Aquatic Health Program

Faculty & Staff

Photo: Swee Teh, Director

Swee Teh, Director

Independent research in the fields of developmental biology, nutrition, toxicology and pathology. Special emphasis on adverse effects in the growth, reproduction and embryonic development in invertebrate, fish and shellfish populations caused by environmental endocrine disruptors and contaminants.


Faculty Link (html)

Photo: Dolores V. Baxa, Associate Project Scientist

Dolores V. Baxa, Associate Project Scientist

Infectious diseases among cultured and wild fish populations.
Key interplay between infectious diseases and toxicants and their impacts to fish health in the aquatic environment.


Curriculum Vitae (pdf)

Photo: Tomofumi Kurobe, Assistant Project Molecular Taxonomist

Tomofumi Kurobe, Assistant Project Molecular Taxonomist

Molecular biology, specializing in gene expression analysis using medaka cDNA microarray to predict endocrine disrupting chemicals in ambient water.  Currently working on developing species identification system based on standardized DNA regions (DNA barcoding) for zooplankton and cyanobacteria.


Curriculum Vitae (pdf)

Photo: Ching Teh, VM3B Facility Manager

Ching Teh, Haring Hall Facility Manager

Managing copepods (Eurytemora affinis & Pseudodiaptomus forbesi) and Japanese medaka (Oryzias latipes) fish culture facilities, and  histopathological laboratory of the Aquatic Health program. Perform and train students and staff on acute and chronic toxicity testing with copepods and medaka.


Photo: Marie Stillway, Safety Officer, Quality Assurance/Quality Control

Marie Stillway, Safety Officer, Quality Assurance/Quality Control

Evaluate quality assurance in the laboratory to ensure compliance with the California Department of Health Services Accreditation Program, US EPA and SWAMP guidelines. Act as a Health and Safety Officer; ensure laboratory compliance with University and County policies. Assign random quality assurance samples or procedures and track compliance with project-specific Quality Assurance Plans. Arrange for/and provide staff training in laboratory procedures; maintain training records. Generate toxicity testing control charts and design experiments to evaluate outlying data points. Perform internal system and performance audits.


Photo: Bruce G Hammock, Postdoctoral Researcher

Bruce G Hammock, Postdoctoral Researcher

My research combines observational and experimental data to broaden our understanding of aquatic ecology. I am particularly interested in addressing tractable environmental problems. My previous research focused on the behavioral ecology of stream herbivores (i.e., the timing and causes of mayfly drift) and how it is affected by global change (i.e., climate change, invasive species and the interaction between the two). More recently, I examined how stream community recovery on disturbed substrate is affected by silk deposition of black fly larvae. My current projects include quantifying how osmoregulatory energy costs influence feeding rates in an esturarine copepod and analysis of spatially and temporally explicit delta smelt biomarker data.

Get in touch: brucehammock [at] gmail dot com and check out my research.