USC Faculty Affiliated with the Wrigley Institute

Through the Wrigley Institute, USC faculty members from various disciplines come together to conduct collaborative and innovative research, support undergraduate and graduate training, and promote educational and outreach programming.


Faculty Affiliates by Department

 

Anthropology

Craig B. Stanford, Professsor of Anthropology and Biological Sciences
Area of Expertise: Human evolution, primatology, primate behavior, primate societies and human behavior, tropical forest conservation, science vs. creationism, biological anthropology.
Phone: (213) 740-1918
Email: stanford@usc.edu

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Architecture

Douglas Campbell, Adjunct Professor of Architecture
Area of Expertise: Landscape architecture, coupled human non-human systems design.
Phone: (213) 740-2723
Email: dougcampbellusc@gmail.com

Regula Campbell, Adjunct Professor of Architecture
Area of Expertise: Architecture and landscape design, communication of environmental ethics in design.
Phone: (213) 740-2723
Email: regulausc@gmail.com

Travis Longcore, Associate Professor (Research) of Spatial Sciences
Area of expertise: urban bioresource management, ecological light pollution, endangered species conservation and monitoring, historical ecology.
Phone: (213) 821-1310
Email: longcore@usc.edu

John Wilson, Professor of Sociology, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Computer Science and Architecture
Area of Expertise: Geographical Information Systems (GIS), topographic analysis programs, field work, geostatistics, terrain analysis, soil erosion, crop productivity and water quality modeling, quantifying spatial patterns of climate, soil, vegetation and land use, spatial predictions of population growth and habitat change in Southern California.
Phone: (213) 740-1908
Email: jpwilson@usc.edu

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Biological Sciences

Jan Amend, Professor of Earth Sciences and Biological Sciences
Area of Expertise: Hydrothermal systems, energetics of microbial metabolism, geomicrobiology of arsenic, origin of life, astrobiology, extremophiles, thermophiles, novel culturing techniques.
Phone: (213) 740-5842
Email: janamend@usc.edu

Gerry Bakus, Professor of Biological Sciences
Area of Expertise: Ecology, quantitative methodology, marine sponges, multimedia development for education.
Phone: (213) 740-5790
Email: bakus@usc.edu

David Bottjer, Professor of Earth Sciences, Biological Sciences and Environmental Studies
Area of Expertise: Fossils, origin of animal life, mass extinctions and evolution in the oceans.
Phone: (213) 740-6100
Email: dbottjer@usc.edu

Douglas G. Capone, William and Julie Wrigley Chair in Environmental Studies and Professor of Biological Sciences
Area of Expertise: Marine microbial ecology, biogeochemistry, nitrogen fixation, biocomplexity, mangrove, ecosystem, bacteria.
Phone: (213) 740-2772
Email: capone@usc.edu

David A. Caron, Professor of Biological Sciences
Area of Expertise: Harmful algal blooms, microbial ecology, marine food webs and trophic relationships among microorganisms, especially protists (microalgae and protozoa). 
Phone: (213) 740-0203
Email: dcaron@usc.edu 

Matthew Dean, Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences
Area of Expertise: Evolutionary biology
Phone: (213) 740-5513
Email: matthew.dean@usc.edu

Linda Duguay, Associate Professor (Research) of Biological Sciences
Area of Expertise: Biological oceanography, marine ecology (including Arctic and Antarctic ecosystems), marine and coastal resources, biology of gelatinous zooplankton, dredge spoil placement and effects on benthic communities, and studies of the urban ocean.
Phone: (213) 821-1335 or (213) 740-1960
Email: duguay@usc.edu

Suzanne Edmands, Associate Professor of Biological Sciences
Area of Expertise: Marine biology and ecology, evolution and population genetics, molecular genetic techniques and conservation biology. 
Phone: (213) 740-5548
Email: sedmands@usc.edu

