Students at the beach conducting research

Research in the Environmental Science program ranges from water quality to restoration ecology. Our goal is to actively engage undergraduates in research. Future students are encouraged to contact faculty and discuss potential projects!

Faculty Research Interests

  • Rachel Adams: Water quality & sustainability; Fate of chemical pollutants in the aquatic environment; Passive sampler method development
  • Sarah Bittick: Marine Ecology and how humans impact effect marine ecosystem functioning and community structure
  • Nicole Bouvier-Brown: Environmental chemistry; Air quality; Atmospheric chemistry; Volatile organic compounds (VOCs); Biogenic VOCs; Environmental Justice
  • Amber Bratcher-Covino: Coastal Ecology; Marine Biology; Biology
  • Kristen Covino: Evian physiology to continental scale migratory movements and whole life-cycle of migratory birds
  • Lambert Doezema: Atmospheric chemistry; Volatile organic compounds (VOCs); Geologic seepage
  • John Dorsey: Water quality; Transport and fate of fecal bacteria in coastal waters and wetlands; Use of biofiltration systems to control runoff pollution
  • Tom Ford: Study and restoration of kelp forests; Understanding and correcting sources of pollution in Los Angeles
  • Michelle Lum: Plant-microbe interactions: Bacterial mechanisms in beneficial plant interactions; Diversity of microbial communities associated with plants
  • Jeremy Pal: Climate change impacts on water resources and hydrologic cycle; Extreme climatic events including flood, drought, & heat waves; Agriculture; Human health
  • Eric Strauss: Urban biodiversity; Behavioral ecology of urban predators (coyotes, crows); Urban green infrastructure; Science education
  • Maria Christina Vasquez: Investigates the effects of multiple environmental stressors on marine invertebrte physiology
  • Demian Willette: Biological invasions; Sustainability fisheries; Urban park restoration; Ecosystem services; Capacity building in applied ecology