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Department of

Environmental and Ocean Sciences

Matthew T. Craig, PhD

Adjunct Faculty

Matthew Craig is an Adjunct Assistant Professor and Research Associate in the Department of Marine Science and Environmental Studies. His specialties include organismal biology and ecology, evolutionary biology, and ichthyology. His research combines organismal biology and genetics to investigate the processes that create and maintain biodiversity in the marine realm.


Dr. Craig earned his Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Biology from Occidental College in 1998 and 2000, respectively. He earned his Ph.D. in Marine Biology from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in 2005.

Scholarly and Creative Work

Dr. Craig’s research has provided insights into the links between historical and current events that affect how populations are interconnected. This information is used to help spatially explicit management strategies to function in a meaningful manner. Dr. Craig is also an active member of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) where he serves as co-Chair of the Species Survival Commission Groupers and Wrasses Specialist Group.

Teaching Interests

Dr. Craig’s teaching focusses on providing students with a broad appreciation for marine science and conservation. By combining detailed information on marine organisms with real-world applicability of concepts, his courses leave students with a greater understanding of the diversity and fragility of marine ecosystems.