Faculty Information


Department of Biology faculty, education, and interests


James E. Alexander, Associate Professor

  • 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

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


Margaret Carreiro, Associate Professor

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Gary Cobbs, Professor

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


Cindy Corbitt, Associate Professor

  • 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

  • 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

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


Sarah Emery, Associate Professor

  • 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

  • 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

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


    Christopher Frost, Assistant Professor

    • Ph.D., University of Georgia, 2005
    • Chemical and molecular ecology, plant stress biology, canopy ecology, plant secondary metabolism, and experiential learning


    Linda Fuselier, Assistant Professor

    • Ph.D., University of Kentucky, 2004
    • Stream fish ecology, bryophyte ecology and evolution, evolution of plant phenotypic plasticity, and undergraduate pedagogy.
    • Dr. Fuselier's page


    Paul R. Himes, Assistant Professor

    • Ph. D., Michigan State University, 2009
    • Microbiology, molecular genetics
    • Dr. Himes' page


    Arnold J. Karpoff, Associate Professor

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


    Jennifer Mansfield-Jones, Associate Professor


    Michael A. Menze, Associate Professor

    • Ph.D. [Dr. rer. nat.], University of Dusseldorf and University of Mainz, 2001
    • Molecular physiology; mitochondrial bioenergetics; cryobiology, and animal stress biology.


    Michael Perlin, Professor

    • 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.
    • Dr. Perlin's page.


    Shira Rabin, Assistant Professor

    • Ph.D., Northwestern University, 2005
    • Bacterial pathogenesis; toxin biology; host/pathogen interactions
    • Dr. Rabin's page.


    Susanna Remold, Associate Professor

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


    Mark Running, Associate Professor


    David J. Schultz, Associate Professor

    • 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).
    • Dr. Schultz's laboratory page.


    Joseph M. Steffen, Professor

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


    Micah Worley, Associate Professor

    • 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, Associate Professor & Tom Wallace Endowed Chair of Conservation.


    Deborah R. Yoder-Himes, Assistant Professor

    • 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.