Lynne Trulio



Ph.D., Ecology, University of California at Davis


(408) 924-5439

Research Interests

  • Conservation Biology
  • Human-Wildlife Interactions
  • Burrowing Owl Ecology and Conservation
  • Environmental Restoration
  • Wetland Ecology
  • Vertebrate Conservation


Lynne Trulio joined the Department of San Jose State University in 1991. She is currently the Department Chair.  Dr. Trulio teaches a wide range of courses including Introduction to Environmental Studies, Globalization and the Environment, the introductory and advanced courses in Environmental Restoration, and graduate seminars in proposal writing and methods.  Dr. Trulio conducts research investigating human impacts to species and habitats and seeks effective methods to mitigate or eliminate those impacts.  Specific research with colleagues and graduate students includes studies of the ecology and recovery of the western burrowing owl (Athene cunicularia) in California, the effects of recreation on wildlife, and tidal salt marsh restoration in the San Francisco Bay.  She has been a committee member or chair for scores of Environmental Studies master of science students.  For many years, she has been the faculty advisor to the Environmental Resource Center, a student-run center in the Department focused on promoting campus and community sustainability.

In addition to her professorship, Dr. Trulio was the College of Social Sciences acting and interim Associate Dean from August 2014 to January 2016.  She was the Lead Scientist for the South Bay Salt Pond Restoration Project during its planning phase, from 2003-2008, directing the Project's science program and participating as a member of the Project Management Team.  She was an American Association for the Advancement of Science Environmental and Engineering Fellow from August 1999 to December 2000 and worked as a visiting scientist in the Wetlands Division, Office of Wetlands, Oceans & Watersheds of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, DC.  She received her Ph.D. in Ecology from the University of California, Davis (1988) and her undergraduate degree in Biology from Goucher College in Towson, MD (1979).

Courses Taught

  • ENVS 001: Introduction to Environmental Issues
  • ENVS/PKG 152: Globalization and the Environment
  • ENVS/URBP 185: Environmental Impact Analysis
  • ENVS 187: Environmental Restoration
  • ENVS 190: Advanced Environmental Impact Assessment
  • ENVS 191: Advanced Environmental Restoration
  • ENVS 195: Instructor Assistant in Environmental Studies
  • ENVS 198: Senior Seminar
  • ENVS 200: Seminar: Environmental Methods
  • ENVS 210: Current Topics in Environmental Studies
  • ENVS 297: Research and Proposal Development

Current Research

Dr. Trulio investigates human impacts on species and their habitats in human-dominated landscapes, and seeks effective methods to mitigate or eliminate those impacts.  Specific research includes the ecology and protection of the western burrowing owl in California, restoration of tidal salt marshes in the San Francisco Bay, and the effects of recreation on wildlife.  Dr. Trulio enthusiastically supports graduate students who conduct science and social science research on species preservation, especially in California's urban landscapes.