Desharnais portrait
Robert A. Desharnais, Ph.D.
Ecologist and Educator

Personal Summary

I am a scientist and emeritus professor at California State University, Los Angeles, where I taught courses in biostatistics and biological modeling. My research interests are in the areas theoretical population ecology and population genetics, where I make use of my strong mathematical and computer programming skills. I also have a keen interest in the application of technological innovations to science education.

Biographical Information

Born 29 March 1955 in Cambridge, Massachusetts
Marital Status - married, no children
Citizenship - United States


Ph.D., Zoology May 1982 University of Rhode Island, Kingston
M.S., Zoology May 1979 University of Rhode Island, Kingston
B.A., Biology June 1976 University of Massachusetts, Boston


California State University, Los Angeles

Emeritus Professor of Biology Summer 2017 to present
Full Professor of Biology Fall 1997 to Spring 2017
Associate Professor of Biology Fall 1992 to Summer 1997
Assistant Professor of Biology Fall 1988 to Summer 1992

California Institute of Technology

Visiting Associate Fall 2015 to Summer 2020

Rockefeller University, New York

Assistant Professor Fall 1987 to Summer 1988
Research Associate Fall 1985 to Summer 1987
Postdoctoral Associate Fall 1983 to Summer 1985

Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia

Killam Postdoctoral Fellow Fall 1982 to Summer 1983

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