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Department of Biology faculty, education, and interests


James E. Alexander, Associate Professor [jealex01 (at)]

  • Ph.D.,University of Oklahoma, 1987
  • Population ecology and physiological ecology of aquatic invertebrates; zebra mussel (Dreissena) biology.
  • Dr. Alexander's page.


Ronald Atlas, Professor [r.atlas (at)]

  • Ph.D., Rutgers, 1972
  • Microbial ecology and physiology; hydrocarbon metabolism; microbial abatement of pollution; polar microbiology.


Margaret Carreiro, Associate Professor [m.carreiro (at)]

  • Ph.D., University of Rhode Island, 1989
  • Nutrient cycling; ecosystem ecology of terrestrial habitats, particularly those in urban and suburban landscapes.
  • Center for Environmental Science


Gary Cobbs, Professor [gacobb01 (at)]

  • Ph.D., University of California, Riverside, 1974
  • Population genetics; protein polymorphism; evolutionary theory; Drosophila genetics.


Cindy Corbitt, Associate Professor [cynthia.corbitt (at)]

  • Ph.D., University of Alaska, Fairbanks, 1997
  • Behavioral neuroendocrinology, environmental signaling and the central nervous system.
  • Dr. Corbitt's laboratory page.


Lee Dugatkin, Professor and Distinguished University Scholar [lee.dugatkin (at)]

  • Ph.D., State University of New York, Binghamton,1991
  • Behavioral and evolutionary ecology; Evolution of cooperative and altruistic behavior; cultural transmission and female mate choice; evolutionary psychology.
  • Dr. Dugatkin's page.


Perri Eason, Professor and Director of Graduate Programs [perri.eason (at)]

  • Ph.D., University of California, Davis, 1991
  • Behavioral ecology and conservation biology of terrestrial vertebrates and insects.


Sarah Emery, Associate Professor [sarah.emery (at)]

  • Ph.D., Michigan State University, 2005
  • Plant ecology, biodiversity, succession, restoration, plant-fungus interactions, plant-insect interactions, invasive species, sand dune biology.
  • Dr. Emery's laboratory page.


Paul Ewald, Professor [pw.ewald (at)]

  • Ph.D., University of Washington, 1980
  • Evolutionary ecology of parasitism, evolutionary medicine, agonistic behavior, pollination biology.


Ronald D. Fell, Professor and Chair of the Department [rfell (at)]

  • Ph.D., Iowa State University, 1977
  • Applied physiology, nutrition, muscle metabolism and exercise physiology.


Paul R. Himes, Assistant Professor [paul.himes (at)]

  • Ph. D., Michigan State University, 2009
  • Microbiology, molecular genetics

Arnold J. Karpoff, Associate Professor [ajkarp01 (at)]

  • Ph.D., University of Oregon, 1969
  • Morphology and physiology of plant growth and development; plant ultrastructure.


Jennifer Mansfield-Jones, Assistant Professor [j0mans02 (at)]


William D. Pearson, Professor, Curator, Clay Fish Collection [wdpear01 (at)]

  • Ph.D., Utah State, 1970
  • Fisheries biology; ichthyology; aquatic ecology; stream drift, biospeleology.


Michael Perlin, Professor [mhperl01 (at)]

  • Ph.D., University of Chicago,1983
  • Molecular genetics; structure and function of the gene; molecular biology of drug action; gene mapping and splicing, fungal phytopathogens, host/pathogen interaction.


Shira Rabin, Assistant Professor [shira.rabin (at)]

  • Ph.D., Northwestern University, 2005
  • Bacterial pathogenesis; toxin biology; host/pathogen interactions


Susanna Remold, Associate Professor [susanna.remold (at)]

  • Ph.D., Cornell University, 1998
  • Microbial evolutionary ecology and evolutionary genetics; adaptation to free-living and host association; microbes of the built environment


Mark Running, Assistant Professor [mprunn01 (at)]


David J. Schultz, Associate Professor [david.schultz (at)]

  • Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University, 1996
  • Molecular genetics, biotechnology, and biochemistry; production of unusual lipids and secondary metabolites in plants; trichome mediated pest resistance in Pelargonium xhortorum (geranium).


Joseph M. Steffen, Associate Professor [joe.steffen (at)]

  • Ph.D., University of New Mexico, 1980
  • Cellular and molecular physiology; environmental physiology, endocrine and growth factor effects on muscle.


Micah Worley, Assistant Professor [micah.worley (at)]

  • Ph.D., Oregon Health Sciences University, 2000
  • Microbiology of intracellular pathogens and pathogen manipulation of host cells.
  • Dr. Worley's laboratory page.


Stephen P. Yanoviak, Assistant Professor & Tom Wallace Endowed Chair of Conservation. [spyano01 (at)]

  • Ph.D., University of Oklahoma, 1999
  • Ecology and Conservation, species interactions, species richness in terrestrial and aquatic communities, diversity in the tropical forest canopy.
  • Dr. Yanoviak's laboratory page.


Deborah R. Yoder-Himes, Assistant Professor [deborah.yoder-himes (at)]

  • Ph.D. Michigan State University, 2005
  • Microbiology and molecular genetics.  Bacterial pathogenesis, transmission of opportunistic pathogens, the role of bacterial pathogens in the environment, and the evolution of pathogenesis.
  • Dr. Yoder-Himes' laboratory page.


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