About Me

I am a full-time instructor in the Environmental Science Department. I am a Marine Biologist by training and my background includes work on invasive species, benthic-pelagic coupling, water quality, plankton population dynamics, bioaccumulation and magnification studies, and how carbon moves through ecosystems. My graduate research was the first to focus on the feeding ecology of an invasive bivalve on a specific size class of plankton in the San Francisco Estuary. You can read about it here.
Before coming to De Anza I was an instructor at Diablo Valley College in the Biology and Oceanography Departments. I also worked as a Biologist at the U.S. Geological Survey. In my work as an educator, I strive to present a different idea of what a scientist looks like. I love science and I love to learn from my students. In my spare time, I am a passionate Oakland A's fan and a trapeze artist.

Classes I Teach

Summer 2018

12594ESCI 13Environmental Science
00414ESCI 191Environmental Biology

Spring 2018

00633ESCI 191Environmental Biology
42493ESCI 192Environmental Biology
42090ESCI 301Conservation Biology
45855ESCI 7766RSpecial Projects in Environmental Science
45856ESCI 7767RSpecial Projects in Environmental Science

Faculty Info


Valerie Greene

Environmental Studies




  • B.S., San Francisco State University, 2007
  • M.S. San Francisco State University, 2010

Office Hours

Spring 2018

M/W 10:30-11:30am, T 11:30-12:30pm, TH 2:30 - 3:30pm, or by appointment.

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