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Faculty Teaching and Research Interests


Christopher L. Kitts
(Dept Chair)

Bacterial Physiology; Microbial Ecology; Bacterial Energy Transduction; Biodegradation; Microbial Ecology in Bioremediation; Intestinal Microbial Ecology.

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.

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

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.

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.

Plant Evolutionary Biology; Physiology; Ecology;Statistical Methods in Biology; Photosynthesis; Whole Genome Evolution in Plants; Plant Distribution and Abundance in the California Flora.
Ecology and Evolution, Animal Behavior.

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.


Biology of Fishes; Aquaculture; Marine Ecology; Fisheries; Conservation Biology.

Conservation biology, wildlife management, vertebrate ecology, mammalogy, environmental science, history of biology, relationship between science and policy.

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

Invasive Plant Biology; Plant Biotechnology; Plant Ecophysiology.

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.

Food and dairy microbiology, Molecular detection and epidemiology of foodborne pathogens, Probiotic activities.

Botany, Plant speciation, Plant systematics, Plant evolution and adaptation, Asteraceae