College of Science

Department of Applied Environmental Science

Research Opportunities

Eight research labs operate within the Department of Applied Environmental Science at CSUMB. Undergraduate, graduate, and post-doctoral students work with their Principal Investigators (P.I.s) in research labs as interns, researchers, and research assistants, contributing to cutting edge research and gaining valuable experience in their field of interest.

Research Labs

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The Engagement Lab

PI: Dr. Victoria Derr

Areas of Research: Education, participation, and planning for just sustainability

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The Garren Lab

PI: Dr. Melissa Garren

Areas of Research: Marine ecology, marine microbial processes, small-scale fisheries

Students standing amongst mesh fog water collectors

The Fernandez Lab

PI: Dr. Daniel Fernandez

Areas of Research: Statewide fog water collection and spatial, temporal, and chemical analysis of it

Environmental science undergraduate students walking in a agriculture field

CSUMB NASA AMES Lab

Director: Dr. Susan Alexander

Areas of research: ecological and watershed systems with an emphasis on local, regional, and global environmental problems and issues resulting from changing climatic and land-use patterns

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The Terrestrial Wildlife Ecology Lab

PI: Dr. Jennifer Duggan

Areas of Research: Conservation biology, landscape ecology, animal behavior

Students sampling a stream

Watershed Environments & Ecology Lab (WEE)

PI: Dr. John Olson

Areas Of Interest: Aquatic Ecology, Remote Sensing, Watershed Sciences

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The Watershed Institute

Director: Dr. Jennifer Duggan

Areas of Research: watershed geology, plant pathology, agricultural bio-geochemistry, biological remediation, terrestrial wildlife biology

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The Watson Lab

PI: Dr. Fred Watson

Areas of Research: Conservation, Plant Ecology, Wildlife Ecology, Land Use, Recreation Planning, Remote Sensing, Statistics, Hydrology

Education and Outreach Partnerships

Many Applied Environmental Science faculty members are conducting grant-funded outreach and education projects in various fields related to our graduate and undergraduate programs. Through these partnerships, faculty provide unique hands-on opportunities for collaborative student research and education/outreach in a variety of communities.