Environmental Science & Policy

Environmental Science & Policy


Message From Program Director Dr. Christine Whitcraft

cwhitcraft“My own education was highly interdisciplinary as both an undergraduate Biology major with an Environmental Science concentration and as a graduate student in a Marine Biodiversity and Conservation program. Having a program like ES&P here at CSULB is a great opportunity for students and for faculty like me who are interested in conservation of our natural world through interdisciplinary collaboration. I am really looking forward to working with our enthusiastic students and faculty.”

Dr. Christine Whitcraft is currently an associate professor in the Biology Department and Director of Environmental Science and Policy at CSU Long Beach. She earned her B.A. in Biology from Williams College in Massachusetts and her Ph.D. in Biological Oceanography from Scripps Institution of Oceanography in San Diego. Her main research interest is in the functioning of coastal wetlands and estuarine communities from a multi-disciplinary perspective including plant, algae, and benthic invertebrate biodiversity, food web structure, physical environmental parameters, and recently economic perspectives. She teaches a range of ecology classes within the department including Wetland Ecology, Plant Ecology, and Conservation Biology.


Program Information

Interim Director (Spring 2022): Dr. Paul Laris
Office: PH1-203
Email: paul.laris@csulb.edu

Advisor: Dr. Monica Argandoña
Office: FO5-210
Email: Monica.Argandona@csulb.edu

You may also contact:
Carol Philipp, ASCI
at (562) 985-4977 or
(562) 985-8432

Advising Hours

Mondays and Wednesdays (online via Zoom only, by appointment): 10:40am – 2:00pm

Fridays (online via Zoom only, by appointment): 12:00pm – 2:00pm

To make an advising appointment, use this link: Advising Portal

If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Monica Argandoña at Monica.Argandona@csulb.edu