Personal profile


Dr. Michael P. Marchetti has degrees from Bucknell University (Biology & Chemistry 1990) and the University of California, Davis (M.S. Ecology 1994 and Ph.D. Ecology 1999).  Currently he is the Fletcher Jones Endowed Chair of Biology at St Marys College of California.  Prior to St. Marys, Dr. Marchetti was a full professor at California State University Chico for eleven years. 
Dr. Marchetti has over 28 years experience studying aquatic ecosystems, primarily in the Central Valley and Coast Range of California.  His research centers on stream ecosystems, conservation biology, invasion ecology, and food web ecology.
Dr. Marchetti teaches courses in general ecology, aquatic ecology, biostatistics, conservation biology and ichthyology.  He has an active research lab and has worked in California, Oregon, Nevada, Mexico, Hawai’i and New Zealand.  He has authorship on more than 35 peer-reviewed publications in top ranking academic journals, and is a co-author on two college textbooks, 'Invasion Ecology' and ‘Protecting Life on Earth’.  He is also the primary author on an upcoming general ecology textbook titled: "Ecology: Accessible Quantative Reasoning for Ecological Science", to be published in 2020.


- Ecology and Life History Variation in the Califonria Newt (Taricha torosa) (2013- Present)
- Origin of Tetrodotoxin in California Newt food webs (collaboration with Dr G. Buccarelli UCLA)
- Ecohydrology and fisheries management of the Russian River Watershed (2012- Present)
- Writing a Textbook for Norton Publishing - "Ecology: Accessible Quantitative Resasoning for Ecological Science"

Contact Information

Brousseau Hall - 106

Phone: 530 966 0647

Related documents

  • Curriculum Vitae

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    Type: CV

Education/Academic qualification

Ph. D. Graduate Group in Ecology, University of California, Davis

… → 1999

MS Graduate Group in Ecology, University of California, Davis

… → 1994

BA/BA Biology/Chemistry, Bucknell University

… → 1990

External positions

Professor, California State University, Chico

Aug 1 2000Aug 1 2011

Research Interests

  • Aquatic Ecology & Conservation
  • Fish Biology
  • Invasion Ecology
  • Stream Ecology
  • Herpetology - amphibians
  • Aquatic Macroinvertebrates
  • Conservation Biology
  • General Ecology pedagogy


  • Biology
  • Earth Sciences
  • Environmental Sciences