Faculty Research

William K. Hayes, Ph.D
William K. Hayes, Ph.D

My research interests are in the areas of tropical marine ecophysiology, coral reef biodiversity and conservation, and marine invertebrate and vertebrate physiology and ecology. Although based at Loma Linda University, in Loma Linda, California, my research takes me to some great places around the globe.

With some of the most interesting organisms to work on and some of the most beautiful places on the planet to work in, I have what I consider to be one of the best jobs in the world!

Stephen G. Dunbar, Ph.D
Stephen G. Dunbar, Ph.D

My research interests are in the areas of tropical marine ecophysiology, coral reef biodiversity and conservation, and marine invertebrate and vertebrate physiology and ecology. Although based at Loma Linda University, in Loma Linda, California, my research takes me to some great places around the globe.

With some of the most interesting organisms to work on and some of the most beautiful places on the planet to work in, I have what I consider to be one of the best jobs in the world!

Leonard Brand, Ph.D.
Leonard Brand, Ph.D.

My research interests are in the areas of tropical marine ecophysiology, coral reef biodiversity and conservation, and marine invertebrate and vertebrate physiology and ecology. Although based at Loma Linda University, in Loma Linda, California, my research takes me to some great places around the globe.

With some of the most interesting organisms to work on and some of the most beautiful places on the planet to work in, I have what I consider to be one of the best jobs in the world!

H. Paul Buchheim, PhD
H. Paul Buchheim, PhD

My research interests are in the areas of tropical marine ecophysiology, coral reef biodiversity and conservation, and marine invertebrate and vertebrate physiology and ecology. Although based at Loma Linda University, in Loma Linda, California, my research takes me to some great places around the globe.

With some of the most interesting organisms to work on and some of the most beautiful places on the planet to work in, I have what I consider to be one of the best jobs in the world!

Kevin E. Nick, PhD
Kevin E. Nick, PhD

My research interests are in the areas of tropical marine ecophysiology, coral reef biodiversity and conservation, and marine invertebrate and vertebrate physiology and ecology. Although based at Loma Linda University, in Loma Linda, California, my research takes me to some great places around the globe.

With some of the most interesting organisms to work on and some of the most beautiful places on the planet to work in, I have what I consider to be one of the best jobs in the world!

Student Research

Matthew Ingle
Matthew Ingle

First year Ph.D Student
Stephen G. Dunbar's Lab

Matt is interested in understanding the relationships between parasite evolution and density of host species. He is especially interested in parasites of the North American raccoon Procyon lotor.

Noemi Duran
Noemi Duran

Second year Ph.D Student from Spain
Stephen G. Dunbar's Lab

Noemi will be working with the Protective Turtle Ecology Center for Training, Outreach and Research (ProTECTOR) on sea turtle research in Honduras.

Lindsey Damazo
Lindsey Damazo

First year Master's Degree Student
Stephen G. Dunbar's Lab

Lindsey will be working with the Protective Turtle Ecology Center for Trainnig, Outreach, and Research (ProTECTOR) in Honduras.

Noel Wingers
Noel Wingers

Second year Master's Degree Student
Stephen G. Dunbar's Lab

Noel will be working with the Protective Turtle Ecology Center for Training, Outreach and Research (ProTECTOR) in Honduras.

Melissa Blackmer
Melissa Blackmer

Second year Master's Degree Student
Stephen G. Dunbar's Lab

Melissa will be working with California Sea Hares (Aplysia californica) investigating the interactions between nociception, learning and memory.

Carlos Cerna
Carlos Cerna

First year Master's Degree Student
Stephen G. Dunbar's Lab

Carlos is a Master's in Biology student who is currently developing his research project and proposal.

Maria Kim
Maria Kim

Fourth year Master's Degree Student
Stephen G. Dunbar's Lab

Thesis title:Chemical Messaging in the Hermit Crab, Parurus samuelis

Maria is working on hermit crab research in Southern California. Her research involves finding the source of chemical communication in hermit crabs and the chemical messages involved in relaying information to the animals that a hermit crab may encounter.

Nathan Strub
Nathan Strub

Second year Master's Degree Student
Stephen G. Dunbar's Lab

Nathan is focusing his research on the toxic algae of the Salton Sea in southern California. His work is investigating seasonal patterns in blooms, toxicity, and the impacts of toxins on lake fauna. The work has wide-ranging implications for the management of the Sea and the fauna that use the Sea as foraging and breeding habitat.

Allen Cooper
Allen Cooper

M.S. in Progress
William K. Hayes' Lab

Behavioral ecology of venom expenditure by Scolopendra centipedes.

Aaron Corbit
Aaron Corbit

M.S. in Progress
William K. Hayes' Lab

Rattlesnakes on the edge: behavioral ecology of Red Diamond Rattlesnakes (Crotalus ruber) at the interface with human residential areas. Research website.

Gerad Fox
Gerad Fox

M.S. in Progress
William K. Hayes' Lab

Behavioral ecology of venom expenditure in the Desert Hairy Scorpion (Hadrurus arizonensis).

David Nelson
David Nelson

M.S. in Progress
William K. Hayes' Lab

Behavioral ecology of venom use and venom ontogeny in the Black Widow Spider, (Latrodectus hesperia).

Carl Person
Carl Person

M.S. in Progress
William K. Hayes' Lab

Phylogeography and speciation in select rattlesnake species.