Katrina Edwards, Professor of Biological Sciences, Earth Sciences and Environmental Studies
Area of Expertise: Geomicrobiology and microbial biogeochemistry, microbial life at or below the seafloor and microbial transformations of rocks.
Phone: (213) 821-4390
Email: kje@usc.edu

Ian Ehrenreich, Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences
Area of Expertise: Quantitative genetics, genomics, genetics, population genomics, next generation sequencing, adaptation, ecological genomics, microbiology, microorganisms.
Phone: (213) 821-5349
Email: Ian.Ehrenreich@usc.edu

Steven Finkel, Associate Professor of Biological Sciences
Area of Expertise: Microbiology, bacteriology, microbial evolution, microbial survival and microbial fuel cells.
Phone: (213) 821-1498 or (213) 821-1497
Email: sfinkel@usc.edu

Juliette Finzi Hart, Assistant Professor (Research) of Biological Sciences
Area of Expertise: carbon and nitrogen cycling in the open ocean; climate change science and impacts on built and natural environments; regional ocean governance; sustainable tourism; management plan development.
Phone: (213) 740-1937
Email: jahart@usc.edu

Feixue Fu, Assistant Professor (Research) of Biological Sciences
Area of Expertise: N2 fixation, cyanobacteria, harmful alga bloom, global climate change, nutrient limitation.
Phone: (213) 740-3188
Email: ffu@usc.edu

Jed Fuhrman, McCulloch-Crosby Chair in Marine Biology and Professor of Biological Sciences
Area of Expertise: Aquatic microbial ecology, marine viruses, marine bacteria, microbial biodiversity, biological oceanography, water quality and biological contaminants in ocean waters.
Phone: (213) 740-5757 
Email: fuhrman@usc.edu

Andrew Gracey, Associate Professor of Biological Sciences
Area of Expertise: Effects of temperature, oxygen concentration and salinity on physiological processes of animals, evolutionary development of stress tolerance, hibernation, gene expression during environmental change, coping with extreme cold, genomics of surviving change, marine inter-tidal zones, sudden summer mortality syndrome in oysters and adaptations to climate change.
Phone: (213) 740-2288 
Email: gracey@usc.edu

Dennis Hedgecock, Paxson H. Offield Professor in Fisheries Ecology and Professor of Biological Sciences
Area of Expertise: Population genetics, quantitative genetics, evolutionary genetics and conservation genetics of marine fish and shellfish; oyster aquaculture and genetics, impact of large hatchery programs on genetic diversity of wild populations, design of marine reserves and the impact of non-native species on ecosystems and fishery management issues.
Phone: (213) 821-2091
Email: dhedge@usc.edu

John Heidelberg, Associate Professor of Biological Sciences
Area of Expertise: Microbial genomics; genetic, biochemical and metabolic properties of naturally occurring planktonic assemblages; use of DNA sequencers to study the genomes of marine bacteria.
Phone: (310) 510-4040
Email: jheidelb@usc.edu

Karla Heidelberg, Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences
Area of Expertise: Marine and environmental microbiology and ecology; genetic, biochemical, and metabolic properties of naturally occurring planktonic assemblages; environmental genomics.
Phone: (310) 510-4038 or (213) 740-0951
Email: kheidelb@usc.edu

David Hutchins, Professor of Biological Sciences
Area of Expertise: Marine ecology, phytoplankton, the effects of climate change on the ocean, the effects of carbon dioxide and temperature increases on ocean food webs, organisms that benefit from "greenhouse ocean," the role of iron in marine food chain, harmful and toxic algal blooms, geobiology, marine ecology and biogeochemistry. 
Phone: (213) 740-5616
Email: dahutch@usc.edu

Myrna Jacobson, Assistant Professor (Research) of Biological Sciences
Area of Expertise: Marine biogeochemistry, artificial reef technology, plant-sediment interactions, nutrient cycling in coastal environments, wetland biogeochemistry enzymes as indicators of environmental response. Also use of cartoons to teach fundamental principles of science.
Phone: (213)740-5145
Email: myrnaj@usc.edu

