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B.Sc., Biology, California State University, Los Angeles, 1995
Ph.D., Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology, University of California, Santa Barbara, 2001
Dr. Corey Garza is an associate professor of Marine Science in the School of Natural Sciences at California State University, Monterey Bay. Prior to arriving at CSUMB he was a research ecologist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) where he served as scientific liaison to and, chief scientist for the USEPA Long Island Sound Study. He has held postdoctoral positions with the USEPA Environmental Monitoring and Assessment Program, and the Center for Environmental Analysis at California State University, Los Angeles.
His research interests are in the area of marine landscape ecology. He uses GIS modeling and spatial statistics to study the relationship between scale dependence, habitat complexity and patterns of species distribution and abundance in marine communities. Dr. Garza serves as the principal investigator for the Coastal and Marine Ecosystems Program and, the Marine Landscape Ecology Lab at CSUMB. He also directs the Monterey Bay Regional Ocean Science Research Experiences for Undergraduates Program.
At CSUMB Dr. Garza teaches ENVS 332: Intro to GIS/GPS (4 units), Introduction to GIS/GPS, MSCI 350: Quantitative Marine Science (4 units), Quantitative Marine Science and ENVS 545, Marine Ecological Systems. Dr. Garza is also active in educational outreach, particularly in advancing the participation of underrepresented groups in science. Currently he serves as the co-director for Ocean Opportunities, an outreach program that supports minority undergraduate students in their pursuit of Ocean Science related educational and career opportunities. For the last 12 years he has chaired and organized a special scientific symposium in Marine Science at the annual meeting of the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS). He also participates as a faculty mentor in the McNair Scholars Program at CSUMB and is the faculty advisor for the CSUMB SACNAS student chapter.