BIOLOGY FACULTY

Dr. Keith Conover Dr. Keith Conover
Office: SG 210
Telephone: (818) 240-1000 x5365
Email: kconover@glendale.edu

Courses taught at Glendale Community College:
General Biology for majors (Biol 101 and 102)
General Biology for non-majors (Biol 122)

Academic Background:
Ph.D. Biology - University of California, Los Angeles
B.S. Biology - University of California, San Diego


Dr. Javier Gago
Office: SG 214
Telephone: (818) 240-1000 x5369
Email: fgago@glendale.edu
 
Courses taught at Glendale Community College:
Marine Biology Lecture (Biol 125) in Baja
Marine Biology Laboratory (Biol 126) in Baja
General Biology for majors (Biol 101 and 102)
General Biology for non-majors (Biol 122)
 
Academic Background:
Ph.D. Biology - University of Southern California
M.S. Biology - University of Southern California
B.S. Marine Biology - California State University, Long Beach
A.A. Natural Sciences - Saddleback College

Research Interests:
I am a Research Associate at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, where I continue to do research on the systematics of several groups of deep sea fishes. A few of my students at Glendale Community College have participated in several research projects under my supervision at the Natural History Museum.


Dr. Maria Kretzmann
Office: SG 211
Telephone: (818) 240-1000 x5363
Email: mkretzma@glendale.edu 
 
Courses taught at Glendale Community College:
Marine Mammals (Biol 146) in Baja
General Biology for majors (Biol 102)
General Biology for non-majors (Biol 122)
 
Academic Background:
Ph.D. Biology - University of California Santa Cruz
M.S. Marine Science - University of California Santa Cruz
B.S. Biology - Cornell University 

Research Interests:
My research interests include evolutionary and physiological ecology, marine mammal biology, and conservation biology. Most of my recent efforts have focused on the application of molecular genetic tools to address ecological questions of relevance to the effective management of endangered species.  


Professor Greg Meyer
Telephone: (831) 345-1973
Email: gmeyer@csumb.edu 
 
Courses taught at Glendale Community College:
Natural History Field Studies (Biol 131) in Baja
 
Academic Background:
M.S. Environmental Studies - Prescott College
Graduate Studies - Moss Landing Marine Labs
B.A. Environmental Studies – University of California, Santa Cruz
 
Research Interests:
I have worked on a number of Conservation Biology projects and did my thesis in Bahia de los Angeles studying the distribution of small mammals and the introduction of non-native rodents. I have also worked as a research associate on several marine mammal projects in Mexico, the Caribbean and the South Pacific. For the past twenty years I have maintained a data base of the birds and mammals of Bahia de los Angeles and have published field lists in association with the natural history museum in town.  


Professor Guy Van Cleave
Telephone: (209) 588-5202
Email: vancleaveg@yosemite.edu 
 
Courses taught at Glendale Community College:
Natural History Field Studies (Biol 131) in Baja
 
Academic Background:
M.S. Biology - California State University, San Diego
B.S. Wildlife Biology – University of California, Davis
 
Research Interests:
My past research concerned aspects of flight physiology in bats. I am the vertebrate curator at the Great Valley Museum and work with the museum in public outreach and exhibit design. Currently I am interested in attitudes and perceptions of my local communities toward the natural sciences and how we might motivate people toward greater appreciation and ultimately political action to preserve more of our natural world. Teaching in Bahía de los Angeles fits right in with this endeavor. One week in Baja makes more of an impression than any traditional one semester biology class at Columbia or Glendale.


ANTHROPOLOGY FACULTY

Professor Victoria BureschProfessor Victoria Buresch
Office: SR 346
Telephone: (818) 240-1000 x3123
Email: vburesch@glendale.edu

Courses taught at Glendale Community College:
Cultural Anthropology (Anth 102) in Baja
Physical Anthropology (Anth 101) in Bali
Physical Anthropology (Anth 101)
Cultural Anthropology (Anth 102)
Cultural Anthropology (Anth 102) Honors


Academic Background:
Ph.D. candidate Biological Anthropology – Australian National University
M.A. Anthropology – California State University, Fullerton
B.S. Biology – University of California, Irvine

Research Interests:
My research interests include primatology, wildlife conservation strategies, and learning about traditional and contemporary cultures. I love teaching anthropology to my students, especially in Baja and Bali. In Baja, my students learn about the Cochimi, the indigenous people that once lived there. It’s an amazing experience for students to have the opportunity to participate in a culture that they are learning about.


