial planning of interacting ocean uses; dispersal and population connectivity

immunology, virology, pre-health professionals, public health.

microbial pathogenesis, host-pathogen interactions, general microbiology, medical microbiology, bacterial genetics, molecular biology.

food and dairy microbiology, molecular detection and epidemiology of foodborne pathogens, probiotic activities.

botany, plant speciation, plant systematics, plant evolution and adaptation, Asteraceae


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