Department News

Dr. Judy Brusslan Elected to AAAS Fellow

Dr. Judy Brusslan was recently elected to the rank of Fellow in the American Association for the Advancement of Science! Members elected to Fellow are those whose "efforts on behalf of the advancement of science, or its applications, are scientifically or socially distinguished."

CSULB Biology Professor Receives Wang Award for Creating Innovative Mentoring Program

Dr. Kelly Young has been select as the recipient of the Wang Family Excellence Award for Outstanding Faculty Innovator in Student Success for her innovative mentoring training program that impacts up to 140,000 CSU students. Congratulations, Dr. Young!

Ocean Studies Program Offers CSULB Students Chance to Explore Sea Life off Catalina Island

For more than 20 years, The Beach has provided instructors to teach on Catalina, giving students the experience of hands-on research, presenting their findings to friends and family at a symposium, and writing academic papers.

CSULB Student Researchers Delve into Stingray Behavior

CSULB marine biology graduate students are researching how and why stingrays cause so much pain.

CSULB awarded $2.5M Keck Foundation grant to increase diversity in STEM

The College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics has been awarded a $2.5 million grant from the Keck Foundation to increase enrollment and retention from first-generation and underrepresented students.

CNSM Students Win Big at 2021 Biomedical Research Conference

CNSM students win six awards at 2021 ABRCMS – a research conference designed for underrepresented minority students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

CSULB Students Join Effort to Assess Impact of Huntington Beach Oil Spill

In response to the oil spill off Huntington Beach, CSULB's Shark Lab and Whitcraft Wetlands Lab took part in field sampling along various Southern California shorelines to assess the damage to native marine life and sensitive ecological systems.

Phil the Corpse Flower Showing Off

"Phil" the corpse flower put on a show just two years after its last bloom in 2019 and again released its well-documented rotten flesh stench.

Ancient Bacteria in Frozen Soil

Dr. Renaud Berlemont recently contributed to research analyzing samples of ancient soil trapped in Arctic ice from roughly 33,000 years ago.

Congratulations to the Graduating Class of 2020!

The Biological Sciences Department celebrates with our recent graduates, their family and friends, and our faculty and staff. We created a video compilation for everyone to enjoy. Congratulations to the graduating class of 2020!

From Oysters to Armadillos, Students Explore Science

Our Biological Sciences Department conducts a wide variety of research throughout the year including projects designed to save our coastal wetlands, exploring the evolution of armored mammals, and discovering whether bees have an impact on native plant life.

Rebuilding Our Coastlines

Dr. Whitcraft's lab focuses on quantifying the effects of human activities on the structure and function of wetlands. The lab also works with land owners and resource agencies to design solutions that prevent further degradation and restore these ecosystems.