John Eme, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, PI
John began as an Assistant Professor at CSUSM in 2017. His research focuses on fish and reptile comparative physiology. John has published papers on >15 different species, including alligators, snapping turtles, freshwater fish, and marine fish.
B.S., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2000
M.S., University of West Florida, 2005
Ph.D., University of California, Irvine 2010
Post-doctoral Research Associate, University of North Texas, 2010-2013
Post-doctoral Research Fellow, McMaster University, 2013-2015
Visiting Assistant Professor, California State University San Marcos, 2015-2016
Lecturer Adjunct Faculty, California State University San Marcos, 2016-2017
Current Lab Members
Aida Rodriguez, B.S. (Master’s student). Aida finished her first semester in CSUSM's M.S. program, and will begin her research in summer 2018. Aida is originally from North Hollywood, CA. She attained her B.S. in Biological Sciences at California State University San Marcos, Fall 2017. Currently she is working as a Research Associate II for the Wildfire Research Program and Environmental Leadership Institute through CSUSM’s Extended Learning as well as a Resident Services Coordinator for a low-income housing complex in San Marcos, CA. Her research interests are WUI Firefighter Physiology and WUI Firefighter Health and Safety. She hopes her future research plays a crucial role in designing protocols that mitigate current long-term health concerns in Firefighters.
Cassidy Cooper, B.S. (Master's student). Cassidy finished her undergraduate degree at CSUSM in Spring 2018, and she will continue her studies in the lab. Her personal interests include reading and horseback riding in her spare time. With an academic interest in a wide variety of topics from literature to physiology, she enjoys being a part of the continuous learning and communication processes of the scientific community. She hopes to apply her interests by perusing a future involved with research and practical lab work.
Juan Vasquez (Senior). Juan is a Biology Major at CSUSM. He enjoys participating in environmental conservation efforts as well as volunteering. In the future, Juan plans to become a Marine Biologist focusing in the field of Marine Microbiology. In 2018, Juan secured an internship and the San Diego Wild Animal Park.
Lauren Sullivan (Junior). Lauren is currently a third year undergraduate at CSUSM with a Biology concentration in Physiology. She is passionate about conservation efforts and hopes to have a career in conservation research. Outside of school she enjoys spending time at the beach, going to the San Diego Zoo, and hanging out with her dog Diego.
Jada Morales (Junior). Jada is a Bridges student attending Palomar college to get her general biology degree. She enjoys exploring the outdoors, spending time with the important people in her life, and loves to travel to new destinations. Jada looks to supplement her formal education in biology with this lab to heighten the overall mastery of the subject matter to refine where she will commit herself in the field.
Thomas Schmoyer (Junior). Thomas is a veteran, majoring in Molecular and Cellular Biology. He spends a majority of his time outside of the classroom weightlifting and studying for his major. His interests within the lab are to observe how different species of animals adapt and change throughout important stages of their life to better understand the animal kingdom as a whole.
Adrian Ruiz (Senior). Adrian will complete his B.S. in Biology with a concentration in Physiology in Spring 2019 . Adrian is currently preparing applications for master's and doctoral programs, and he aspires to become a professor that studies how animals physiologically respond to environmental and anthropogenic stressors. In his spare time, Adrian likes to play with his dog, fish, and kayak.
Zakary Goddard (Senior). Zak is a former Navy Corpsman majoring in Molecular and Cellular Biology. Hailing from Portsmouth, New Hampshire, Zak has always been an avid observer of animals and conducting animal research has long been a dream of his. Outside of his studies, he enjoys spending time outdoors with his family and his dog, Olive. He aspires to become a naval officer after attending dental or medical school in the near future, continuing service to his country.