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Craig Hood

E. Letitia Beard Distinguished Professor of Biological Sciences & Director of the Environment Program


Ph.D., Texas Tech University, 1986

M.A., CSU Fullerton, 1981

B.A., CSU Fullerton, 1977


  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • Biological Sciences
  • Environment


Dr. Hood joined the Department of Biological Sciences in 1986, was one of the founding faculty of the Environmental Studies Minor Program in 1989, and currently serves as Director of the Environment Program. His expertise is in concepts of evolution, ecology, and the relationship between form and function in plants and animals and his research focuses on ecological and evolutionary patterns and processes in diverse groups of organisms and ecosystems.   Recent work and ongoing studies examine ecology and conservation biology of mammals (especially bats); spatial ecology and evolution of wetland plants; and geographic variation and sexual dimorphism in vertebrates.  Evolutionary studies include functional morphology and morphometrics using video-based image analysis and multivariate statistics.  His educational focus is on students learning major concepts.   To do so, students must master fundamental objective knowledge in biology, chemistry, physics, and mathematics as well as the skills to carry-out their own research. It is clear that we are now in the midst of the Information Age, and it is therefore imperative that students learn to learn using modern information technologies. With this said, his attitude is that these technologies are tools and that people still count -- learning begins and ends with people.

Classes Taught

  • Investigating Nature
  • Biology of Organisms
  • Evolution
  • Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy

Areas of Expertise

  • Ecology
  • Evolution
  • Functional Morphology
  • Multivariate Statistics
  • Mammalogy