Mary Sue Lowery, PhD

Mary Sue Lowery
Phone: (619) 260-4078
Office: Shiley Ctr for Science & Techn 482

Department Chair, Biology

  • PhD, University of California at San Diego, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, Marine Biology
  • BS, (with highest distinction) Mississippi State University, Zoology
  • Recipient, National Science Foundation pre-doctoral fellowship, National Research Council Post-doctoral Fellowship

Mary Sue Lowery, PhD, joined the biology faculty in 1990. She teaches preparatory courses for biology majors, as well as biological oceanography and interdisciplinary team-taught honors courses. Lowery is a comparative biologist with particular interest in the effect of endurance swimming on the development of muscle in juvenile marine fishes.

Areas of Interest

An active participant in the USD interdisciplinary honors program, Lowery has engaged in developing numerous team-taught courses with colleagues in other departments. She strives to engage students in the process of science through encouraging student design and implementation of projects within traditional courses as well as promoting student collaboration in her research lab. Independent projects and intensive writing in biological oceanography provide some of her favorite areas for developing students' critical reasoning and science writing skills. Lowery is an enthusiastic promoter of science in local K-12 school districts, linking young women to opportunities in science and encouraging all USD students to volunteer as mentors and workshop presenters for BE WiSE (Better Education for Women in Science and Engineering) and EYH San Diego (Expanding Your Horizons) events. As a member of Project Kaleidoscope's Faculty for the 21st Century, Lowery works on the national level for science education reform. Lowery was the recipient of the Davies Award for Excellence in Teaching (2006) and the Outstanding Preceptor Award (2007).

Office Hours

Section 02
1/31 - 5/15 M 1:30 pm - 2:30 pmShiley Ctr for Science & Techn - 482
1/31 - 5/15 T 10:00 am - 12:00 pmShiley Ctr for Science & Techn - 482
1/31 - 5/15 W F 11:00 am - 12:00 pmShiley Ctr for Science & Techn - 482