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Department Faculty History
Biology has been taught at Chico since the opening of the State Normal School in 1889. The faculty members listed here were often augmented by student assistants and later by part-time faculty. Many of these names have not been found in our records. We are working to develop a list of them as well as of the staff over the years. If you, or someone you know, ever taught or worked in this department, we would love to hear from you.


Chair (or equivalent) Faculty Hired Retired/Left Degrees
  Seymour, Minor L. 1889 1901  
  Chase, Raymond Eugene 1899 1904 to Bay Area A.B. Stanford University
  Paine, Winifred Mabel 1901 1909 to Redlands A.B. Stanford University
  Davis, Benjamin Marshall 1905 1907 to Miami University B.A., M.S. Butler University
  Johnson, Riley O. 1907 1912 to Europe for study A.B. University of Illinois
  Crockett, Albert Waldo 1908 1915 A.B. Amherst
Cyril A. Stebbins, Supervisor, 1913-1918 Stebbins, Cyril A. 1913 1918 for war work; resigned 1919 – eventually to University of California, Department of Agricultural Education B.S., M.S. University of California
Bertha Chapman Cady,
Supervisor, 1918-1921
Cady, Bertha Chapman 1918 1921 to Stanford University to complete Ph.D. A.B., A.M., Ph.D. Stanford University

