Dr. Mason teaches a variety of biology and environmental sciences classes on the Menifee Valley Campus of Mt. San Jacinto College. He also teaches courses in science education and statistics for Azusa Pacific University and Cal State San Marcos.
Dr. Mason completed his B.A. degree at University of Colorado, Colorado Springs and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees at Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon. Dr. Mason is a population and community biologist with a special interest in animal behavior and population genetics. He has received National Science Foundation, ATEEP Fellowships to study urban and agricultural pollution as it affects water resources and to study fossil fuel production and distribution in Alaska. Most recently Dr. Mason received a National Science Foundation fellowship to study energy sustainability in Denmark.
Dr. Mason serves on the Board of Directors of the San Jacinto River Basin Resource Conservation District where he currently serves as President of the Board.
Dr. Mason and his wife, Debbie, are involved in science education for elementary and middle school children. Dr. Mason has provided “Science Friday” hands-on science lessons for elementary students in the Hemet School District for the last 15 years. For the last 3 years he has had a grant to provide introductory hands-on biotechnology lessons to middle school students in a number of school districts in Western Riverside County. Both Dr. and Mrs. Mason have taught graduate level courses in science education.
Dr. Mason has previously served as the president of Tillamook Bay Community College in Tillamook Oregon; the president of Eastern Wyoming College in Torrington, Wyoming; and the superintendent/president of Mt. San Jacinto College, San Jacinto, California.
Dr. Mason served on CalTAC from 2014 to 2015.