Burton Jones, Professor (Research) of Biological Sciences
Area of Expertise: Bio-optical oceanography, physical-biological interactions, coastal processes, and coastal ocean observing systems that use fixed sites and autonomous vehicles.
Phone: (213)740-5765
Email: bjones@usc.edu

Dale Kiefer, Professor of Biological Sciences
Area of Expertise: Marine microbiology and biological oceanography, phytoplankton ecology and physiology, marine optics, and Antarctic seas.
Phone: (213) 740-5814
Email: kiefer@usc.edu

Donal Manahan, Professor of Biological Sciences
Area of Expertise: Environmental physiology of marine animals, biological adaptations to environmental change (global warming), life in extreme environments including Antarctica and deep-sea vents, aquaculture of mollusks including oysters, polar science, International Polar Year, cold biosphere including the deep ocean, science policy and legislation and scientific research in California.
Phone: (213) 740-5793
Email: manahan@usc.edu

Roberta Marinelli , Adjunct Professor of Biological Sciences
Area of Expertise: Biological Oceanography, experimental field ecology, sedimentary ecology and biogeochemistry.
Phone: (213) 740-4861
Email: rmarinel@usc.edu

James Moffett, Professor of Biological Sciences, Earth Sciences and Civil and Environmental Engineering
Area of Expertise: Biogeochemistry in the ocean, speciation and oxidation-reduction chemistry of trace elements in natural waters, interactions of metal and phytoplankton, effects of protozoans on chemicals, and metal precipitation reactions mediated by bacteria.
Phone: (213) 740-5626
Email: jmoffett@usc.edu

Kenneth Nealson, Wrigley Chair in Environmental Studies and Professor of Earth Sciences and Biological Sciences
Area of Expertise: Geobiology, application of biochemistry and microbiology to understanding the evolution of microbial life in extreme environments (for example, under the ice at the Earth's South Pole), microbial genome sequencing and analysis, environmental microbiology, bioluminescence, biogeochemistry and geomicrobiology.
Phone: (213) 821-2271
Email: knealson@usc.edu

Sergey Nuzhdin, Professor of Biological Sciences
Area of Expertise: Population genetics quantitative genetics transposable elements genomics bioinformatics life span Drosophila melanogaster Medicago truncatula Pea aphids.
Phone: (213) 740-5773
Email: snuzhdin@usc.edu

Sergio Sanudo-Wilhelmy, Professor of Biological Sciences and Earth Sciences
Area of Expertise: Environmental biogeochemistry, influence of bioactive substances on specific biological processes such as carbon and nitrogen fixation, and the impact of anthropogenic processes on environmental quality.
Phone: (213) 821-1302
Email: sanudo@usc.edu

Craig B. Stanford, Professsor of Anthropology and Biological Sciences
Area of Expertise: Human evolution, primatology, primate behavior, primate societies and human behavior, tropical forest conservation, science vs. creationism, biological anthropology.
Phone: (213) 740-1918
Email: stanford@usc.edu

Cornelius Sullivan, Professor of Biological Sciences
Area of Expertise: Oceanography and marine biology of polar region environments, structure and function of the ice covered ocean ecosystems in the context of global change, biological oceanography, marine biology, microbial physiological ecology, satellite remote sensing of polar oceans, and microbial communities in sea ice.
Phone: (213) 740-6712
Email: csulliva@usc.edu

Eric Webb, Associate Professor of Biological Sciences
Area of Expertise: Physiology and ecology of marine and freshwater cyanobacteria, especially the mechanisms they use to acquire an essential element, iron, from the environment. 
Phone: (213)740-7954
Email: eawebb@usc.edu

Regina Wetzer, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Biology
Area of Expertise: Evolutionary hypotheses involving previously unexplained life history traits, homoplastic morphological features, and biogeographic distributions.
Phone: (213) 763-3217 
Email: rwetzer@nhm.org

