Leslie A. King

Leslie King


Full-Time Faculty
Harney Science Center 219A


Leslie King is an instructor in the Department of Biology. She received her BS in zoology from the University of California, Davis in 1989 and her MA in physiology and behavioral biology from San Francisco State in 1993. Professor King's graduate research focused on hemoglobin-oxygen affinities in adult and fetal swell sharks (Cephaloscyllium ventriosum) and she participated in field studies of shark behavior and feeding in the Bahamas. She is interested in science and health communication, specifically in exploring the use of in-class technology to teach concepts in physiology. She is also a distance runner.

Professor King teaches courses in general biology, comparative animal physiology, and human physiology, and is one of several faculty supervising and coordinating graduate student teaching assistants. She uses a variety of teaching methods in her courses, including the use of flipped classes, in-class activities, and case studies to help students learn to apply material learned.

Research Areas

  • Science and health communication
  • Human cardiovascular physiology and exercise physiology
  • Hemoglobin-oxygen affinities in adult and fetal swell sharks (Cephaloscyllium ventriosum)


  • MA in Physiology and Behavioral Biology, San Francisco State University, 1993
  • BS in Zoology, University of California Davis, 1989