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Derek Madden  PhD

Derek Madden
Professor - Biology 
Science, Mathematics & Engineering 
Science Community Center 243 
Office Hours:     
Tuesday, 11:45a.m. - 12:00p.m. 
Thursday, 11:45a.m. - 12:00p.m. 
Thursday, 4:45p.m. - 6:00p.m. 
Friday, 11:45a.m. - 1:00p.m. 


Best Professor of Biology in California (CCIE-California Colleges International Education Scholarship Award).

Former Dean of Instruction, Columbia College


Our continuing research centers on the question; why don't wild monkeys develop arthritis? We compare arthritis in wild and captive monkeys. Our preliminary data can be viewed on PeerJ, and in international proceedings. We suggest there is a connection between body movement and healthy cartilage maintenance. 

Courses I Teach

  • Human anatomy and biology


  • How to move; arthritis and monkey activity.Proceedings: American Society of Aging.60th Annual Conference, 2014.


    Rain-forest canopy connectivity and habitatselection by primates. 2010. Journal ofTropical Ecology (Cambridge University Press).

    Sea turtle nesting as a process influencing sandy beach ecosystems. 2008. Biotropica; International journal oftropical ecology.

    Interactions between large animals and thorny plants on a wildlife ranch inKenya. 2006. African Journal of Ecology.


    First record and morphology of Myialges fromGalapagos. Journal of Parasitology.


    Symbiotic ants as an alternative defense againstgiraffe. 1992. Oecologia


    Magpiesand Mayflies; Ecology of California's Central Valley and Sierra Foothills. 1990. Heyday Press, Berkeley.