Dr. Paul Narguizian

Dr. Narguizian
College of Natural & Social Sciences
Department of Biological Sciences
Office Location: ASCB 323C
Phone: 323.343.2054 Email: pnargui@calstatela.edu


Dr. Narguizian specializes in evolution education research and development and archaeoentomology, alternating his time between the classroom and the field as a Professor of Biological Sciences and Science Education at California State University, Los Angeles. 


Dr. Narguizian teaches BIOL 1200: Principles of Biology II; BIOL 1010: General Biology; BIOL 4200: Global Change; BIOL 4540: Biology Pedagogy: Teaching Science Effectively; and BIOL 1030: Life Science. 


His science education research centers on the intersections of science and society, specifically the acceptance and rejection of evolution in the United States and the impact of the conflict between religion, evolution and the nature of science on science and info-literacy. His lab research centers around Arcaeoentomology. Archaeoentomology is the study of insect remains from archaeological sites. These range from reconstructions of natural and anthropogenic contexts to reconstructions of climate. Archaeoentomological research depends on anaerobic preservation which is optimal in very dry and very wet environments, and in permafrost (Buckland et al. 2004). Insects are the most abundant animals on Earth and their study involves different categories. Beetles (Coleoptera), flies (Diptera) including Chironomidae, and other groups as for example Hemiptera (bugs), Orthoptera (grasshoppers), Siphonaptera (fleas) and Anoplura (lice) are all frequently found in archaeological deposits. As the number of species is immense, study is dependent on the state of taxonomy for each group. For some groups larval and pupal stages have yet to be described and work has therefore concentrated upon the adult stage, particularly of beetles.Insects from archaeological sites are recovered from soil samples retrieved from suitable contexts during the excavation.


Title Date

Richardson, D.* and Narguizian, P. 2012. Incorporating captive animal behavior into the conservation of threatened species, Hippocampus ingens. International Journal of Applied Science and Technology, Aug, 2(7):17-23


Narguizian, P. 2012. Evolution education and the nature of science: Strategies for the classroom. International Journal of Humanities and Social Science, Jun, 2(12): 1-4


Narguizian, P. and Desharnais, R. 2012. Virtual courseware: Web-based simulations for promoting inquiry-based teaching and learning. California Classroom Science, Jan, 24(5): http://www.classroomscience.org/virtual-courseware-web-based-simulations-for-promoting-inquiry-based-teaching-and-learning


Narguizian, P. 2008. Biology, chemistry, medicine, and nature study. In D. Crook and G. McCulloch (Editors), The Routledge International Encyclopedia of Education, Routledge Taylor & Francis Group Publishers, London, England.





​Ed.D. Science Education 2002

  • University of Southern California
    Los Angeles, CA

M.S. Entomology 2016

  • University of Nebraska, Lincoln,
    Lincoln, NE

M.S. Biology 1998

  • California State University, Northridge
    Northridge, CA

B.A. Biology 1994

  • California State University, Northridge
    Northridge, CA


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