Roger Christianson

Professor of Biology

Executive Director,
Pacific Division of AAAS

Office: Science 163
Phone: 541-552-6747
Fax: 541-552-6415

Courses Currently Taught
Brief Biography
Professional Memberships
Current Research Interests
Hobbies and Other Interests
On-going Personal Projects


General Biology (non-biology majors)

Coordinator, General Biology Program



Dr. Christianson received his PhD from the University of California at Santa Barbara in 1976. Studying under Dr. Beatrice Sweeney, he pursued a number of avenues to illuminate the mechanism(s) of circadian rhythmicity in the single-celled marine dinoflagellate Gonyaulax polyedra. [Click here for photo.] His dissertation is titled "Studies on the Circadian Rhythmicity of the Marine Dinoflagellate Gonyaulax polyedra." While at Santa Barbara he was a teaching assistant in Introductory Biology and Biochemistry over a peiod of one year, a National Science Foundation Trainee for three years, and he coordinated the major's Introductory Biology course for seven years.

Since 1980 Dr. Christianson has been at Southern Oregon University, coordinating and teaching in the General Biology program for non-majors. He has also taught in the introductory sequence for biology majors, Marine Biology and Diversity of Life.

Dr. Christianson acted as chair of the Biology Department during spring term 1996 while Frank Lang, the chair of the department, was on sabbatical leave. In winter term 1997 Dr. Christianson was elected chair of the department by his colleagues, with his term beginning on 1 July 1997 and concluding on 16 June, 2003.

In June 2001, Dr. Christianson was elected Executive Director of the AAAS, Pacific Division, with a term of three years to commence on 15 June 2002. In January 2002, the Executive Committee of the AAAS, Pacific Division, upon the resignation of the Executive Director, appointed Dr. Christianson Interim Executive Director until his three year term began in June. In October 2004 Dr. Christianson's term was Executive Director was extended by the Executive Committee. The Pacific Division currently has an agreement with SOU to host the Division through June 2012.

More complete biographies may be found in the following Marquis publications:

  • Who's Who in the West

  • Who's Who in American Education

  • Who's Who among Emerging Leaders

  • Who's Who in America

  • Who's Who in the World


  • PhD in Biology, 1976, University of California at Santa Barbara

  • MA in Biology, 1971, UC Santa Barbara

  • BA in Cellular and Organismal Biology, 1969, UC Santa Barbara



  • The effectiveness of constructivist teaching methods in the biology classroom.

  • Circadian rhythmicity.


Youth work, Photography, Multi-media presentations, Running, Ham radio,
Collecting old Christmas lights.

ON-GOING (and never-ending, it would seem) PERSONAL PROJECTS

Finishing a barn, keeping the weeds down, getting rid of junk, and finding the perfect oatmeal raisin cookie.

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