April 6, 2015


Richard Gersberg

Richard Gersberg, Ph.D.

Head, Division of Environmental Health


Dr. Richard M. Gersberg is currently a Professor (and Head of the Division) of Environmental Health in the Graduate School of Public Health at San Diego State University (SDSU). He has an M.S. degree in biology from the University of Houston, and a Ph.D degree in microbiology from the University of California, Davis (1977). Gersberg specializes in water quality research and limnology, and has broad experience working with both chemical and microbiological pollutants and risk assessments. He has over 70 scientific publications in these areas. He has conducted a number of studies on the fate of bacterial indicators and toxics in both freshwater and estuarine ecosystems. Dr. Gersberg has served as scientific director of an EPA-funded project on the use of constructed wetlands for wastewater treatment at Santee, CA , and is now considered one of the pioneers in the field of constructed wetland treatment. He currently serves as a technical advisor and doctoral mentor on several research programs on Constructed Wetlands and Bioretention for Stormwater Treatment at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, and also has a similar international research exchange at the University of Applied Sciences in Magdeburg, Germany. He has served as technical consultant on aquatic and human health risk issues in impaired waters all over the nation and internationally, including the Venice Lagoon, Italy, the Straits of Juan de Fuca, Victoria, Canada, the Tijuana River Watershed, Mexico, the Elbe River, Germany, Fountain Creek, Colorado, and numerous water bodies in California including the San Francisco Bay Delta, Mission Bay, Newport Bay, San Diego Bay, and Santa Monica Bay.

jillian maloney

Jillian Maloney, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Department of Geological Sciences

I combine geophysical data including seismic reflection, multibeam bathymetry, and sidescan sonar with sediment analysis to study a number of geologic research topics. Sequence stratigraphy, sediment transport, coastal geomorphology Neotectonics, paleoseismology, earthquake hazard Submarine slide dynamics Geologic controls on habitat distribution RESEARCH PROJECTS Tectonics of the inner California Borderlands Geologic controls on nearshore habitats in coastal San Diego Submarine slide dynamics on the Mississippi River Delta Front

Stephen Welter

Stephen Welter, Ph.D.

Vice President of Research

Dean of the Graduate Division

The entomologist began his career as a faculty member of SDSU’s zoology department — now the Department of Biology — before going to University of California Berkeley where he spent more than 25 years, most recently serving as associate dean of instruction and student affairs in the College of Natural Resources. His focus is to enhance resources for research including facilitating grants, raising the prominence of research through the university’s comprehensive fundraising campaign and catalyzing the faculty’s vision to create more collaboration across disciplines. He also plans to build structural systems that will facilitate those interactions.