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Faculty & Staff


Dr. Bengt Allen

Marine Community Ecology

PHONE: 562.985.7553
WEB: Allen Lab

Research in my lab focuses on both the mechanistic links between local environmental conditions and individual physiology and behavior, and how variation at the individual level influences the structure and function of associated populations and communities.


Dr. Jesse Dillon

Marine Microbiology

PHONE: 562.985.4824
WEB: Dillon Lab

My research focuses on the ecology and diversity of microorganisms in two main marine habitats: coastal salt marshes and coastal sulfur vents. We combine molecular sequence analysis, radiotracer studies and culturing approaches to study environmental factors (e.g. sea level rise) that govern the distribution, abundance and activity of microbes. 


Dr. Gwen Goodmanlowe

Marine Mammalogy

PHONE: 562.985.4693

My prior research focused on the feeding ecology of pinnipeds and on contaminant bioaccumulation in pinnipeds and cetaceans. Though available to serve on graduate committees, I no longer conduct research, and instead focus on teaching and on advising undergraduates in the marine biology and organismal biology programs.


Dr. Erika Holland

Aquatic Toxicology

PHONE: 562.985.5389
WEB: Holland Lab

My laboratory researches the impact of pollutants on aquatic organisms using tools spanning receptor, cellular and whole animal endpoints. Research interests span numerous pollutant classes with a particular focus on chemicals that alter calcium signaling pathways essential to such processes as neurodevelopment and striated muscle function.


Dr. Darren Johnson

Evolutionary Ecology of Fishes

PHONE: 562.985.5602
WEB: Johnson Lab

My lab studies the ecology and evolutionary biology of reef fishes.  We are especially interested in understanding how nearshore fish populations will respond to environmental changes such as predator loss and ocean acidification.  We use a combination of scuba-based fieldwork and laboratory experiments to answer these questions.


Dr. Brian Livingston

Evolution of Development in Echinoderms

PHONE: 562.985.4806
WEB: Livingston Lab

We study how the controlled expression of genes during embryonic development leads to the formation of specific tissues, and how alterations in that process leads to the evolution of new traits. We are especially interested in how a hard, mineralized skeleton is formed. We study this in echinoderms using a comparative genomic and proteomic approach.


Dr. Christopher Lowe

Physiology and Ecology of Fishes

PHONE: 562.985.4918
WEB: Shark Lab

My research focuses on behavioral and physiological ecology of elasmobranchs and teleost gamefishes. We use a variety of technologies such as acoustic and satellite telemetry, accelerometers, autonomous underwater vehicles and unmanned aerial vehicles to study the behavior of marine animals with application to conservation and management.


Dr. Douglas Pace

Ecological Physiology

PHONE: 562.985.4825
WEB: Pace Lab

My lab studies the developmental physiology of marine invertebrates. By learning critical techniques in organismal physiology and biochemistry, students discover adaptive strategies employed by larval organisms for surviving in heterogeneous environments. We are a large research group that utilizes a “team approach” to studying how organisms work.


Dr. Bruno Pernet

Invertebrate Biology

PHONE: 562.985.5378
WEB: Pernet Lab

We study how invertebrate animals develop, how they function, and how they have evolved. We are particularly interested in the evolution of form and function in the embryos and larvae of marine invertebrates including annelids, molluscs, and echinoderms.


Dr. Christine Whitcraft

Wetlands Ecology

PHONE: 562.985.4820
WEB: Whitcraft Lab

My research focuses generally on wetland ecology. Specifically, I am interested in the impact of human activities on the structure and functioning of coastal wetlands. Projects in my laboratory include restoration evaluation, invasive species studies, linking fish movement to habitat characteristics, and food web studies.


Dr. Raymond Wilson

Population Genetics and Systematics of Fishes

PHONE: 562.985.5867

I study the population genetics of colonizing species of fishes, including invasive ones of California's estuaries, by analyzing genetic diversity differences between colonizers and their respective source populations.  A goal is to develop an ability to recognize recently established populations genetically where colonization history is not known.


Emeritus Faculty

Dr. Charles Galt

Zooplankton Biology



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Dr. Ju-Shey Ho

Biology of Parasitic Copepods



Dr. Steven Manley


PHONE: 949.391.2556
WEB: Manley Lab


Dr. Andrew Zed Mason

Applied Ecotoxicology



Dr. Alan Miller

Ecology of Marine Invertebrates



Yvette Ralph

Marine Lab Technician

PHONE: 562.985.4907

I manage the CSULB Marine Laboratory. My responsibilities include collecting any live marine specimens used for instruction, and training graduate student assistants and undergraduate student volunteers in the husbandry of local marine organisms. I am also the Boating Safety Officer for the College of Natural Sciences.