Biology Faculty

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Robert Belton

Associate Professor 906-227-1582
Office Location:

2107 Weston Hall

Advising: Physiology, Pre-Physical Therapy, General Biology

Research Interests: I am interested in the communication that occurs between cells during embryonic development, and the miscommunication that results in diseases such as cancer.

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John G. Bruggink

Professor 906-227-2342
Office Location:

2117 Weston Hall

Advising: Wildlife Biology, Ecology, Mammalogy & General Biology

Research Interests: Wildlife ecology and management, population ecology.

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Heng-Hsuan Chu

Assistant Professor 906-227-2343
Office Location:

2112 Weston Hall

Teaching: Introductory Biology, Plant Kingdom, Plant Physiology

Research Interests: Plant nutrition & abiotic stress, including the effects of mineral deficiencies and toxic metals upon plants.

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Giuseppe P. Cortese

Assistant Professor 906-227-2218
Office Location:

2007 Weston Hall

Teaching: Human Anatomy & Physiology; courses in the Cellular and Molecular Track of the Neuroscience major

Research InterestsIn vitro and in vivo model systems of psychiatric and neurodegenerative disorders to study genetic and environmental links associated with neurodevelopment...

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Neil Cumberlidge

Professor 906-227-2215
Office Location:

2009 Weston Hall

Advising: Ecology, Physiology, Zoology.

Research Interests: Taxonomy, phylogenetic systematics, evolution, physiology, parasitology, conservation, ecology, and biogeography of the freshwater crabs of Africa and Madagascar. Research interests also include the freshwater crabs of Asia, Aus...

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Kurt Galbreath

Associate Professor 906-227-1586
Office Location:

2119 Weston Hall

Advising: Zoology, Parasitology, Evolutionary Biology, Pre-Vet

Research Interests: Historical biogeography of Holarctic mammals and their parasites, host-parasite co-evolution 

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Brandon Gerig

Assistant Professor 906-227-2302
Office Location:

2003 Weston Hall

Advising: Fisheries & Wildlife Management, Ecology

Research Interests: Applied fisheries ecology; dynamics of fish communities and populations.

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Brent Graves

Professor 906-227-1812
Office Location:

402 Cohodas Hall

Advising: General Biology, Ecology, Zoology

Research Interests: Behavioral ecology, life history evolution, herpetology

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Diana Lafferty

Assistant Professor 906-227-2227
Office Location:

2011 Weston Hall

Advising: Fisheries and Wildlife Management, Ecology

Research Interests: Wildlife responses to global environmental change, large landscape conservation, human-wildlife conflict mitigation.

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Jill B. K. Leonard

Professor and Interim Department Head 906-227-1619
Office Location:

2115 Weston Hall

Advising: Fisheries & Wildlife Management, Marine Biology, Physiological Ecology

Research Interests: Fish biology, physiological ecology, migration.

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Alec R. Lindsay

Professor 906-227-1834
Office Location:

2113 Weston Hall

Advising: Ecology, General Biology, Zoology

Research Interests: Conservation genetics, ornithology, animal behavior, evolution.

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Donna Maki

Professor 906-227-2443
Office Location:

2013 Weston Hall

Advising: Botany, General Biology, Microbiology

Research Interests: Research in my lab involves the study of plant-microbe interactions. The overarching theme involves investigating the microbial ecology of plant-associated microbes and applying that knowledge to improve plant growth.

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Angela Mohrman

Assistant Professor 906-227-2319
Office Location:

2615 TSB (formerly West Science)

Advising: Biology, cellular & molecular biology, and biomedical sciences 

Research Interests: STEM education pedagogy and situational factors that influence student success rates in STEM courses and degree programs through the use of participant interviews, self-surveys, proctored-surveys and electro...

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Erich Ottem

Associate Professor (906) 227-1072
Office Location:

2109 Weston Hall

Advising: Neuroscience, Neurophysiology, Physiology, Cell and Molecular Biology.

Research Interests: The role of neurotrophic factors and gonadal steroids in the maintenance of neuromuscular junctions and motorneuron dendritic morphology. The influence of gonadal steroids on the physiological functioning...

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Alan J. Rebertus

Professor 906-227-2351
Office Location:

2005 Weston Hall

Advising: Ecology, General Biology, Botany

Research Interests: Ecology of endangered plant flora; roles of disturbances (fire, wind) and large mammals on community and landscape dynamics.

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Andrew Richards

Adjunct Assistant Professor 906-227-2206
Office Location:

2804 TSB (formerly West Science)

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Josh S. Sharp

Associate Professor 906-227-2380
Office Location:

2111 Weston Hall

Advising: Microbiology, Medically-related Professional Fields, General Biology

Research Interests: Gene regulation in bacteria, medical microbiology, RNA degradation, regulators of bacterial virulence gene expression, and toxin secretion systems.

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Roger (Mac) Strand

Professor 906-227-2365
Office Location:

2121 Weston Hall

Advising: Invertebrate Zoology, Ecology, General Biology.

Research Interests: Stream ecology, ecohydrology, aquatic invertebrate community ecology and bioenergetics, ecology of Lake Superior, upper peninsula stream conservation.

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Katherine C. Teeter

Associate Professor 906-227-2177
Office Location:

2015 Weston Hall

Advising: Biology, Zoology, Genetics

Research Interests: Population and evolutionary genetics

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Charlotte Vanacker

Assistant Professor 906-227-2385
Office Location:

3108 Weston Hall

Advising: Neuroscience, Physiology, Cell and Molecular Biology.

Research Interests: Neuroscience, Neuroendocrinology, Reproductive Physiology, Glial cells. My research goal is to dissect the role of glial cells in the control of reproductive function in mammals.

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James VanOrman

Instructor 906-227-2762
Office Location:

3110 Weston Hall

James coordinates laboratories for BI 100, BI 111, and BI 112, and teaches labs for Biology courses as needed.

Biology Staff

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Lauren Anargyros

Student Success Specialist/Embedded Advisor 906-227-2381
Office Location:

2203C Weston Hall

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Janece Hanycz

Senior Secretary 906-227-2310
Office Location:

2001 Weston Hall

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Patricia Lafave-Guidebeck

Account Clerk 906-227-1723
Office Location:

2001 Weston Hall

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Jingfang Niu

Laboratory Supervisor 906-227-2311
Office Location:

1312 Weston Hall

Past Faculty

  • Jennifer Jezylo
  • John Rebers
  • Jackie Bird   
  • Pat Brown
  • Thomas Froiland
  • Frank Verley
  • Ronald Parejko
  • Phil Doepke
  • Lowell Neudeck
  • Lew Peters
  • William Robinson
  • Martin Kopenski
  • Don Snitgen
  • Warren VanDeBerg
  • Maynard Bowers
  • Gordan Gill

Former Lab Technician

  • Duane King

Former Secretaries

  • Patricia Wagner
  • Susie Piziali