Research Opportunities within SNS

Over 15 science labs operate within the School of Natural Sciences (SNS) at CSUMB. Undergraduate, graduate, and post-doctoral students work with their Principal Investigators (P.I.s) in SNS labs as interns, researchers, and research assistants, contributing to cutting edge research and gaining valuable experience in their field of interest.

Research Groups


PI: 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

PI: Dr. Corey Garza

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


PI: Dr. James Lindholm

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

Watershed Institute Mural of sand dunes

The Watershed Institute

Contact: Laura Lee Lienk

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

Research Labs

The Molecular Ecology Lab

PI: Dr. Eric Crandall

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

The Engagement Lab

PI: Dr. Tori Derr

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

The Terrestrial Wildlife Ecology Lab

PI: Dr. Jennifer Duggan

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

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

The Laboratory for Applied Electrochemistry

PI: Dr. John Goeltz

Areas of Research: Electrochemistry for energy, the environment, biology, and marine science

Genomics and Bioinformatics Lab

PI: Dr. Nathaniel Jue

Areas of Research: Evolutionary and functional genomics, genetics

Seafloor Mapping Lab

PI: Dr. Rikk Kvitek

Areas of Research: Seafloor mapping

Research Diving Program

PI: Dr. James Lindholm

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

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

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

Ecosystems Electronics Lab (EEL)

PI: Dr. Steve Moore

Areas of Research: Benthic marine ecology, subsea robotics, Remotely operated vehicles

soils and agriculture

The Haffa Lab

PI: Dr. Arlene Haffa

Areas Of interest: Agricultural biogeochemistry

Watershed Geology Lab

PI: Dr. Douglas Smith

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

Sreenivasan Lab

PI: Dr. Aparna Sreenivasan

Areas of Research: Cell cycle, molecular biology, genetics, genomics and science communication

The Watson Lab

PI: Dr. Fred Watson

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

stream monitoring

Watershed Environments & Ecology Lab (WEE)

PI: Dr. John Olson

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

Adjunct Faculty

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The Garren Lab

PI: Dr. Melissa Garren

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

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