College of Science

Department of Applied Environmental Science

Research Opportunities within the Natural Sciences

Over 15 science labs operate within the natural sciences 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 Groups

Students in agriculture field


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

Coastal and Marine Ecosystems Program

Director: Dr. Corey Garza

Areas of Research: Coastal resilience, coastal intelligence, place based conservation

Veliger larvae

The Molecular Ecology Lab

PI: Dr. Eric Crandall

Areas of research: Comparative phylogeography, seascape genetics, marine evolution

Dr. Tori Derr

The Engagement Lab

PI: Dr. Tori Derr

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

The Fernandez Lab

PI: Dr. Dan Fernandez

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

Marine Landscape Ecology Lab

PI: Dr. Corey Garza

Areas of Research: Marine landscape ecology, intertidal community dynamics, geospatial technology

Genomics and Bioinformatics Lab

PI: Dr. Nathaniel Jue

Areas of Research: Evolutionary and functional genomics, genetics

Image Analysis Lab

PI: Dr. James Lindholm

Areas of Research: Shelf and Slope Ecology; Image-based approaches to data collection; application of science to policy and management

Logan Lab students collecting data

The Logan Lab

PI: Dr. Cheryl Logan

Areas of Research: Marine Environmental, Ecological & Evolutionary Physiology, Climate Change Stress Physiology, Ecological Forecasting, Ocean Climate Change Policy

mushrooms on a log

Plant Pathology Lab

PI: Dr. Timothy Miles

Areas of research: Development of resistant plant cultivars, cultural and chemical management, host biochemical defense mechanisms, pathogen detection

The Haffa Lab

PI: Dr. Arlene Haffa

Areas Of interest: Agricultural biogeochemistry

Watershed Geology Lab

Watershed Geology Lab

PI: Dr. Douglas Smith

Areas of Research: Geology/geomorphology, hydrology, stream restoration

Ecosystem overview

The Watson Lab

PI: Dr. Fred Watson

Areas of Research: Water Quality, Wildlife Ecology, Remote Sensing, Population Dynamics, Landscape Ecology, Ecosystem Visualization

Watershed Environments & Ecology Lab (WEE)

PI: Dr. John Olson

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