Dr. Forsgren undertook post-doctoral training at the University of California, Riverside.


  • Bachelor of Science
  • Master of Science
  • Doctor of Philosophy

Research Areas

The Forsgren Lab is interested in reproductive endocrinology, physiology, and anatomy. Our research has incorporated a variety of tools to address questions of interest concerning the reproductive biology of aquatic organisms, particularly bony fishes. Our research includes investigation into the molecular and endocrine regulation of early gonadal development in fishes using tissue/cell culture, genomic, and proteomic techniques, endocrine disruption of the hypothalamus-pituitary-gonadal axis in fishes exposed to agricultural pesticides and waste water effluent, and the use of computerized tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to better understand the reproductive tracts of internally fertilizing fishes. My work is a collaboration with graduate and undergraduate students. Students conduct research alongside me with a ‘learning by doing’ approach that builds self-confidence and identify as a scientist. I have trained 30 CSUF undergraduates, 4 graduate students, 3 summer community college interns, and 8 summer high school interns.


Aryafar, H+., A. Carrillo*, R. Berquist*, L.R. Frank, B. Velasco*, K.L. Forsgren, and K. Dickson. Description of the male genital papilla in the California grunion, a silverside fish that spawns on sandy beaches. Bulletin of Southern California Academy of Sciences. Accepted Dec. 12, 2018.

Monson, C., Forsgren, K.L., Goetz, G., Harding, L., Swanson, P., Young, G. 2017. A teleost androgen promotes development of primary ovarian follicles in coho salmon and rapidly alters the ovarian transcriptme. Biology of Reproduction 97: 731-745. 

Bond, E.*, Barraza, A.*, Forsgren, K.L. 2017.A preliminary description of the reproductive morphology of black perch (Embiotoca jacksoni). Bulletin of the Southern California Academy of Sciences 116: 219-226.

Forsgren, K.L., Homam, J.+, Barrios, A.+, Paig-Tran, E.W.M. 2017. Reproductive morphology of oarfish (Regalecus russellii). Anatomical Record 300: 1695-1704. 

Forsgren, K.L.,Qu, S., Cwiertny, D., Schlenk, D. 2014. Trenbolone acetate metabolites promote ovarian growth and development in adult Japanese medaka (Oryzias latipes). General and Comparative Endocrinology 202: 1-7. Data analysis and manuscript written while at CSUF, data collected at UCR.

Kolodziej, E.P., Qu, S., Forsgren, K.L.,Long, S.A., Gloer, J.B., Jones, G.D., Schlenk, D., Baltrusaitis, D., Cwiertny, D.M. 2013. Identification and environmental implications of photo-transformation products of trenbolone acetate metabolites. Environmental Science and Technology 47: 5031-5041. 

*CSUF undergraduate author, + graduate author