Professor of Biology

Office: TA 116
Phone: 541-552-6253


Ph.D., MA, 1983, Biology, University of California, Santa Barbara

BA with Honors, Biology, 1977, Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park, California

Professional CV 

Alissa's Eco-Adventures

I am relatively new to the ES faculty, after working in administration for some years previously. I try to bring a different perspective to the Environments Studies Program from my background and experience working in marine ecosystems. I am trained as a traditional biologist with a specialization in ecological physiology, and I have study and published on adaptations of marine organisms to habitats ranging from mudflats to hydrothermal vents.

I thoroughly enjoy fostering the basic understanding of biological principles and concepts, and I work to enrich my teaching with experiences from my fieldwork and research. I teach lower division general education courses in Biology and Environmental Studies, ES entry-level majors courses such as Environmental Studies I and II, as well as, Oceanography and senior and graduate level seminars. And who knows what the future might bring? I look forward to exploring it with our bright and committed SOU students.