Principal Investigator


Dr. Alexis pasulka


  • B.S., Arizona State University (Biology)
  • Ph.D., Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego (Biological Oceanography)
  • Postdoc, California Institute of Technology (Microbial Ecology and Geobiology)


Undergraduate Students

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Mason Wright

I am a third-year Biological Sciences major focusing in Molecular and Cellular Biology at Cal Poly, SLO. I facilitate various levels of biology workshops at Cal Poly. Some of my extracurricular activities include participation in the American Medical Student Association and practicing Brazillian Jiu-Jitsu at my local Paragon Jiu-Jitsu gym. Currently, I am interested in exploring the distributions and spatial arrangements of marine microorganisms using epifluorescent microscopy.


Laura Lodolo

I am a third year Biological Sciences major at Cal Poly SLO. I was born in Milan, Italy and can speak Italian fluently. During the winter season, I am an Elephant Seal Ambassador at San Simeon State Beach and get to observe elephant seals and educate tourists and locals about them. Outside of class I am on Cal Poly’s Women’s Ultimate Frisbee Team. I am interested in marine life and the wondrous capabilities of the ocean’s microorganisms.




I am a second year Biological Sciences major at Cal Poly, SLO. I am a Frost Scholar and am also completing the coursework necessary to obtain a Spanish minor. In my free time, when I'm not studying chemistry or cooking, I like to go backpacking in the Trinity Alps and am a member of the Wildlife Club. I'm interested in exploring the diverse array of marine microorganisms and their trends through time.