Kimberly D Tanner, Ph.D.

My research group, SEPAL: The Science Education Partnership and Assessment Laboratory, is interested in how people learn science, especially biology, and how teachers and scientists can collaborate to make science teaching and learning in classrooms – Kindergarten through college – more like how scientists work.

Andrea Swei

B.A. from University of California, Berkeley

Ph.D. from University of California, Berkeley

Postdoctoral fellow at Cary Instiute of Ecosystem Studies

Ruth Kirschstein postdoctoral fellow at University of California, San Francisco


Greg S Spicer

Ph.D. Evolutionary Biology - University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois (1990)

M.S. Evolutionary Biology - University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois (1986)

M.S. Biology - Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas (1985)

B.S. Biology - University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, Texas (1980)


The research focus in my lab is on systematics with an emphasis in
molecular phylogenetics and evolution.

Eric J Routman

Ph.D.  Washington University  1990

Selected publications:

Thompson, M.E., B.J. Halstead, G.D. Wylie, M. Amarello, J.J. Smith, M.L. Casazza, and E.J. Routman.  2013.  Effects of prescribed fire on Coluber constrictor mormon in coastal San Mateo County, California.  Herpetological Conservation and Biology.  8:602-615.

Sally G Pasion

Sally Pasion joined the faculty at San Francisco State in 2001, and is currently an Associate Professor of Biology, and teaches general education Biology courses to nonmajors, genetics and molecular biology to majors, and cell & molecular techniques to graduate students.  Her research interests include DNA replication and telomere maintenance in Schizosaccharomyces pombe, the fission yeast, which is an excellent system for training undergraduate and graduates students in basic cell biology, molecular biology, and microbiology.

Tom Parker


B.A., Biology, University of Texas, Austin, 1973

M.A, Ecology, University of California, Santa Barbara, 1975

Ph.D., Ecology, University of California, Santa Barbara, 1977



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