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R. Brandon Pratt

Associate Professor of Biology

Department of Biology

California State University, Bakersfield

Bakersfield, CA 93311 USA

Email rpratt at csub dot edu                                                                     

Phone 661-654-2033  


My students and I study topics in plant physiological ecology in an effort to understand how plants are adapted to the environment.  A lot of this work is aimed at understanding adaptations and responses to drought in southern California shrublands.  For the latest results of these studies see my google.scholar or research gate page.

Students that are interested in conducting research in my lab, both undergraduate and graduate students, are encouraged to contact me about research opportunities. 

Lab highlights: High resolution computer tomography (HRCT) system in the Pratt lab at CSUB. The system is on the left, an image of scanned vascular tissue of grapevine with color coded vessel diameters, and the 0.5 meter grapevine on the far left being loaded for scanning.

New HRCT being installedHRCT image of plant xylemGrapevine plant being scanned



MS Students

Viridiana Castro: MS student studying embolism spread using microCT

Student hugging a tree

Jacob Spriester: MS student

Student at tunnel view in Yosemite Park


Undergraduate Students



Lab Alumni

Marta Percolla: Working on a PhD at UC Berkeley.
Aaron Baumgardner: TA and applying to PhD programs.

Mitchell Coleman: Tejon Ranch Conservancy and applying to PhD schools.
Emily vanRyn: Planning to attend graduate school at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.

Michael Clem: Finishing his degree in biology and planning on attending graduate school.

Hayden Toschi: Laboratory technician supervisor.

Martin Venturas: Post-Doc in John Sperry's lab.

Shana Carey: Environmental science professional.

Evan MacKinnon: Working as a water resources manager.

Samuel DelRio: Brewer.

Christine Hluza: A graduate student at Northern Arizona University

Michael Tobin: Assistant Professor of Biology at University of Houston Downtown.

Courtney Traugh: Working on a PhD in biochemistry at Purdue University.

Heather Keldgord: Assistant Professor, Bakersfield College.

Alanisha Woods: Pursuing a pharmacy degree in Kansas.

Eddy Lee: Working towards his B.S. in Biology.

Raeanne Quaresma: Graduate school.

Anna Jacobsen: Assistant Professor of Biology at CSUB

Christine Whitelock: Graduate school.

Mark DeGuzman: Graduate school.

Sergio Barrera: Graduate school.

Diana Alleman: Working for environmental consulting agency.

Cuu Nguyen: Attending pharmacy school.

Francisco Millan: Applying to graduate school.

Haley O'Mara: Graduate school.

Aaron Ramirez: Assistant Professor at Reed College, Oregon.

Udai Sibia:  Medicine.

Christopher Doggett: Laboratory technician.

Wendy Bennett: Pursuing interests in animal husbandry.








This site was last updated 09/05/19