Faculty Research Interests
All of our faculty conduct research projects in a subdiscipline of biology. Below are listed the names of our faculty, a brief summary of their interests, and (where available) links to their websites.
Gregory Adler, Ph.D., Boston University, 1986.
Professor. Ecologist. Population and community ecology of tropical mammals.
Stephen Bentivenga, Ph.D., Kansas State University, 1991.
Professor. Mycologist. Plant-fungus interactions; soil microbiology.
Sheldon Cooper, Ph.D., Utah State University, 1998.
Professor and Co-Chair. Physiological Ecologist. Animal ecological physiology; vertebrate energetics and thermoregulation.
David Dilkes, Ph.D., University of Toronto, 1993
Associate Professor. Paleontologist. Comparative and human anatomy; biology of early amphibians and reptiles; evolution.
Lisa Dorn, Ph.D., University of Montana, 1995.
Associate Professor. Geneticist. Mapping plant genes; molecular genetic influence on the evolution of ecologically relevant life history traits.
Beatrice Holton, Ph.D., University of Oregon, 1980.
Associate Professor. Cell and Developmental Biologist. Mechanics and biochemistry of tissue formation; embryonic cell determination and differentiation.
Toivo Kallas, Ph.D., University of Oregon, 1980.
Professor. Molecular Biologist. Microbial genetics, biochemistry, biotechnology; photosynthesis and gene expression in cyanobacteria.
Todd Kostman, Ph.D., Washington State University, 1999.
Associate Professor and Co-Chair. Plant biologist. Plant cell biology; physiology of calcium regulation in plants.
Courtney Kurtz, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2006.
Assistant Professor. Physiologist. Immunophysiology of hibernating mammals.
Thomas Lammers, Ph.D., Ohio State University, 1988.
Professor, Curator of the Herbarium, Graduate Coordinator. Plant taxonomist. Systematics and evolution of angiosperm family Campanulaceae.
Eric Matson, Ph.D., Iowa State University, 2004.
Assistant Professor. Microbiologist. Composition and function of complex microbial communities and microbe-host interactions. Anaerobic, lignocellulose-degrading microbial communities
Colleen McDermott, D.V.M., Iowa State University, 1986; Ph.D., Kansas State University, 1990.
Professor. Microbiologist. Immunology; medical microbiology; detection of cyanobacterial toxins; microbial contamination of beach waters.
Elsbeth (Misty) McPhee, Ph.D., University of Michigan, 2002.
Associate Professor. Conservation Biologist. Response of animal populations to environmental change; behavior, morphology, & physiology of captive-bred animals.
Dana Merriman, Ph.D., University of California at Santa Barbara, 1988.
Professor. Neurobiologist. Cellular neuroscience; structure and function of vertebrate retina with hereditary disease and/or oxidative stress.
Michelle Michalski, Ph.D., Washington University School of Medicine, 2000.
Professor. Parasitologist. Molecular microbiology; microbial pathogenesis.
Rob Mitchell, Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2012.
Assistant Professor. Entomologist. Chemical ecology of insects; Discovery and field testing of novel compounds, sequencing molecular chemoreceptors, and mapping neural pathways involved in chemoreception
Sabrina Mueller-Spitz, Ph.D., University of Cincinnati, 2006; M.S., UW-Madison, 2001.
Associate Professor. Microbiologist. Characterizing Anthropogenic Influences on Bacterial Community Structure and Function.
Robert Pillsbury, Ph.D., Bowling Green State University, 1993.
Professor. Ecologist. Algal taxonomy and ecology; wetland ecology.
Walter Rainboth, Ph.D., University of Michigan, 1981.
Associate Professor. Ichthyologist. Systematics and biodiversity of temperate and tropical fish.
Teri Shors, Ph.D., Arizona State University, 1995.
Professor. Virologist. Animal virology; pox viruses.
Robert Stelzer, Ph.D., University of Notre Dame, 2000.
Professor. Ecologist. Aquatic ecology; biogeochemistry; groundwater-surface water interactions in streams; stream and lake food webs.
Robert Wise, Ph.D., Duke University, 1986.
Professor. Plant biologist. Ultrastructure and physiology of stressed plant cells.