Biology Department

Our Faculty & Staff

Office Manager

Barb Rosten, Office ManagerBarb Rosten, Office Manager
Berndt Hall, Rm 441
(970) 247-7446

Cellular & Molecular Biology Faculty

Dr. David Blake, Assistant ProfessorDr. David Blake, Associate Professor
Berndt Hall, Rm 481
(970) 247-7570

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Interests include toxicology and immunology - specifically the cellular and molecular events in alveolar macrophages and epithelial cells that initiate immunological responses to xenobiotics.

Dr. Shere Byrd, ProfessorDr. Shere Byrd, Professor
Berndt Hall, Rm 2451

Education: B.S. Biology, 1980, Western State College
Ph.D.  Applied Physiology, 1987, University of Oregon
Interests include cell and molecular physiology, and specifically with the role of signal transduction scaffolding in cellular differentiation, pre-health advising.

Dr. John Condie, Associate Professor

Dr. John Condie, Associate Professor
Berndt Hall, Rm 2481

Education: B.S., Northeast Missouri State University, 1974
Ph.D., University of Minnesota, 1984
Interests include genetics and cell biology, especially the regulation of gene expression, history and philosophy of science.

Dr. Steven Fenster, Assistant Professor

Dr. Steven Fenster, Associate Professor
Berndt Hall, Rm 2433

Education: B.S., University of California-San Diego, 1991
Ph.D., University of Alabama-Birmingham, 2000
Interests - Molecular Neurobiology including synaptic physiology and structure, parallels between the immune and nervous system, and alternative splicing of neural specific genes. Other interests include genetics of tomatoes.

Caroline Kulezsa

Environmental & Organismic Biology Faculty

Dr. Cynthia Dott, Associate ProfessorDr. Cynthia Dott, Associate Professor
Berndt Hall, Rm 2445
(970) 247-7322

Education: B.S., 1985, Colorado College, Colorado Springs
M.S., 1990, University of Wisconsin, Madison
Ph.D., 1996, University of Wisconsin, Madison
Interests Interests include plant ecology, with special focus on riparian (stream) vegetation and disturbance.

Dr. Cathy Hartney, Visiting Instructor

Dr. Cathy Hartney, Visiting Instructor
Berndt Hall, Rm 2435

Education: B.A., 1980, Albion College, Michigan
D.V.M. 1988, Colorado State University
Interests: A practicing veterinarian, interests include animal and human anatomy, physiology, and disease and pedagogy in the sciences.

Dr. Julie Korb, Associate Professor

Dr. Julie Korb, Professor
Berndt Hall, Rm 2443

Interests include forest restoration ecology, fire ecology, and plant community control.

Dr.Erin Lehmer, Assistant Professor

Dr.Erin Lehmer, Associate Professor
Berndt Hall, Rm 2441

Interests include physiological ecology with emphasis on wildlife disease and hibernation/over-winter physiology.

Dr. Ross McCauley, Assistant Professor

Dr. Ross McCauley, Associate Professor
Berndt Hall, Rm 447
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Education: B.S., 1995, Northland College, Ashland, WI
M.S., 1999, Ohio University, Athens, OH
Ph.D., 2002, Ohio University, Athens, OH

Interests include vascular plant systematics, particularly in understanding phylogenetic and phylogeographic patterns in plant evolution. Also interested in plant population biology, conservation genetics, and floristics.

Dr.Joseph Ortega, Chair/Professor

Dr. Joseph Ortega, Professor
Berndt Hall, Rm 2463

Education: B.A., University of California, Los Angeles, 1980
Ph.D., University of Colorado, Boulder, 1988
Interests include ecology and behavior of birds and mammals, avian reproductive success according to habitat and different grazing intensities, and the initial effects of the 2002 Missionary Ridge Fire on avian populations.

Dr. Heidi Steltzer, Assistant Professor

Dr. Heidi Steltzer, Associate Professor
Berndt Hall, Rm 2461

Education: B.S., Duke University, 1993
Ph.D., University of Colorado, 1999
Interests include the effects of climate change on Arctic and alpine ecosystems, especially the function of these ecosystems as plant life histories and species composition change.  Areas of interest include ecosystem ecology, global change biology and global environmental health.

In Memoriam

Dr. Ginny Hutchins
Dr. James Erickson
Dr. John Dever

Emeriti Faculty

Dr. Deborah Kendall
Dr. Page Lindsey
Dr. Thomas Sluss
Dr. Preston Somers
Dr. David Jamieson
Dr. Al Spencer