College of Science

Environmental Science MS


Contacting potential advisors

Direct communication with potential faculty mentors is a key component of the application decision process for both PSM and Thesis applicants. We strongly encourage prospective students to visit our faculty directory and read about their areas of interest and ongoing research. Once you are familiar with their areas of specialty, please email professors to set up a time to either talk on the phone or meet with them here on campus.

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Susan Alexander

Lab: CSUMB NASA Ames Cooperative Agreement

Research Areas

  • Ecology
  • Environmental Science
  • Ecosystem processes
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Elizabeth Alter

LabThe Alter Lab

Research Areas

  • Molecular ecology and population genomics of aquatic organisms (particularly fishes and marine mammals)
  • Environmental DNA
  • Phylogenetics
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Jennifer Duggan

Lab: Terrestrial Wildlife Ecology

Research Areas

  • Conservation biology
  • Landscape ecology
  • Animal behavior
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Jose Pablo Dundore-Arias

Lab: The Plant Pathology Lab

Research Areas

  • Plant pathology
  • Phytobiomes
  • Plant and soil health
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Daniel Fernandez

Lab: The Fernandez Lab

Research Areas

  • Physics
  • Sustainability and alternative energy
  • Fog water collection
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Jimmy Guilinger

Lab: Watershed Geology Lab

Research Areas:

  • Process geomorphology in hillslope, riverine, and coastal systems; with an emphasis on disturbances related to climate change and human land use such as wildfires 
  • Sediment dynamics, terrestrial remote sensing, and geospatial analysis  
  • Watershed hydrology


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Arlene Haffa

LabThe Haffa Lab

Research Areas

  • Sustainable agriculture
  • Climate change
  • Microbial bioremediation
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Alison Haupt

Lab: Coastal Ecology Lab

Research Areas

  • Kelp forest ecology
  • Anthropogenic effects on marine ecosystems
  • Population connectivity
  • Conservation genetics
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Nathaniel Jue

LabGenomics & Bioinformatics Lab

Research Areas

  • Functional, evolutionary, and ecological genomics
  • Bioinformatics
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James Lindholm 

Lab: Image Analysis Lab 

Research Areas

  • Landscape ecology of fishes
  • MPA area design and management
  • Image-based approaches to subtidal ecology
  • Research Diving
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Cheryl Logan

LabEnvironmental Physiology Lab

Research Areas

  • Marine ecological physiology
  • Climate change biology
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John Olson

LabWatershed Environments and Ecology Lab

Research Areas

  • Freshwater ecology
  • Water quality
  • Bioassessment
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Sherry Palacios

LabBiological Oceanography Lab

Research Areas

  • Phytoplankton biodiversity
  • Meso-scale ocean features
  • Remote sensing
  • Aquatic optics
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Fred Watson

LabThe Watson Lab

Research Areas

  • Conservation, land use, planning, and recreation
  • Ecology of plants and wildlife
  • Hydrology
  • Cartography, Geographic Information Systems, and Remote Sensing
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Suzanne Worcester

Research Areas

  • Conservation biology
  • Environmental communication
  • Restoration ecology