Biology Faculty

Dr. James Alexander

James E. Alexander, Jr.

Associate Professor

(502) 852-7243
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Education: Ph.D.,University of Oklahoma, 1987

Research interests: Population ecology and physiological ecology of aquatic invertebrates; zebra mussel (Dreissena) biology.

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Jeffrey Bara

Jeffrey Bara

Visiting Assistant Professor

(502) 852-4009

Education: Ph.D.,University of Louisville, 2012

Research interests: Host-pathogen interactions; the ecology of vector-borne diseases, host adaptation of opportunistic pathogens

Dr. Margaret Carreiro

Margaret Carreiro

Associate Professor

Education: Ph.D., University of Rhode Island, 1989

Research interests: Nutrient cycling; ecosystem ecology of terrestrial habitats, particularly those in urban and suburban landscapes.

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Center for Environmental Science

Gary Cobbs


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Education: Ph.D., University of California, Riverside, 1974

Research interests: Population genetics; protein polymorphism; evolutionary theory; Drosophila genetics.

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Dr. Cindy Corbitt

Cindy Corbitt

Associate Professor 

(502) 852-3915
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Education: Ph.D., University of Alaska, Fairbanks, 1997

Research interests: Behavioral neuroendocrinology, environmental signaling and the central nervous system.

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Lee Dugatkin, Professor, Department of Biology

Lee Dugatkin

Professor and Distinguished University Scholar 

(502) 852-5943
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Education: Ph.D., State University of New York, Binghamton,1991

Research interests: Behavioral and evolutionary ecology; Evolution of cooperative and altruistic behavior; cultural transmission and female mate choice; evolutionary psychology.

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Professor Perri Eason

Perri Eason

Professor and Director of Graduate Programs 

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Education: Ph.D., University of California, Davis, 1991

Research interests: Behavioral ecology and conservation biology of terrestrial vertebrates and insects.

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Dr. Sarah Emery

Sarah Emery

Associate Professor 

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Education: Ph.D., Michigan State University, 2005

Research interests: Plant ecology, biodiversity, succession, restoration, plant-fungus interactions, plant-insect interactions, invasive species, sand dune biology.

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Paul Ewald

Paul Ewald


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Education: Ph.D., University of Washington, 1980

Research interests: Evolutionary ecology of parasitism, evolutionary medicine, agonistic behavior, pollination biology.

Dr. Ronald Fell

Ronald D. Fell

Professor and Chair of the Department 

Education: Ph.D., Iowa State University, 1977

Research interests: Applied physiology, nutrition, muscle metabolism and exercise physiology.

Christopher Frost

Christopher Frost

Assistant Professor 

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Education: Ph.D., University of Georgia, 2005

Research interests: Chemical and molecular ecology, plant stress biology, canopy ecology, plant secondary metabolism, and experiential learning.

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Linda Fuselier

Assistant Professor 

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Education: Ph.D., University of Kentucky, 2004

Research interests: Stream fish ecology, bryophyte ecology and evolution, evolution of plant phenotypic plasticity, and undergraduate pedagogy.

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Paul Himes

Paul R. Himes

Assistant Professor 

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Education: Ph. D., Michigan State University, 2009

Research interests: Microbiology, molecular genetics

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Rosanne Hoffmann

Rosanne Hoffmann

Part-time Lecturer

(502) 899-2292

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Education: Ph.D., S.U.N.Y. Buffalo, 1987

Research Interests: Evolution, Ecology, Botany, Plant physiology; Vision impairment; Educational psychology, Cognitive science & the Science of learning

Dr. Rachel Hopp

Rachel Hopp

Part-time Lecturer

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Education: Ph.D., University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, 1999

Research Interests: Molecular regulation of apoptosis in photoreceptors; retinitis pigmentosa and retinoblastoma. Effective teaching methods for student success in anatomy and physiology.

Jennifer Mansfield-Jones

Associate Professor

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Education: Ph.D., University of Michigan, 1995

Research interests:Digestive energetics as related to parasitic infections.

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Michael A. Menze

Michael A. Menze

Associate Professor 

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Education: Ph.D. [Dr. rer. nat.], University of Dusseldorf and University of Mainz, 2001

Research interests:Molecular physiology; mitochondrial bioenergetics; cryobiology, and animal stress biology.

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Dr. Michael Perlin

Michael Perlin


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Education: Ph.D., University of Chicago,1983

Research interests:Molecular genetics; structure and function of the gene; molecular biology of drug action; gene mapping and splicing, fungal phytopathogens, host/pathogen interaction.

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Shira Rabin

Shira Rabin

Assistant Professor 

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Education: Ph.D., Northwestern University, 2005

Research interests: Bacterial pathogenesis; toxin biology; host/pathogen interactions

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Susanna Remold

Associate Professor 

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Education: Ph.D., Cornell University, 1998

Research interests: Microbial evolutionary ecology and evolutionary genetics; adaptation to free-living and host association; microbes of the built environment.

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Mark Running

Mark Running

Associate Professor 

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Education: Ph.D., California Institute of Technology, 1997

Research interests: Plant genetics and development; drought tolerance; biofuels.

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David J. Schultz

David J. Schultz

Associate Professor 

Education: Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University, 1996

Research interests: Molecular genetics, biotechnology, and biochemistry; production of unusual lipids and secondary metabolites in plants; trichome mediated pest resistance in Pelargonium xhortorum (geranium).

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Allison Smith

Allison Smith

Part-time Lecturer

(502) 852-6771

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Education: Ph.D. University of Louisville, 2012

Research interests: Environmental Justice, Brownfields, Environmental Policy

Joseph M. Steffen, Ph.D. Professor of Biology

Joseph M. Steffen


Education: Ph.D., University of New Mexico, 1980

Research interests: Cellular and molecular physiology; environmental physiology, endocrine and growth factor effects on muscle.

Micah Worley

Micah Worley

Associate Professor 

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Education: Ph.D., Oregon Health Sciences University, 2000

Research interests: Microbiology of intracellular pathogens and pathogen manipulation of host cells.

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Stephen P. Yanoviak

Stephen P. Yanoviak

Associate Professor & Tom Wallace Endowed Chair of Conservation

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Education: Ph.D., University of Oklahoma, 1999

Research interests: Tropical arthropod ecology, behavior and conservation.

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Deborah R. Yoder-Himes

Assistant Professor 

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Education: Ph.D. Michigan State University, 2005

Research interests: Microbiology and molecular genetics.  Bacterial pathogenesis, transmission of opportunistic pathogens, the role of bacterial pathogens in the environment, and the evolution of pathogenesis.

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