Wiebke Ziebis, Associate Professor of Biological Sciences
Area of Expertise: Biogeochemical processes that take place in marine sediments, development of instruments for measurements at the sea floor, use of microsensors and radiotracers to study biogeochemical processes, and ecology of marine sediments, especially in extreme habitats such as methane seeps, hydrothermal vents and low oxygen environments.
Phone: (213) 821-1198
Email: wziebis@usc.edu

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Chemistry

James Haw, Ray R. Irani Chairman of Occidental Petroleum Chair in Chemistry and Professor of Chemistry and Environmental Studies
Area of Expertise: Catalysts (chemicals that influence the speed and selectivity of chemical reactions), spectroscopic study of solid systems and chemical catalysis, nuclear magnetic resonance, computational chemistry, hydrocarbon/ petroleum chemistry, organic and physical chemistry, surface chemistry (the study of chemical reactions on solids).
Phone: (213) 740-1022
Email: jhaw@usc.edu

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Cinematic Arts

Kathy SmithAssociate Professor and Chair of the John C. Hench Division of Animation & Digital Arts
Area of Expertise: Animation, sound design and painting.
Phone: (213) 740-3986
Email: kates@usc.edu

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Civil and Environmental Engineering

Jean-Pierre Bardet
Area of Expertise: Urban infrastructures, geotechnical earthquake engineering, computational and experimental geomechanics, granular mechanics, geoinformation technology, geostatistics, geographic information systems.
Phone: (213) 740-0609
Email: bardet@usc.edu

James Moffett, Professor of Biological Sciences, Earth Sciences and Civil and Environmental Engineering
Area of Expertise: Biogeochemistry in the ocean, speciation and oxidation-reduction chemistry of trace elements in natural waters, interactions of metal and phytoplankton, effects of protozoans on chemicals, and metal precipitation reactions mediated by bacteria.
Phone: (213) 740-5626
Email: jmoffett@usc.edu

John Wilson, Professor of Sociology, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Computer Science and Architecture
Area of Expertise: Geographical Information Systems (GIS), topographic analysis programs, field work, geostatistics, terrain analysis, soil erosion, crop productivity and water quality modeling, quantifying spatial patterns of climate, soil, vegetation and land use, spatial predictions of population growth and habitat change in Southern California.
Phone: (213) 740-1908
Email: jpwilson@usc.edu

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Computer Sciences

Wei-Min Shen, Research Associate Professor of Computer Science
Area of Expertise: Autonomous underwater robots, artificial intelligence, machine learning and computational learning, robotics and intelligent systems, autonomous learning agents and robots, self-reconfigurable robots (mobile agents that can autonomously learn from their environment based on their own actions, perceptions and missions).
Phone: (310) 448-8710
Email: shen@isi.edu

Gaurav S. Sukhatme, Professor of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering
Area of Expertise: Robotics, mobile robotics, artificial intelligence, embedded systems (hand-held computers), intelligent agents and virtual reality.
Phone: (213) 740-0218
Email: gaurav@usc.edu

John Wilson, Professor of Sociology, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Computer Science and Architecture
Area of Expertise: Geographical Information Systems (GIS), topographic analysis programs, field work, geostatistics, terrain analysis, soil erosion, crop productivity and water quality modeling, quantifying spatial patterns of climate, soil, vegetation and land use, spatial predictions of population growth and habitat change in Southern California.
Phone: (213) 740-1908
Email: jpwilson@usc.edu

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Earth Sciences

Jan Amend, Professor of Earth Sciences and Biological Sciences
Area of Expertise: Hydrothermal systems, energetics of microbial metabolism, geomicrobiology of arsenic, origin of life, astrobiology, extremophiles, thermophiles, novel culturing techniques.
Phone: (213) 740-5842
Email: janamend@usc.edu