Watson L. Johns,
Head, 1921-1931

Johns, Watson L. 1921 1931 or 1932 left A.B. College of the Pacific
B.S., M.S. University of California
Ph.D. University of Oregon
Watson L. Johns, 1924-?   1924    
  Holt, Vesta 1926 1957 A.B. University of Oregon
A.M. Columbia University
Ph.D. Stanford University
Vesta Holt, 1931-1951   1931    
  Ingles, Lloyd G. 1932 1945 left following leave for military service A.B. Redlands University
M.A. Claremont Colleges
Ph.D. University of California
  Hetherington, William Alford 1940 1947 to University of California, Berkeley A.B. University of California
M.A. Columbia University
Ph.D. Stanford University
  Rodgers, Thomas Lathan 1945 1972 A.B. San Jose State College
M.A., Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley
  Lowe, Homer Joseph 1946 1967 Died A.B. San Jose State College
M.S., Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley
  Anthony, Margery S. 1949 1983 B.S., M.S., Ph.D. University of Michigan
Coordinator of Biological Sciences, 1951-1964 Douglas, Allan G. 1949 1975 B.S. Utah State Agricultural College
Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley
  Vance, William R. 1949 1950 B.S., M.S., Ph.D. University of London
  Dempsey, Wesley Hugh 1954 1992 B.S. Cornell University
M.S., Ph.D. University of California, Davis
  Scherba, Gerald M. 1955 1963 to CSU, San Bernardino B.S., M.S., Ph.D. University of Chicago
Coordinator of Biological Sciences, 1964-1967
Depatment Chair
King, Robbins S. 1956 1989 A.B., Ph.D. Stanford University
  Miller, Lee Wallace 1957 1969 B.S. Goshen College
M.S., Ph.D. University of Iowa
  Oswald, Vernon Harvey 1957 1986 B.S., M.A., Ph.D. Ohio State University
  Sutton, Dallas Albert 1957 1976 B.A., Ph.D. University of Colorado
M.S. Northwestern University
  Wootton, Donald Merchant 1957 1980 B.A. Santa Barbara State College
M.S. University of Washington
Ph.D. Stanford University
  Kivett, Eugene L. 1958 1959 B.S., M.S. University of Oregon
  Struve, William M. 1958 1989 B.A. St. Ambrose College
Ph.D. Iowa State College
  Cliff, Frank Samuel 1959 1992 A.B., Ph.D. Stanford University
  Kistner, David Harold 1959 1992 A.B., S.B., Ph.D. University of Chicago
  Stern, Kingsley Roland 1959 1995 B.S. Wheaton College
M.A. University of Michigan
Ph.D. University of Minnesota
  Ramsdell, Frances W. 1960 1986 B.S. University of Michigan
M.S. Wayne University
Ph.D. University of Southern California
  Curtis, Dwayne H. 1963 2000 B.S. Idaho State University
M.A., Ph.D. University of Utah
  Smith, James L. 1963 1964 A.B. San Francisco State College
Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley
  Stephens, William L. (Steve) 1963 1994 B.S. Sacramento State College
Ph.D. University of California, Davis
  Derr, William Frederick 1964 2005 B.S. Lebanon Valley College
M.S., Ph. D. University of Wisconsin
  Evans, Kenneth Jack 1964 1992 B.S., M.S. University of Oklahoma
Ph.D. University of California, Riverside
  Kowalski, Donald Theodore 1964 1990 B.S., M.S., Ph.D. University of Michigan
  Alexander, Douglas Gordon 1965 2001 B.A. University of Colorado
Ph.D. University of North Carolina
  Balbach, Harold Edward 1965 1966 Ph.D. University of Illinois
  Meyer, Richard Lee 1965 1968 to University of Arkansas B.S. Missouri River College
Ph.D. University of Minnesota
Robbins S. King 1966-68 Thomas, Robert E. 1966 2006 B.S., M.A., Ph.D. Kent State University
  Ediger, Robert I. 1967 1999 B.A. Bethel College (Kansas)
M.S. Kansas State Teachers College
Ph.D. Kansas State University
  Hopkirk, John David 1967 1969 Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley
  McNairn, Robert Blackwood 1967 1998 B.S. University of California, Berkeley
M.S., Ph.D. University of California, Davis
William L. (Steve) Stephens 1968-74 Corson, George E. 1968 1985 Died Ph.D. University of California, Davis
  Erpino, Michael J. 1968 1998 Ph.D. University of Wyoming
  Neff, William M. 1968 1970    
  Rea, Ina Katherine 1968 1969  
  Smith, Edward Laidlaw 1968 1972 to California Academy of Sciences Ph.D. University of California, Davis
  Hayhome, Barbara 1969 1972 to Creighton University B.A. Hastings College
S.M., Ph.D. University of Chicago
  McEnteggart, Ailsie  Baker 1969 2010 B.A. University of Tennessee
Ph.D. University of Texas
  Wilhelm, Alan R. 1969 1997 A.B. Stanford University
M.S., Ph.D. University of Wisconsin
  Maslin, Paul E. 1970 2000 B.S., Ph.D. University of Florida
  Demaree, Richard S. 1972 2002 B.S. Purdue University
M.A. Indiana State University
Ph.D. Colorado State University
  Lederer, Roger J. 1972 2006 B.S., Ph.D. University of Illinois
  Abruzzo, Michael A. 1973 2004 B.S., M.S., Ph.D. Michigan State University
  Schlising, Robert A. 1973 2004 B.S., M.S. University of Wisconsin
Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley
Robert I. Ediger 1974-77   1974    
  Barnett, Raymond J. 1976 2008 B.A. Yale University
Ph.D. Duke University
  Edelmann, Patricia L. 1976   A.B., Ph.D. University of California, Davis
Donald M. Wootton, 1977-80   1977    
Roger Lederer, 1980-1986   1980    
  Marcum, Beverly A. 1982   B.A. Bridgewater College
Ph.D. University of Virginia
  Hanne, Larry F. 1983   B.S., M.S. University of Montana
Ph.D. University of Texas Health Sciences Center
Bill Derr, 1986-1994   1986    
  Pushnik, James C. 1989   B. S.., M.S., Humboldt State University
Ph.D. Utah State University
  Wood, David M. 1990 2010 B.A. University of California, Davis
M.A. CSU, Fresno
Ph.D. University of Washington
  Bell, Jeffrey R. 1992   B.S. Oregon State University
Ph. D. University of Southern California
Michael Abruzzo, 1994-2001   1994    
  Mahoney, John R. 1997   B.A., Ph.D. University of Minnesota
  Schierenbeck, Kristina A. 1998   B.S., M.A. San Francisco State University
Ph.D. Washington State University
  Wilson, Dawn S. 1999 2003 to Southwestern Research Station B.S. Georgia Southern University
M.S., Ph.D. University of South Florida
  Day, Jonathan R. 2000   B.S. University of Miami
M.A. CSU, Long Beach
Ph.D. University of Delaware
  Marchetti, Michael P. 2000 2011to St. Mary’s College of California  B.A. Bucknell University
M.S., Ph.D. University of California, Davis
  Wolfe, Gordon V. 2000   B.A. Harvard
M.S., Ph.D. University of Washington
Patricia Edelmann, 2001-2007 Blee, Kristopher A. 2001   B.S. Montana State University
Ph. D. Utah State University
  Miller, Donald G. 2002   B.S. SUNY Syracuse
M.Sc. Oxford University
Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley
  Engstrom, Tag N. 2004   B.S. Eckerd College
Ph.D. University of California, Davis
  Hatfield, Colleen A. 2005   B.A. University of California, Berkeley
Ph.D. University of New Mexico
  Ivey, Christopher 2006   B.A. Evergreen State College
Ph.D. University of Georgia
  White, Andrea 2006   B.S. California State University, Chico
M.S., Ph.D. University of Illinois
Ailsie McEnteggart, 2007-2010 Salter, Irene Yun 2007 2010 to Department of Science Education B.A., M.A. Stanford University,
Ph.D. University of California, San Francisco
  Keller, David M. 2008   B.A. University of Oregon
Ph.D. Oregon Health Sciences University
  Minzes, Joel J. 2008 2010 to Department of Science Education B.S., M.S. University of Illinois, Chicago
Ph.D. Northwestern University
Jeffrey Bell, 2010-   2010    
  Cline, Troy 2013  

B.S. Brigham Young University
Ph.D. Ohio State University