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James Mackey

Faculty in Emeriti Faculty
Professor Emeritus
B.S. 1951 Biology, University of Akron; M.S. 1954 Zoology, Ohio State
Courses taught: BIOL 300 Nature Study; BIOL 313 Principles of Ecology; BIOL 475 Herpetology; BIOL 470 Vertebrate Natural History; BIOL 580 Limnology; Ichthyology, Conservation Animal Ecology, Ecology of the Bay Area

 “I especially enjoyed the company of my graduate students in transit to and at our field sites.  How do laboratory scientists compensate for this?”

Professor Mackey joined the faculty in 1957, and retired in 2000.  Past President of the SF State Sigma Xi club, he was Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Randall Museum, Director of the Save the Bay Society, and is an Honorary Fellow of the California Academy of Sciences. 

Dr. Mackey frequently taught “Birds of the Sierra Nevada” at the SF State Field Campus.  He supervised an NSF-supported project based at the Field Campus which culminated in a report, “A Biological Baseline Study of Sierra Valley Marsh.” 

Dr. Mackey also lectured for many years to the docent classes at the San Francisco Zoo.

Currently, he is an active member of the Board of the Friends of San Pedro Valley County Park in Pacifica.

Dr. Mackey can be reached at