Will Berelson, Professor of Earth Sciences
Area of Expertise: Chemical oceanography, coastal environmental chemistry, and sediment and water-column biogeochemistry.
Phone: (213) 740-5828
Email: berelson@usc.edu

David Bottjer, Professor of Earth Sciences, Biological Sciences and Environmental Studies
Area of Expertise: Fossils, origin of animal life, mass extinctions and evolution in the oceans.
Phone: (213) 740-6100
Email: dbottjer@usc.edu

Frank Corsetti, Associate Professor of Earth Sciences
Area of Expertise: Geobiology, early life on Earth and mass extinctions.
Phone: (213) 740-6123
Email: fcorsett@usc.edu

Katrina Edwards, Professor of Biological Sciences, Earth Sciences and Environmental Studies
Area of Expertise: Geomicrobiology and microbial biogeochemistry, microbial life at or below the seafloor and microbial transformations of rocks.
Phone: (213) 821-4390
Email: kje@usc.edu

Sarah Feakins, Assistant Professor of Earth Sciences
Area of Expertise: Compound-specific hydrogen and carbon isotopic analysis, paleoclimate, paleoenvironment, paleoecology, isotope biogeochemistry, organic geochemistry.
Phone: (213) 740-7168
Email: feakins@usc.edu

Douglas E. Hammond, Professor of Earth Sciences
Area of Expertise: Environmental geology, geobiology and chemical oceanography.
Phone: (213) 740-5837 or (213) 740-6106
Email: dhammond@usc.edu

Steve Lund, Professor of Earth Sciences
Area of Expertise: Geomagnetism, especially prehistoric variations of Earth's magnetic field; geological and fossil evidence of climate and ocean histories, microplate tectonics and geophysics.
Phone: (213) 740-5835
Email: slund@usc.edu

James Moffett, Professor of Biological Sciences, Earth Sciences and Civil and Environmental Engineering
Area of Expertise: Biogeochemistry in the ocean, speciation and oxidation-reduction chemistry of trace elements in natural waters, interactions of metal and phytoplankton, effects of protozoans on chemicals, and metal precipitation reactions mediated by bacteria.
Phone: (213) 740-5626
Email: jmoffett@usc.edu

Kenneth Nealson, Wrigley Chair in Environmental Studies and Professor of Earth Sciences and Biological Sciences
Area of Expertise: Geobiology, application of biochemistry and microbiology to understanding the evolution of microbial life in extreme environments (for example, under the ice at the Earth's South Pole), microbial genome sequencing and analysis, environmental microbiology, bioluminescence, biogeochemistry and geomicrobiology.
Phone: (213) 821-2271
Email: knealson@usc.edu

Sergio Sanudo-Wilhelmy, Professor of Biological Sciences and Earth Sciences
Area of Expertise: Environmental biogeochemistry, influence of bioactive substances on specific biological processes such as carbon and nitrogen fixation, and the impact of anthropogenic processes on environmental quality.
Phone: (213) 821-1302
Email: sanudo@usc.edu

Lowell Stott, Professor of Earth Sciences
Area of Expertise: Climate change, paleoclimatology and paleoceanography, fossil evidence of climate and ocean history, micropaleontology, microscopic fossils, stable isotope geochemistry, marine geology and monsoon history.
Phone: (213) 740-5120
Email: stott@usc.edu

Joshua West, Wilford and Daris Zinsmeyer Early Career Chair in Marine Studies and Assistant Professor of Earth Sciences
Area of Expertise: Marine studies and earth sciences.
Phone: (213) 740-6736
E-mail: joshwest@usc.edu

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Electrical Engineering

Gaurav S. Sukhatme, Professor of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering
Area of Expertise: Robotics, mobile robotics, artificial intelligence, embedded systems (hand-held computers), intelligent agents and virtual reality.
Phone: (213) 740-0218
Email: gaurav@usc.edu

