Regular Faculty

Professor Joseph Schulz

Joseph Schulz, Chair

Professor, Biology; Advisory Committee, Biochemistry; Advisory Committee, Neuroscience
B.S., Indiana University; Ph.D., UC San Diego
Joseph Schulz teaches zoology, biochemistry, and vertebrate physiology. His research focuses on the activity and evolution of venom peptides in fish-hunting cone snails.
Professor Renee Baran

Renee Baran

Associate Professor, Biology; Advisory Committee, Biochemistry; Advisory Committee, Neuroscience
B.A., Macalester College; Ph.D., UC Berkeley
Renee Baran teaches genetic analysis, developmental biology, and introduction to cell and molecular biochemistry.
Professor Elizabeth Braker

Elizabeth Braker

Professor, Biology; Advisory Committee, Urban and Environmental Policy; Affiliated Faculty, Latino/a and Latin American Studies
B.A., Colorado College; Ph.D., UC Berkeley
Elizabeth Braker teaches courses in conservation biology, animal behavior, and biodiversity.
Shana Goffredi headshot

Shana Goffredi

Professor, Biology; Advisory Committee, Biochemistry
B.A., University of San Diego; Ph.D., UC Santa Barbara
Shana Goffredi’s research interests concern beneficial symbiotic partnerships between bacteria and invertebrates. Read her Oxy Story profile.

Gary Martin

Professor, Biology
B.A., M.A., California State College, Sonoma; Ph.D., UC Berkeley
Dr. Martin teaches courses in invertebrate zoology, histology, and electron microscopy.
Professor Amanda Zellmer

Amanda Zellmer McCormack

Assistant Professor, Biology
B.S. University of Wisconsin, Ph.D University of Michigan
Amanda Zellmer’s research focuses on the utility and development of computational methods for studying spatial ecological and evolutionary processes, particularly in the context of conservation biology.
Professor John McCormack

John McCormack

Director and Curator of the Moore Laboratory of Zoology; Associate Professor, Biology
B.S., University of Arizona; Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles
Dr. McCormack uses museum specimens and genomes to study the evolutionary history of birds, focusing especially on how both ancient landscape changes and more recent human-caused environmental changes affect birds’ distributions, appearance, and DNA.
Professor Gretchen North

Gretchen North

John W. McMenamin Endowed Chair in Biology; Advisory Committee, Biochemistry; Advisory Committee, Urban and Environmental Policy
B.A., Stanford University; M.A., University of Connecticut; M.A., College of William and Mary; Ph.D., UCLA
Gretchen North investigates how plants cope with physically challenging conditions.
Professor Cheryl Okumura

Cheryl Okumura

Associate Professor, Biology; Advisory Committee, Biochemistry; Steering Committee, Public Health
B.A. Pomona College; Ph.D. UCLA
Cheryl Okumura teaches Public Health Biology, Introduction to Cell and Molecular Biology and Microbial Pathogenesis.
Roberta Pollock

Roberta Pollock

Professor, Biology; Biochemistry; Advisory Committee, Biochemistry
B.S., Emory University; Ph.D., Harvard University
Dr. Pollock teaches immunology, molecular biology, introductory biology, and Gender and Science.
Dan Pondella

Daniel Pondella

Professor, Biology; Director, Vantuna Research Group
A.B., M.A., Occidental College; Ph.D., UCLA
Dan Pondella teaches the biology of marine fishes, biodiversity of marine ecosystems, and biological oceanography.
Professor Amber Stubler

Amber Stubler

Assistant Professor, Biology
B.S., Stony Brook University; Ph.D., Stony Brook University
Amber Stubler teaches Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography.
Professor Kerry Thompson

Kerry Thompson

Professor, Biology
B.A., M.A., Ph.D., UCLA
Kerry Thompson teaches introduction to cell and molecular biochemistry, stem cell biology, and neurobiology.

On Special Appointment

Maria Adreani

Non-Tenure Track Assistant Professor, Biology
B.S., University of California, Santa Barbara; M.A., Northeastern University; M.S., California State University, Northridge; Ph.D. Florida State University
James Maley headshot

James Maley

Collections Manager, Moore Laboratory of Zoology
B.S., M.S., University of Alaska Fairbanks; Ph.D., Louisiana State University
Dr. Maley is an expert in ornithology and museum collections. His research on secretive wetland birds called rails helped us understand how species sometimes hybridize and led to the recognition that California’s local rail was even more distinctive than previously thought.

Karen Molinder

Non-Tenure Track Assistant Professor, Biology
B.A. Occidental, Ph.D U.C.L.A.
Dr. Molinder teaches biochemistry and molecular biology.
Professor Garyt Schindelman

Gary Schindelman

Non-Tenure Track Associate Professor, Biology; Advisory Committee, Biochemistry
B.S., State University of New York at Binghamton; Ph.D., New York University
In addition to teaching at Occidental, Gary Schindelman is a biological curator for WormBase at Caltech.
Jonathan Williams

Jonathan P. Williams

Non-Tenure Track Instructor, Biology
B.S., UNC Wilmington, M.S., CSU Northridge
Research Scientist, Vantuna Research Group

Laurel Zahn

Non-Tenure Track Instructor, Biology
B.S. University of California, Santa Cruz, M.S. California State University Long Beach
Zahn teaches Marine Biology.