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Department of Biology

Department of Biology Mission Statement

The mission of the Department of Biology is to contribute to the comprehensive liberal arts curriculum by fostering in students an appreciation of the relevance of the biological sciences to their lives and the choices they will be faced with as members of a society experiencing rapid technological advances. To this end, students will develop knowledge and skills that will enable them to evaluate the impact of their decisions on local, regional and global issues concerning the economy, personal health and welfare, and the environment. Students completing the biology major will be prepared for entry-level careers in science or to pursue advanced training in graduate and professional schools. To fulfill the mission, the biology curriculum is designed to address seven goals:

  • To provide an understanding of the mechanics, application and limitations of the scientific process
  • Develop an appreciation and understanding of evolution and the diversity of life
  • Demonstrate the relationships between structure, function and energy in living systems
  • Culture an appreciation for the historical development of scientific knowledge
  • Instruct students in effective utilization of discipline-specific information resources
  • Develop technical and analytical skills appropriate to modern biological investigation
  • Enhance both written and oral communication skills appropriate to the discipline
Metcalf, Tony

Dr. Anthony Metcalf

Professor

e-mail: ametcalf@csusb.edu

B.A. Simon Frasier University, British Columbia
B.S. University of California, Riverside
Ph. D. University of California, Riverside


Courses taught:

BIOL 400 - Molecular Biology
BIOL 450 - Ecology
BIOL 514 - Conservation Biology
BIOL 525 - Vertebrate Field Biology


Research Interests:

The broad focus of my research is molecular evolution and molecular ecology. I am interested both in the evolution of genes and the evolutionary history and ecology of the organisms that possess them. My current research is the distribution of mitochondrial DNA sequence variation within and among closely related taxa. One such group is the kangaroo rats (Dipodomys). For this research, I estimate the pattern and rates of nucleotide substitutions in the D-loop of the mitochondrial genome, and the geographic partitioning of this variation. I am also interested in regional geographic patterns of genetic variation across taxa. Interior coastal southern California has a high degree of endemism, generated, in part, by Pleistocene geologic activity. I am interested in how a suite of interrelated changes in landscape has effected the distribution of regional fauna, and how such changes are reflected in the patterns of genetic variation. A third area of interest is that of conservation genetics. The restricted distribution of regional fauna has caused several species to be listed as threatened or endangered. Information on the patterns of genetic variation in such species can be directly applied to conservation strategies.

Publications:

Nunziata SO, Lance SL, Jones KL, Nerkowski SA, Metcalf AE. 2013. Development and characterization of twenty-three microsatellite markers for the freshwater minnow Santa Ana speckled dace (Rhinichthys osculus spp., Cyprinidae) using paired-end Illumina shotgun sequencing. Conservation Genetics Resources 5(1): 145-148.

Sumida SS, Dodick J, Metcalf AE, Albright G. 2010. Reiszorhinus olsoni, a new single-tooth-rowed captorhinid reptile from the Lower Permian of Texas. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 30(3): 704-716

Wiens KM, Lee HL, Shimada H, Metcalf AE, Chao MY, and Lien C-L. 2010. Platelet-derived growth factor receptor β is critical for zebrafish intersegmental vessel formation. PloS one 5 (6): e11324.

Phillipsen IC, Metcalf AE. 2009. Phylogeography of a stream-dwelling frog ( Pseudacris cadaverina) in southern California. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 53(1): 152-170.

Lloyd JD, Slater GL, Metcalf AE. 2008. Taxonomy and population size of the Bahama Nuthatch. Report to the National Geographic Society Committee for Research and Exploration, Grant No. 8146-06. (pdf)

Walker GF, Metcalf AE. 2008. Genetic variation in the endangered Astragalus jaegerianus (Fabaceae, Papilionoideae): a geographically restricted species. Bulletin, Southern California Academy of Sciences, 107(3): 158-177.

Chen Z, Concepcion A, Metcalf AE, Joseph A, Bohannan AL. 2007. Smart Sequence Similarity (S4) System. Computational Intelligence Methods for Bioinformatics and Biostatistics (CIBB) in Applications of Fuzzy Sets Theory. Springer Berlin/Heidleberg. pp:643-650

Chen P, Roberts PA, Metcalf AE, Hyman BC. 2003. Nucleotide substitution patterning within the Meloidogyne rDNA D3 region and its evolutionary implications. Journal of Nematology 35 (4): 404-410.

Metcalf AE, Nunney L, Hyman BC. 2001. Geographic patterns of genetic differentiation within the restricted range of the endangered Stephens' kangaroo rat Dipodomys stephensi. Evolution 55 (6): 1233-1244.

Zhou ZM, Metcalf AE, Lovatt CJ, Hyman BC. 2000. Alfalfa (Medicago sativa) carbamoylphosphate synthetase gene structure records the deep lineage of plants. Gene 243 (1-2): 105-114.

Demers DM, Metcalf AE, Talbot P, Hyman BC. 1996. Multiple lobster tubulin isoforms are encoded by a simple gene family. Gene 171 (2): 185-191.

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Department of Biology

Department of Biology Mission Statement

The mission of the Department of Biology is to contribute to the comprehensive liberal arts curriculum by fostering in students an appreciation of the relevance of the biological sciences to their lives and the choices they will be faced with as members of a society experiencing rapid technological advances. To this end, students will develop knowledge and skills that will enable them to evaluate the impact of their decisions on local, regional and global issues concerning the economy, personal health and welfare, and the environment. Students completing the biology major will be prepared for entry-level careers in science or to pursue advanced training in graduate and professional schools. To fulfill the mission, the biology curriculum is designed to address seven goals:

  • To provide an understanding of the mechanics, application and limitations of the scientific process
  • Develop an appreciation and understanding of evolution and the diversity of life
  • Demonstrate the relationships between structure, function and energy in living systems
  • Culture an appreciation for the historical development of scientific knowledge
  • Instruct students in effective utilization of discipline-specific information resources
  • Develop technical and analytical skills appropriate to modern biological investigation
  • Enhance both written and oral communication skills appropriate to the discipline