Staff Directory

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M. Robert Hamersley, PhD

Associate Professor of Microbiology

Lab Director

Phone: 949-480-4409

Fax: 949-480-4263

Email: rhamersley@soka.edu

Academic Administration - Undergraduate Program Staff

Faculty - Full-Time

Education

  • Ph.D. Biological Oceanography, Massachusetts Institute of Technology / Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
  • M.E.Des. Environmental Science, University of Calgary
  • B.Sc. (Hon.) Biology, University of Victoria

Positions Held

  • 2008 - Present.Board Member, Orange Coast Watershed and Environment Center, Laguna Niguel, California, USA.
  • 2007 - Present, Associate Professor of Environmental Microbiology, Soka University of America, Aliso Viejo, California, USA. 
  • 2005 - 2007, Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Southern California Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies, Los Angeles, California, USA. 
  • 2004 - 2005, Scientist, Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology, Bremen, Germany. 
  • 2003, Visiting Lecturer, University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth Department of Biology, N. Dartmouth, Massachusetts, USA. 
  • 2002 - 2004, Research Associate, School for Marine Science and Technology (SMAST), University of Massachusetts, New Bedford, Massachusetts, USA. 

Research Interests

  • Aquatic biogeochemistry and environmental microbiology
  • Denitrification
  • Links between the carbon and nitrogen cycles
  • Methanogenesis

Selected Papers, Publications, Presentations, & Exhibits

Courses Taught at SUA

  • Agricultural Soil Restoration (LRNCLSTR 200/300)
  • Agriculture, Gardening, and Soils (LRNCLSTR 200/300)
  • Biogeochemistry (EOS 446)
  • Californian and Modernist Architecture of Los Angeles (LRNCLSTR 200/300)
  • Campus Sustainability (LRNCLSTR 200/300)
  • Environmental Design (EMP 248)
  • Environmental Microbiology (ECOL 360)
  • Greening the Campus (LRNCLSTR 200/300)
  • Introduction to Climate Change (EOS 302)
  • Medical Microbiology (BIO 148)
  • Modes of Inquiry (INQUIRY 100)
  • Nature and Humanity (BIO 110)
  • Oceanography (PHYS 123)
  • Sustainable Agriculture and Gardening (EOS 280)
  • Water Resources (EOS 322)

Selected Honors & Awards

  • Science Digest Top 25 Hottest Articles: Systematic and Applied Microbiology (for Hamersley et al. 2009), 2009
  • P.I., Greening the Campus: An investigation of Green Building Standards and their application at SUA. $10,000. Luis and Linda Nieves Learning Cluster Grant. 2009.
  • P.I., Nutrient and Metal Removal from Urban Runoff by Freshwater Wetlands Fringing Newport Bay. $1,000. Newport Bay Naturalists and Friends Research Committee. 2009.
  • Science Digest Top 25 Hottest Articles: Ecological Engineering (for Hamersley et al. 2001), 2005
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology, 2004
  • Co-P.I., Reducing Nitrate Fluxes Into Scudder Bay: The Role Of The Skunknett River Wildlife Sanctuary Pond System. $16,000. Town Of Barnstable, Massachusetts. 2003.
  • P.I., Isotopic Studies of Salt Marsh Denitrification. $4000, Reinhart Coastal Research Center, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. 2000.
  • Graduate Fellowship, National Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, 1991