Roy S. Houston, Ph.D
Professor Emeritus
Phone: 310-338-7776


  • Ph.D, in Zoology, University of Arizona, 1974
  • M.S. in Marine science, University of the Pacific, 1970
  • B.S. in Zoology, University of Arizona, 1968

Research Interests:
Functional morphology and ecology of marine gastropods, intertidal and subtidal ecology, coral reef ecology.

Other interests:

  • Director of the LMU Baja California Biological Station.
  • Certified SCUBA instructor.
  • Teacher and organizer of the LMU SCUBA Program taught through LMU Continuing Education.

(Esther) Virginia Merriam, Ph.D
Professor Emerita


  • Ph.D. in Biochemistry, University of Washington, 1966
  • B.S. in Chemistry, Elizabethtown College, 1962

Research Interests:
The cytogenetics of Tetrahymena.