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Dessi L.A. Underwood, Ph.D. (Entomology/Ecology Expert Witness)

(Entomology/Ecology Expert Background Info Summary)

Dessie L.A. Underwood, Ph.D., – an Entomology/Ecology Expert Witness, is a broadly trained Entomologist and Ecologist with over 25 years of professional experience. Dr. Underwood is currently a Professor and Department Chair of Biological Sciences at CSULB. In general, she conducts ecological studies on all types of insects and their kin in a variety of habitats, including urban, riparian, and woodland locations. She will occasionally assist members of the general public with identifying insects in their homes including bed bugs, mites, fleas, and more.

Dr. Underwood did B. A. in Biological Sciences (Magna Cum Laude) from California State University, Fresno, and M. S. in Ecology from the University of California, Davis. In 1999, she received her Ph.D. in Ecology from University of California, Davis.


(Entomology/Ecology Expert Bullet Points of Interest)

  • Vice President – Southwestern Association of Freshwater Invertebrate Taxonomists (SAFIT) (2012 to Present)
  • Hosted the SAFIT workshop – Taxonomy of Western North America Aquatic Mites (May 18-19, 2016)
  • Education Committee – Southwestern Association of Freshwater Invertebrate Taxonomists (2008 to Present)
  • Organized the Symposium on Aquatic Entomology, Entomological Society of America Annual Meeting, Austin, Texas (November 2013)
  • Hosted the SAFIT workshop – Taxonomy of Western North America Mayfly Nymphs (January 3-4, 2013)
  • Reviewer for Invertebrate Biology
  • Professor – Biological Sciences, CSULB (2013 to Present)
  • Interim Associate Dean for Research – College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, CSULB (2015 to 2016)
  • Interim Department Chair, Biological Sciences, CSULB (2014 to 2015)
  • Associate Chair, Biological Sciences, CSULB (2010 to 2014)


(Entomology/Ecology Expert Final Words/Short Summary)

While serving as Interim Associate Dean for Research, Dr. Underwood hosted two grant development workshops for faculty within the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics in collaboration with the ORSP grant development specialist. Both workshops included panelists of faculty successful in obtaining external funding within our college.

Dr. Underwood has hosted numerous school groups on campus in the entomology lab including Young Scientists’ Camp every summer for the past seven years, and three Girl Scouts troops who earned their Bug Badges; Has done presentations on insects and spiders at various elementary school classes throughout Long Beach;  Hosted several high school students interested in entomological research; and Routinely identifies arthropods for members of the campus and local community.

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Published: November 17, 2022
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