Welcome to my website. I am a Professor in the Division of Science & Environmental Policy (SEP) at California State University, Monterey Bay (CSUMB). I have been on the faculty here since before CSUMB opened its doors to students in the Fall of 1995. I helped to create CSUMB's thriving science programs and served as Chair of the Division of Science and Environmental Policy from 2005 - 2007.
My professional interests span biology, engineering, and art. I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology from UC Davis (with minors in Studio Art and French) and a Ph.D. in Bioengineering conferred jointly by the College of Engineering at UC Berkeley and the Graduate Division of the UC San Francisco Medical School. My graduate and post-doctoral work focused on understanding the physics behind many biological processes, including animal communication, organ formation in embryos, and the growth of coral reefs. I presently teach an eclectic mixture of biology, physics, and nature photography courses at CSUMB.
I am also Director of CSUMB's Ecosystem Electronics Lab (EEL), where I work with my students to design and build underwater robots and other funky gadgets to observe and study wild animals in their natural habitats. Many of these projects support innovative K-12 educational programs or provide data for scientific research in the Monterey region.
I love working at CSUMB because of its heavy emphasis on student success and its location near a wonderful diversity of fascinating animal and plant habitats including the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, Fort Ord Public Lands, Ventana Wilderness, Big Sur coast, Elkhorn Slough, and other fantastic outdoor "living classrooms."
I live in Marina near campus with my family. We enjoy hiking, mountain biking, sea kayaking, and other outdoor activities around Monterey and Big Sur.