Lynne Trulio

Lynne Trulio

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LYNNE A. TRULIO, Ph.D., Chair of the Department of Environmental Studies at San José State University

Lynne Trulio is a professor and chair of the Department of Environmental Studies in the College of Social Sciences at San José State University. She has been chair of her department for at least 10 of the 22 years she has been at SJSU. Currently, she is also an Academic Affairs Administrative Fellow in the Office of the Provost. Her primary work for the Provost has been to advance the Academic Plan for SJSU. Responsibilities have included working with faculty and administrators to streamline the Academic Plan, identify priority goals and guide a campus-wide task force of in refining those goals. This semester, she is on a team headed by Dean Steele, dean of the College of Business, focused on improving student success, especially for under-represented minorities.


From 2003-2008, Lynne was the Lead Scientist for the South Bay Salt Pond Restoration Project, a project to significantly improve the health of the San Francisco Bay. At over 15,000 acres, this is the second largest effort in the US restoring wetlands to areas where they previously existed. She directed the Project's science program and an interdisciplinary group of 12 scientists, and was a member of the Project Management Team. She and the science team developed an approach to the restoration that is guiding the successful implementation of the Project today.


Previous to that position, Lynne was an American Association for the Advancement of Science Environmental and Engineering Fellow in 1999-2000, conducting work as a visiting scientist at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, DC. At that agency, Lynne was part of a team leading a national effort to develop state-focused wetland protection measures. She helped direct a large task force of EPA managers from around the US in finding common ground, setting goals and tailoring wetland protection approaches suited to each state.


Lynne's academic research investigates the interaction between humans and wildlife in urban settings and she is a nationally-recognized expert in burrowing owl conservation and wetland restoration. She conducts this research with colleagues and graduate students, and regularly involves undergraduates. This Spring, she was awarded the College of Social Science Austin D. Warburton Award for excellence in research. She has taught a wide range of courses including introductory, GE and majors courses, as well as courses in environmental impact assessment and restoration, some of her areas of expertise.


She received her Ph.D. in Ecology from the University of California, Davis and her undergraduate degree in Biology from Goucher College in Towson, Maryland.