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Emeriti: (Professors) Bruce S. Baker*, Winslow R. Briggs, Donald Kennedy, Peter Ray, Robert Schimke, Norman K. Wessells, Dow O. Woodward, Charles Yanofsky;** (Professor, Research) R. Paul Levine**

Chair: Robert D. Simoni

Professors: Barbara A. Block, Steven M. Block, Allan M. Campbell, Martha S. Cyert, Gretchen C. Daily, Mark W. Denny, Rodolfo Dirzo, Paul R. Ehrlich, David Epel, Marcus W. Feldman, Russell D. Fernald, Christopher B. Field, William F. Gilly, Deborah M. Gordon, Philip C. Hanawalt, H. Craig Heller, Patricia P. Jones, Richard G. Klein, Ron R. Kopito, Sharon R. Long, Liqun Luo, Susan K. McConnell, Harold A. Mooney, W. James Nelson, Stephen R. Palumbi, Joan Roughgarden, Robert M. Sapolsky, Stephen H. Schneider, Carla J. Shatz, Michael A. Simon, Robert D. Simoni, George N. Somero, Tim P. Stearns, Stuart H. Thompson, Shripad Tuljapurkar, Peter Vitousek, Virginia Walbot, Ward B. Watt

Professor (Teaching): Carol L. Boggs

Associate Professors: Judith Frydman, Elizabeth A. Hadly, Fiorenza Micheli, Dmitri Petrov

Assistant Professors: Dominique Bergmann, William F. Burkholder, Tadashi Fukami, Or Gozani, Mary Beth Mudgett, Mark J. Schnitzer, Kang Shen, Jan M. Skotheim

Assistant Professor (Research): Anthony De Tomaso

Courtesy Professors: Joseph Berry, Daniel Fisher, Wolf Frommer, Arthur R. Grossman, Terry Root, Irving Weissman, Wing Wong

Courtesy Associate Professors: Kathryn Barton, Alfred M. Spormann

Courtesy Assistant Professor: Zhiyong Wang

Lecturers: Waheeda Khalfan, Shyamala D. Malladi, Angela Lee Riepel, James Watanabe

Consulting Professors: Cathy Laurie, Catherine Squires, Marc Tessier-Lavigne

Librarian: Michael Newman

* Recalled to research.

** Recalled to active duty.

Main Department Office and Phone: Gilbert Building, Room 109; (650) 723-2413

Student Services Office and Phone: Gilbert Building, Room 108; (650) 723-1826

Mail Code: 94305-5020

Web Site:

Courses offered by the Department of Biology have the subject code BIO, and are listed in the "Biology [BIO] Courses" section of this bulletin.

The department provides: (1) a major program leading to the B.S. degree; (2) a minor program; (3) a coterminal program leading to the M.S. degree; (4) a doctoral program leading to the Ph.D. degree; and (5) courses designed for the non-major. An undergraduate major in Biology serves as preparation for professional careers, including medicine, dentistry, veterinary sciences, teaching, consulting, research, and field studies. For undergraduate students, the department offers courses and research opportunities that can satisfy either a general or specific interest in the various fields of biology. For graduate-level students, the department offers resources and experience learning from and working with world-renowned faculty involved in research on ecology, neurobiology, population biology, plant and animal physiology, biochemistry, immunology, cell and developmental biology, genetics, and molecular biology.

The facilities and personnel of the Department of Biology are housed in the Gilbert Biological Sciences Building, Herrin Laboratories, Herrin Hall, the Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve, the James H. Clark Center, the Lorry I. Lokey Laboratory Building and the Carnegie Institution of Washington on the main campus, and at the Hopkins Marine Station in Pacific Grove on Monterey Bay.

Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve (JRBP) is located near Stanford University's campus in the eastern foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains. The preserve encompasses geologic, topographic, and biotic diversity within its 1,189 acres and provides a natural laboratory for researchers from around the world, educational experiences for students and docent-led visitors, and refuge for native plants and animals. See

The Hopkins Marine Station, located 90 miles from the main University campus in Pacific Grove, was founded in 1892 as the first marine laboratory on the west coast of North America. For more information, including courses taught at Hopkins Marine Station with the subject code BIOHOPK, see the "Biology, Hopkins Marine Station" section of this bulletin, immediately following this section.

The department's large collections of plants (Dudley Herbarium), fish, reptiles, and amphibians, as well as smaller collections of birds, mammals, and invertebrates, are housed at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco, where they, and extensive collections of the academy, are available to those interested in the systematics of these groups. Entomological collections, restricted to those being used in particular research projects, are housed in the Herrin Laboratories. No general collections are maintained except for teaching purposes.

The Falconer Biology Library in Herrin Hall ( contains over 1,200 current subscriptions and an extensive collection of monographs and reference works. A specialized library is maintained at the Hopkins Marine Station.

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