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Kerri L. Sevenbergen, M.S.

Biology Instructor
Laboratory Manager

Kerri Sevenbergen has been at PLNU since 2000, when she first joined the biology and chemistry departments as an adjunct professor. In 2003, she was hired as a full-time instructor and lab manager for those departments. In 2014, in response to the growth of both departments, Sevenbergen became a full-time faculty instructor and lab manager solely for the biology department. In addition to her responsibilities as biology lab manager, she uses her background in general biology and ecology/marine biology to teach Biology 103 (Introductory Biology for non-science majors) and co-teaches with Dr. Walter Cho on the marine biology course for the biology graduate program.


  • M.S., Biology (Emphasis: Ecology, Behavior, and Evolution), UCSD
  • B.S., Biology  (Emphasis: General Biology), UCSD
  • B.A., Psychology, UCSD

Courses Taught

  • Introduction to Biology – BIO 1003
  • Graduate Marine Biology – BIO 6067
  • Marine Vertebrate Zoology – BIO 3020
  • Marine Invertebrate Zoology – BIO 3030
  • Marine Ecology Field Biology – BIO 3040
  • Marine Plant and Microbial Life – BIO 3070
  • Human Ecology – BIO 1002
  • Ecology – BIO 3060
  • Introductory Chemistry Lab – CHE 1003L
  • Human Biology and Bioethics – BIO 1001

Experience in Field

  • Mira Costa College (San Diego, Calif.) Adjunct Professor Biology, 2000 – 2003
  • Miramar College (San Diego, Calif.) Adjunct Professor Biology, 1997 – 2003
  • University of San Diego (San Diego, Calif.) Adjunct Professor Biology, 2000
  • Salk Institute Vision Center Lab (San Diego, Calif.) Laboratory Technician, 1997 – 2000
  • University of California, San Diego (San Diego, Calif.) Teaching Assistant Biology, 1996
  • University of California San Diego & SWFSC/NOAA (San Diego, Calif.) Master's Thesis Research Biology with Dr. Jack Bradbury, 1994 – 1997

Professional and Community Involvement

  • PLNU Herpetology Club Advisor, 2008 – 2017
  • Miramar College, Biology 106 Course Coordinator, 2002 – 2003
  • Basketball Coach, Tierrasanta Recreation Center Youth Basketball League, 1992 – 1993
  • Biological Trainee, Junior Fellowship Program, Southwest Fisheries Science Center, summers 1990 – 1995
  • Volunteer Cruise Research Assistant, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, February 1996
  • Student Research Assistant, Scripps Research Institute and UCSD, Department of Psychology, 1994

Dissertations, Presentations, and Publications

  • Sevenbergen, K.L. (1997). "Abnormal Behavior in Dolphins Chased and Captured in the ETP Tuna Fishery: Learned or Stress-Induced Behavior?" Master's thesis.
  • Sevenbergen, K.L. and A.C. Myrick, Jr. (1994). "Is Rafting, Sinking, and Sleeping Behavior of Chased and Purse-Seined Dolphins Caused by Glucocorticoid- Potentiated Endorphin Analgesia?" Pathophysiology, Suppl. 1, Nov. (abstr. WS6-I-2-05).
  • Sevenbergen, K.L. and A.C. Myrick, Jr.  (Unpublished.) "Is Rafting, Sinking, and Sleeping Behavior of Chased and Purse-Seined Dolphins Caused by Glucocorticoid-Potentiated Endorphin Analgesia?" Pathophysiology.