Academics at Fort Lewis College

Faculty profiles

Dr. David Blake
Co-Chair and Associate Professor of Biology

Expertise

  • Microbiology
  • Immunology 
  • Pulmonary toxicology 
  • Cellular and molecular biology

Education

  • Ph.D., Integrated Microbiology and Biochemistry, University of Montana, 2007
  • Master of Science, Biochemistry, University of Montana, 2005
  • Bachelor of Arts, Biology, University of Pennsylvania

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Dr. Shere Byrd
Professor of Biology

Interests

  • Cellular and molecular biology
  • Type 2 diabetes 

Education

  • Ph.D., Applied Physiology, University of Oregon, 1987
  • Master of Science, Applied Physiology, University of Oregon, 1983
  • Bachelor of Arts, Biology, Western State College, 1980

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Dr. Aurea Cortés-Palomec
Lecturer of Biology

Expertise

  • Plant Population Genetics
  • Conservation Biology
  • Plant Reproductive Biology

Education

  • Ph.D., Plant Biology, Ohio University, 2005
  • M.Sc., Plant Biology, Ohio University, 2001
  • B.Sc., Biología, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, 1998

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Dr. Cynthia Dott
Co-Chair and Associate Professor of Biology

Expertise 

  • Ecology and dynamics of river systems
  • Riparian/floodplain forest habitat
  • Riparian vegetation response to changing hydrology, geomorphology and disturbance regimes
  • Links between vegetation and disturbance history
  • Aquatic ecology
  • Scientific teaching and cooperative learning methodology in the classroom

Education 

  • Ph.D., Ecology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1996 
  • Master of Science, Ecology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1990 
  • Bachelor of Arts, Biology, The Colorado College, 1985 

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Dr. Steven Fenster
Associate Professor of Biology

Interests

  • Molecular neurobiology
  • Neural cell biology
  • Molecular genetics

Education

  • Ph.D., Cell Biology, University of Alabama-Birmingham, 2000
  • Bachelor of Arts, Biology, University of California-San Diego, 1991

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Dr. Cathleen Hartney
Senior Lecturer of Biology

Expertise

  • Veterinary medicine
  • Animal anatomy
  • Human anatomy
  • Physiology
  • Disease
  • Writing

Education

  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Colorado State University, 1988
  • Bachelor of Arts, Albion College, 1980

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Dr. Julie Korb
Professor of Biology

Expertise

  • Fire ecology
  • Post-wildfire ecology
  • Forest ecology
  • Forest restoration
  • Restoration ecology
  • Plant community ecology
  • Climate change impacts
  • Phenology

Education

  • Ph.D., Forest Science, Northern Arizona University, 2001
  • Master of Science, Field Studies, University of Colorado at Boulder, 1997
  • Bachelor of Arts, Physical Geography, University of Colorado at Boulder, 1994

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Dr. Caroline Kulesza
Assistant Professor of Biology

Interests

  • Microbiology
  • Cellular and Molecular Biology
  • Epigenetics
  • Infectious Disease

Education

  • Ph.D, Microbiology, University of Virginia, 2001
  • B.S, Biochemistry, Penn State University, 1992

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Dr. Erin Lehmer
Associate Professor of Biology

Expertise

  • Wildlife
  • Physiological ecology
  • Disease ecology
  • Infectious disease
  • Ecological immunology
  • Mammalogy

Education

  • Ph.D., Zoology, Colorado State University, 2004
  • M.S., Zoology, Colorado State University, 2000
  • B.S., Biology, Fort Lewis College, 1997

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Dr. Jennifer Lowell
Associate Professor of Biology and Public Health

Expertise

  • Biology
  • Public Health

Education

  • Ph.D., Colorado State University, Fort Collins, 2007
  • M.S., Colorado State University, Fort Collins, 2000
  • B.S., The University of Arizona, 1995

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Dr. Ross McCauley
Associate Professor of Biology

Expertise

  • Plant systematics and taxonomy
  • Phylogeography
  • Evolutionary/Molecular Ecology
  • Endangered species conservation
  • Herbarium management and curation

Education

  • Ph.D., Botany, Ohio University, 2002
  • Master of Science, Botany, Ohio University, 1999
  • Bachelor of Science, Biology and Biophysical Environmental Studies, Northland College, 1995

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Dr. Joseph Ortega
Professor of Biology

Interests

  • Ecology and behavior of birds and mammals
  • Avian reproductive success according to habitat and different grazing intensities
  • The initial effects of the 2002 Missionary Ridge Fire on avian populations

Education

  • Ph.D., University of Colorado, 1988
  • B.A., University of California, Los Angeles, 1980

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Dr. Ryan Schwarz
Assistant Professor of Biology

Expertise

  • Symbiont communities of bees
  • Trypanosomatid parasites of insects
  • Phylogenetics and genomics
  • Honey bee biology and health
  • Invertebrate immune systems

Education

  • Ph.D., Biology, University of New Mexico, 2007
  • B.S., Renewable Natural Resources, University of Arizona, 1995

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Dr. Heidi Steltzer
Associate Professor of Biology

Expertise:

  • Environmental Science
  • Science and Society
  • Climate Change Impacts
  • Ecosystem Ecology
  • Environmental Health
  • Phenology

Education:

  • Ph.D., Ecosystem Ecology, University of Colorado, 1999
  • B.S., Biology, Duke University, 1993

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