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  • Meet the Faculty & Staff

  • Aho, Michael
    Faculty
    Biosciences Department

    Office: HA 407W
    Phone: 218.477.5007
    Email: michael.aho@mnstate.edu

    Education history: B.A. Biology, Minnesota State University, Moorhead, M.S. Biology University of Minnesota-Duluth Research Interests: Cyanobacteria and Green algae competition under light limiting conditions, Watershed issues with invertebrates and ecotoxicology Teaching Assignments: Aquatic Biology, An Ecological Perspective, Organismal Biology Lab, Research Design, Cell Biology Lab, Invertebrate Zoology

    Anderson, Sara
    Faculty, Biology
    Biosciences Department

    Office: HA 407U
    Phone: 218.477.2578
    Email: sara.anderson@mnstate.edu
    web.mnstate.edu/anderson/
    Education history: B.A. University of Minnesota, Morris; Ph.D. Purdue University Research Interests: Molecular Ecology - study of natural populations through molecular biology and genetics combined with field data. Painted turtles in MN (collaboration with Donna Stockrahm); native bees in MN prairies (collaboration with Rebecca Andres); microbial ecology of prairie soils pre- & post- restoration; Antarctic bacteria ecological genomics (collaboration with Michelle Tigges). Teaching Assignments: Genetics lecture and labs; DNA as Destiny: Genetics and Society; Molecular Biology lecture and labs; Cell biology labs; BCBT Literature Review and Presentation; Research Design; Molecular Biology and Biological Ethics, Special topics (bioinformatics; molecular ecology); Undergraduate teaching mentoring; Research in Biology

    Brisch, Ellen
    Faculty, Biology
    Biosciences Department

    Office: HA 407T
    Phone: 218.477.5940
    Email: brisch@mnstate.edu
    web.mnstate.edu/brisch
    Education history: BA Oberlin College, PhD University of Kansas Research interests in cell division, endocrine disruptors of development, and STEM education. Teaching assignments: Cell Biology, Developmental Biology, Evolutionary Developmental Biology, Biology of Women, Science of Brewing, Human Biology, Issues in Human Biology, Exploring Biology, Research in Biology

    Chastain, Chris
    Faculty, Biology
    Biosciences Department

    Office: HA 407V
    Phone: 218.477.5004
    Email: chastain@mnstate.edu
    web.mnstate.edu/chastain
    Education history: B.S. in Botany, Colorado State University; M.S. in Agronomy, University of Illinois; Ph.D. in Plant Physiology, University of Illinois; Research Interests: Molecular regulation of C4 photosynthesis; Role of C4 grasses in prairie restoration projects; Teaching Assignments: Genetics Laboratory, Plant Physiology, Molecular Biology, Molecular Biology Laboratory, Nucleic Acids and Bioinformatics;

    DuBord, Melissa
    OAS Intermediate
    Biosciences Department

    Office: HA 407M
    Phone: 218.477.2572
    Email: dubordme@mnstate.edu


    Leopold, Carrie
    Adjunct Faculty
    Biosciences Department

    Office:
    Phone: 218.477.2904
    Email: carrie.leopold@mnstate.edu
    www.inspireinnovationlab.org/the-team.html
    Teaching assignments: Exploring Biology

    Marry, Andrew
    Faculty, Biology
    Biosciences Department

    Office: HA 407B
    Phone: 218.477.2570
    Email: marryand@mnstate.edu
    web.mnstate.edu/marryand
    Educational history: B.Sc. (HONS), M.Sc. (Distinction) University of Hull, U.K., Ph.D. John Innes Center, Norwich, U.K.) Research interests: Aquaponics is the combination of aquaculture and hydroponics for food production that uses a closed system that produces a symbiotic relationship between the fish and plants. In order for increased plant growth and development to occur, many processes, such as photosynthesis, respiration, biochemical alterations, and adaptations to plants have to occur at the cellular level. The appearance of any induced change to the “basal” biology of higher plants is ultimately manifested within the plant cell wall matrix. Such modifications govern their structural characteristics that, in turn, determine their physico-chemical properties. Teaching Assignments: BIOL 104 (Human Biology), BIOL 109 and BIOL 109L (Biology Today plus lab), BIOL 305 and BIOL 305L (General Botany plus Lab)

    Merkord, Christopher(Chris)
    Faculty
    Biosciences Department

    Office: HA 407L
    Phone: 218.477.5008
    Email: christopher.merkord@mnstate.edu

