Updated on 05/21/15.                                                                                                 

Steven L. Manley, Professor


I can still be reached at: Department of Biological Sciences, California State University Long Beach ,1250 Bellflower Blvd. Long Beach CA 90840.                                                              Office: Micro 306A,                  Lab: Micro 304B,               Email: steven.manley@csulb.edu  Phone: 562-985-1568,               FAX: 562-985-8878.

I recently retired after having been a faculty member of the Department of Biological Sciences since 1988. I will be participating in the CSU FACULTY EARLY RETIREMENT PROGRAM.











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Under the direction of Dr. David J. Chapman, now Professor Emeritus - UCSB,  I received my Ph.D. in Biology (1978)  from UCLA. He introduced me to the unique halogenated natural products of marine algae. It was in his lab that I became interested in algal halogen metabolism which resulted in my dissertation research on bromophenol biosynthesis in the red alga Odonthalia floccosa.

I was a Research Fellow in the laboratory of  the late Dr. Wheeler J. North at Caltech's Kerckhoff Marine Laboratory in Corona del Mar, CA. My association with Dr. North resulted in a deep appreciation of the marine environment and fascination with the physiological ecology of kelps, especially the giant kelp Macrocystis. He introduced me to Dr. Minoo Dastoor, a research director at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, who was extremely interested in the source of atmospheric halocarbons, especially the monohalomethanes (methyl halides). Thus began my research of marine algal production of halomethanes. Except for a brief foray into agar biosynthesis and production with a small company in Santa Cruz, CA, which no longer exists, for most of my career I have been investigating marine algal halomethane production. Recently, I have been involved in managing Kelp Watch 2014 - 2015 a collaborative project between myself and Dr. Kai Vetter of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

















Courses to Teach in Spring 2016

Biology 211, Evolution and Diversity

Biology 153, Introduction to Marine Biology

Biology 425, Phycology


















"The question of questions for mankind - the problem which underlies all others, and is more deeply interesting than any other - is the ascertainment of the place which man occupies in nature and of his relations to the universe of things."

H. Thomas Henry Huxley, Mans Place in Nature

"At base, science is no more than an investigation of a miracle we can never explain, and art is an interpretation of that miracle"  

Ray Bradbury, The Martian Chronicles.