Meet the Faculty & Staff
Olivia ViverosTitle: Project Director
Years at CSM: Since 2017
Education: B.S., Math with a Computer Science Minor, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
Other Interests: Spending time with family and friends watching soccer, and traveling.
Languages: Spanish and English
Tania BelizTitle: Professor
Degrees: Ph. D. Botany, UC Berkeley; B.A. Biology and Botany, University of Panama.
Teaching Experience: Lecturer at UC Davis, UC Berkeley, San Francisco State U. and Armstrong U.; full-time at CSM since 1990.
Career Highlights: Studying Darwin’s historical plant collections in European herbaria; field studies in the highlands of Mexico, Costa Rica, and Panama; teaching botany and biology at CSM.
Hobbies: Gardening; reading; cooking; traveling; dogs
Quote: "To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow." – Audrey Hepburn.
Kathy DiamondTitle: Professor
Degrees: B.A. Biology, UC Santa Cruz; M.A. Zoology, UCLA; Ph.D. Biochemistry & Biophysics, UC San Francisco
Teaching Experience: Lecturer at UCLA.; Instructor at College of San Mateo over 25 years
Career Highlights: The phone call offering me a full-time job at CSM, and every day working with students and colleagues
Hobbies: Hiking with friends & family; camping and backpacking in the Sierra Nevada and Cascades; reading novels; gardening
Quote: "... from so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being, evolved." – Charles Darwin