    Educational history: B.S. Texas A&M University, Ph.D. University of Missouri Research interests: Avian ecology, conservation, and management; epidemiology of vector-borne diseases; ecological modeling; remote sensing applications Teaching assignments: Principles of Ecology, Quantitative Biology, Organismal Biology lab

    Nolte, Todd
    College Lab Service Specialist
    Biosciences Department

    Office: LH 120
    Phone: 218.477.2573
    Email: noltetod@mnstate.edu


    Pandey, Sumali
    Faculty
    Biosciences Department

    Office: HA 407N
    Phone: 218.477.5009
    Email: sumali.pandey@mnstate.edu

    Education history: Ph.D. North Dakota State University Research Interests: Host-Pathogen interactions, Environmental toxins, Epigenetics, Hazardous Occupational exposures Teaching Assignments: Immunobiology lecture and lab, Microbiology Lecture and Lab, Cell Culture and Immunochemistry, Introduction to Public Health, Research in Biology

    Quirino, Valquiria
    Adjunct
    Biosciences Department

    Office: HA 407
    Phone: 218.477.2572
    Email: valquiria.quirino@mnstate.edu


    Stocker, Adam
    Faculty
    Biosciences Department

    Office: HA 407R
    Phone: 218.477.2571
    Email: adam.stocker@mnstate.edu
    web.mnstate.edu/stocker/
    Education history: B.Sc. Bowling Green State University, M.Sc. Bowling Green State University, Ph.D. Northwestern University Research Interests: Mechanisms of brain development, genetic regulation of area development in mammalian brains (utilizing the mouse model system), behavioral repercussions due to alterations in brain development Teaching Assignments: Cellular and Molecular Physiology, Human Physiology, Neurobiology, Histology Techniques, Research in Biology

    Stockrahm, Donna
    Faculty, Biology
    Biosciences Department

    Office: HA 407S
    Phone: 218.477.2576
    Email: stockram@mnstate.edu
    web.mnstate.edu/stockram
    Educational history: B.Sc. Marian College, M.Sc. University of North Dakota, Ph.D. Ohio State University Research Interests: Population ecology of painted turtles and small mammals, and urban populations of Canada geese and carnivores. Teaching Assignments: Vertebrate Zoology, Wildlife Ecology, An Ecological Perspective, Minnesota Plant Identification, and Organismal Biology Labs.

    Wallace, Alison
    Faculty
    Biosciences Department

    Office: HA 407P
    Phone: 218.477.2843
    Email: wallacea@mnstate.edu
    web.mnstate.edu/wallace
    Education history: B.A. in Biology, St. Olaf College; Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolution, Stony Brook University Research Interests: science education, plant ecology, ecological restoration, sustainability Teaching Assignments: Exploring Biology, Secondary Science Methods, Evolutionary Biology, Principles of Ecology, Plant Evolution, Organismal Biology, Pacific Northwest Ecology, Learning Assistant Seminar

    Wisenden, Brian
    Faculty, Biology
    Biosciences Department

    Office: HA 407O
    Phone: 218.477.5001
    Email: wisenden@mnstate.edu
    www.mnstate.edu/wisenden
    Education history: B.Sc. University of Guelph, M.Sc. Lakehead University, Ph.D. University of Western Ontario Research Interests: Behavioral ecology of antipredator competence in fish, chemical ecology, host-parasite interactions, conservation biology Teaching Assignments: Organismal Biology lecture and lab, Principles of Animal Behavior, Conservation of Tropical Biodiversity, Quantitative Methods in Behavioral Ecology, Research in Biology

    Wisenden, Patricia
    Faculty, Biology
    Biosciences Department

    Office: HA 407Q
    Phone: 218.477.5010
    Email: wisendenp@mnstate.edu

    Education history: B.Sc. Lakehead University, M.Sc. University of Western Ontario Research Interests: Effects of endocrine disruptors on aquatic life, Educational research on the use of cadavers in the teaching of human anatomy Teaching Assignments: Human Anatomy, Human Physiology, Clinical Anatomy, Human Biology, Research in Biology

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    • Monroe Bartel, Professor of Biology Emeritus
    • Thomas Collins, Professor of Biology Emeritus
    • Phyllis Harber, Professor of Biology Emerita
    • Oscar Johnson, Professor of Biology Emeritus
    • Richard Pemble, Professor of Biology Emeritus
    • Mary Shimabukuro, Professor of Biology Emerita
    • Kenneth Skjegstad, Professor of Biology Emeritus
    • Robert Tolbert, Professor of Biology Emeritus
    • William B. Treumann, Dean of Science and Mathematics Emeritus
    • Robert Weibust, Professor of Biology Emeritus