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Environmental Studies

Will Berelson, Professor of Earth Sciences
Area of Expertise: Chemical oceanography, coastal environmental chemistry, and sediment and water-column biogeochemistry.
Phone: (213) 740-5828
Email: berelson@usc.edu

David Bottjer, Professor of Earth Sciences, Biological Sciences and Environmental Studies
Area of Expertise: Fossils, origin of animal life, mass extinctions and evolution in the oceans.
Phone: (213) 740-6100
Email: dbottjer@usc.edu

Lisa Collins, Lecturer
Area of Expertise: Climate change, carbon cycle, ocean-atmosphere
Phone: (213) 740-0124
Email: lecollin@usc.edu

Katrina Edwards, Professor of Biological Sciences, Earth Sciences and Environmental Studies
Area of Expertise: Geomicrobiology and microbial biogeochemistry, microbial life at or below the seafloor and microbial transformations of rocks.
Phone: (213) 821-4390
Email: kje@usc.edu

James Alan Fawcett, Adjunct Associate Professor of Environmental Studies
Area of Expertise: 
Phone: (213) 740-4477
Email: fawcett@usc.edu

David Ginsburg, Assistant Professor (Teaching) of Environmental Studies
Area of Expertise: Physiology and ecology of marine organisms, coastal marine policy, and water quality and management.
Phone: (213) 740-8576 
Email: dginsbur@usc.edu

James Haw, Ray R. Irani Chairman of Occidental Petroleum Chair in Chemistry and Professor of Chemistry and Environmental Studies
Area of Expertise: Catalysts (chemicals that influence the speed and selectivity of chemical reactions), spectroscopic study of solid systems and chemical catalysis, nuclear magnetic resonance, computational chemistry, hydrocarbon/ petroleum chemistry, organic and physical chemistry, surface chemistry (the study of chemical reactions on solids).
Phone: (213) 740-1022
Email: jhaw@usc.edu

Dennis Hedgecock, Paxson H. Offield Professor in Fisheries Ecology and Professor of Biological Sciences
Area of Expertise: Population genetics, quantitative genetics, evolutionary genetics and conservation genetics of marine fish and shellfish; oyster aquaculture and genetics, impact of large hatchery programs on genetic diversity of wild populations, design of marine reserves and the impact of non-native species on ecosystems and fishery management issues.
Phone: (213) 821-2091
Email: dhedge@usc.edu

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Filmmaker

Randy Olson
Area of Expertise: Marine biology, filmmaking and nature documentaries, science communication, ocean conservation and the Great Barrier Reef of Australia.
Phone: (213) 740-2995
Email: rolson@usc.edu

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Public Policy

Adam Rose, Research Professor
Area of Expertise: Energy and environmental economics, the economics of natural and human-caused hazards including earthquakes and terrorist attacks, and climate change and energy policy.
Phone: (213) 740-8022
Email: Adam.Rose@usc.edu

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Sociology

John Wilson, Professor of Sociology, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Computer Science and Architecture
Area of Expertise: Geographical Information Systems (GIS), topographic analysis programs, field work, geostatistics, terrain analysis, soil erosion, crop productivity and water quality modeling, quantifying spatial patterns of climate, soil, vegetation and land use, spatial predictions of population growth and habitat change in Southern California.
Phone: (213) 740-1908
Email: jpwilson@usc.edu

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Spatial Sciences

Travis Longcore, Associate Professor (Research) of Spatial Sciences
Area of expertise: urban bioresource management, ecological light pollution, endangered species conservation and monitoring, historical ecology.
Phone: (213) 821-1310
Email: longcore@usc.edu

John Wilson, Professor of Sociology, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Computer Science and Architecture
Area of Expertise: Geographical Information Systems (GIS), topographic analysis programs, field work, geostatistics, terrain analysis, soil erosion, crop productivity and water quality modeling, quantifying spatial patterns of climate, soil, vegetation and land use, spatial predictions of population growth and habitat change in Southern California.
Phone: (213) 740-1908
Email: jpwilson@usc.edu

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