PHOTOGRAPHY FACULTY

Mary-Linn HughesMary-Linn Hughes
Photography Department SG 341
Telephone: (818) 240-1000 x 5383
Email: mhughes@glendale.edu

Courses taught at Glendale Community College:
Introduction to Photography (Photo 101)
Photoshop 1 (Photo 121)
Intermediate Black and White (Photo 103)

Academic Background:
MFA - Art, University of California, San Diego
BA - Art, Emphasis in Photography, California State University, Fullerton


Background:
In addition to being awarded multi-year artist-in-residence grants from the California Arts Council to work in community settings, I have been the recipient of numerous grants and commissions for public art projects at sites including the Manhattan Beach Pier, the Minority AIDS Project and Santa Monica Place. My work has been exhibited at venues as diverse as Lupita’s Party Store, the L.A. Gay and Lesbian Center’s Advocate and Gochis Galleries, Side Street Projects and Penn State. I love teaching photography and am excited about traveling with a Photo 101 class to Baja for a week of shooting and learning! 


PHYSICAL SCIENCE FACULTY

Dr. John Leland
Office: CS 263
Telephone: (818) 240-1000 x5794
Email: leland@glendale.edu

Courses taught at Glendale Community College:
Physical Geology (Geol 101)
Environmental Geology (Geol 102)
Field Geology (Geol 104) - in Baja
Historical Earth Science (Geol 105)
Physical Geology Laboratory (Geol 111)
Oceanography (Ocean 115)
Oceanography Lab (Ocean 116)
 
Academic Background:
Ph.D. Geology--University of California, Los Angeles
M.S. Geology--University of California, Los Angeles
B.A. Religious Studies--Carleton College, Northfield, Minnesota

Interests:
I enjoy communicating science ideas in a way that everyone can understand. Teaching in the field enhances this communication and often creates a dialogue from which everyone can learn.


Dr. Jennifer Krestow
Office: CS 262
Telephone: (818) 240-1000 x5356
Email: krestow@glendale.edu
 
Courses taught at Glendale Community College:
Astronomy Laboratory (Astro 102)
Solar System Astronomy (Astro 110)
Honors Solar System Astronomy (Astro 110H)
Stars and Galaxies (Astro 120)
 
Academic Background:
Ph.D. Physics - University of Toronto, Canada
M.Sc. Geophysics - University of Toronto, Canada
B.Sc. Astronomy & Physics - University of Toronto, Canada
 
Academic Interests:
I am passionate about astronomy (stellar evolution in particular) and helping students better understand the Universe that they live in. Observational astronomy, as experienced in Baja, is both breathtaking and awe inspiring, and sharing these wonders with students creates memories that will be remembered for a life time.


Dr.  Poorna Pal, MS MBA PhD
Professor: Geology/Oceanography, International Business
Office: SG-152
Telephone: 818)240-1000 x 5517
E-mail: ppal@glendale.edu
 
Courses taught at Glendale Community College:
Geology
Oceanography
International Business
 
Academic Background:
M.S. and Ph.D.Geophysics - Osmania University, India,
Executive Management Certificate and MBA - University of California, Riverside.
 
Academic Interests:
Dr. Pal has authored and/or coauthored 70-plus research papers and monographs/books on topics in Geology, Geophysics and Corporate Finance, has made 100-plus presentations at conferences and seminars worldwide, and has received 175-plus citations in the Science Citation Index and Social Science Citation Index. The book ‘Wealth Forever’ that he has coauthored (World Scientific, 2003) has received a 4.5-Star rating on Amazon.com for instance.
 
Poorna has held academic positions in numerous universities colleges worldwide, including the Professorships/Visiting Professorships in Corporate Finance at the Johannes Kepler University, Linz, Austria, and Geology/Geophysics at Montana Tech, Butte, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil; National Autonomous University of Mexico, Mexico; University of Edinburgh, UK; University of Stockholm, Sweden; Universities of Ilorin, Ife and Ibadan, Nigeria; Kuwait University; Al Fateh University, Tripoli, Libya; and Osmania University, India. Poorna has also taught graduate and undergraduate classes in Business and Finance at University of California, Riverside, and University of La Verne, and most recently, taught a graduate course on Corporate Finance at the Johannes Kepler University, Linz, Austria, in winter this year.
 
In addition to teaching here, Poorna has also served as the Chair of our Physical Sciences Division and as the College’s Program Review Coordinator.
Franky Telles 2 Professor Franky Telles
Email: okeanos2100@gmail.com
 
Courses taught at Glendale Community College:
Geology 101/102/111
Oceanography 115/116
 
Academic Background: 
Geology B.S., UCLA
Geology M.S., CSUN 
 

Academic Interests:
My interests are climate change, oceanography, and comparative planetology. In the past, I studied the south polar cap of Mars for evidence of climate change. While at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, I looked for evidence of amino acids in Banded Iron Formations. As part of my M.S. thesis in Geology, I went to Australia to research geochemical and climate cycles. Presently, as a U.S. Navy officer in the field of Meteorology and Oceanography, I help to coordinate global weather and oceanographic forecasts.

At the same time, I enjoy my work as a part-time instructor of Oceanography and Geology at Glendale Community College. I am committed to inspiring Glendale College students to transfer to 4-year institutions and earn Bachelor's degrees, keys to professional careers. I am also  fluent in 3 languages: English, Russian, and Spanish.

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