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College of Natural Sciences

Gerald Cobian, Ph.D.

A Chico native, Dr. Gerald Manuel Cobian is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Chico State. After graduating from Paradise High School, he joined the U.S. Marine Corps in order to travel the world. Once his military service was complete, he attended Butte College where he became fascinated by fungi. Dr. Cobian further pursued his interest in fungi at UC Berkeley where he studied various aspects of fungal ecology as an undergraduate. His PhD research at the University of Hawaiʻi focused on the association between foliar fungal endophytes, fungi living inside of leaves, and Hawaiian plants and the biogeography of their interactions. More broadly, Dr. Cobian’s research interests fall along the intersections of biogeography, phylogenetics, and community ecology theory with the goal of identifying patterns and processes that underpin the assembly and function of microbial communities. Using molecular tools, manipulation experiments, and field-based inquiry, he seeks to predict the patterns of microbial diversity in order to determine how microbes mediate ecological interactions.

Assistant Professor
Biological Sciences