Blake Barron

Blake Barron in Lab
Contact Information:
  • office phone: 805-730-4244
  • email:
  • office: EBS 322
  • website:
  • BIOL 102: Animal Biology
  • BIOL 112: Evolution & Adaptation 
  • BMS 136: Biology of Human Sexuality
Blake earned a Bachelor of Arts in Physiology and Cell Biology from UCSB (1991) and a Master of Arts in Biological Science with an emphasis in Comparative Physiology (1996). At this time, Blake knew that his goal was a career focused on teaching. He was hired as an adjunct faculty member by the Department of Biological Sciences at SBCC in 1996 and as a full-time, tenure-track professor in 1999.  During his years at SBCC, Blake has taught 14 different courses in the Biological Sciences Department. This diversity has provided Blake with a breadth of knowledge that he can continually integrate and share with students.

Teaching & LIfe Philosophy
Blake enjoys being involved in multiple aspects of the SBCC campus culture and has served on many committees including the Faculty Academic Senate, One Planet faculty, the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Transfer Program Faculty Workgroup. In 2011-12 Blake was honored to earn a SBCC Faculty Excellence Award and in 2013–14 he was voted the Annual Faculty Lecturer of the year.

Hiking, camping, swimming and reading are among Blake’s favorite activities so it is perhaps unsurprising that Blake has been the Faculty Advisor for the Biology Club since Fall 2008. The level of dedication to service and exploration exemplified by the devoted student members of the SBCC Biology Club is impressive.

Blake’s teaching philosophy is characterized by high expectations for both himself and his students tempered with compassionate consideration of the diversity of our students and recognition of both their fears and potential. As primates, humans are social critters. Our survival and ability to thrive is predicated on our establishing effective relationships and staying connected. Blake looks forward to many more years of adventure, discovery and fun at SBCC!