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Julia Bowsher
Assistant Professor
Evolutionary and Developmental Biology
The evolution and development of insect morphology with a focus on novel structures. Evolvability and co-option of gene networks. Developmental basis of parallel evolution.

Malcolm Butler
Aquatic Ecology and Invertebrate Biology
Community and ecosystem ecology of lakes and wetlands, with emphasis on alternation between turbid and clear-water states. Biological assessment of water quality. Ecology, biogeography, and systematics of Chironomus (Diptera:Chironomidae).

Gary Clambey
Associate Professor
Ecology and Biogeography
Natural vegetation of the Upper Midwest.  Historical analysis of ecosystems and human activities in the Dakota-Minnesota region, especially the southern Red River Basin, and associated considerations for contemporary ecological issues.

Mark Clark
Associate Professor
Population Dynamics, Quantitative Ecology and Fish Ecology.
Compensatory effects of individual physiology and behavior on population change. Interactions among life history, environmental fluctuation and landscape alteration on population growth in a wide range of taxa.

Tami Dahl
Lecturer of Concepts of Biology (Biol 111), Human Biology (Biol 126), and Human Anatomy & Physiology I (Biol 220). Lab Coordinator for Concepts of Biology labs, Human Biology labs, Environmental Science labs, and Human Anatomy & Physiology I and II labs (Biol 220L and 221L).
Ned A. Dochtermann
Assistant Professor
Behavioral and evolutionary ecology. 
Ecological and evolutionary maintenance and consequences of phenotypic variation, in particular behavioral variation and behavioral correlations. Research examines, for example, how variation impacts evolutionary outcomes available to populations and how variation influences population dynamics.

Ted Esslinger

Erin Gillam
Assistant Professor
Behavioral ecology of mammals, with a focus on bats. 
Understanding how ecological, evolutionary, and behavioral factors influence the structure of acoustic communication signals.  Behavioral context and function of social calls in a variety of species.  Ecology of bats and other mammals in the Great Plains.
Kendra Greenlee
Associate Professor
Insect Physiology and Immunology.
Research interests include body size variation and respiratory system physiology in insects, with an emphasis on the effects of hypoxia on respiratory functions and molting. I am also interested in insect immunity and the response to bacterial and parasite infections.
Timothy Greives
Assistant Professor
Physiological ecology, seasonality, biological rhythms. Physiological and evolutionary mechanisms regulating life-history transitions in seasonal environments. Trade-offs between physiological systems, particularly between energetic investment into reproduction and immune function (as a proxy for survival).  Identification of selective forces acting to favor precise timing mechanisms, fitness value of functional endogenous clocks. 
James W. Grier
Emeritus Professor
Animal Population Dynamics and Ecology, Animal Behavior, Evolutionary Biology, and Systematics.
Research emphasis on eagles and other birds of prey with additional interests in many groups of animals including amphibians and reptiles, aquatic invertebrates, and fossil groups, particularly ammonites.  Also interested in science education, learning, and curriculum development.

Jill Hamilton
Assistant Professor
Plant Evolutionary Genomics: Understanding how genomic and environmental variation interact to influence traits important to climate adaptation. I combine genomic tools with traditional quantitative genetics and field experiments to inform genetic conservation and management strategies in natural and managed plant populations. 

Britt Heidinger
Assistant Professor
Physiological ecology. Physiological mechanisms underlying life-history strategies, with an emphasis on understanding the hormonal and cellular mechanisms of aging in birds. Current research is focused on examining how variation in stress responsiveness and exposure to stressors influences telomere dynamics.



Angela Hodgson
Assistant Professor of Practice
Coordinator of General Biology Labs (BIOL 150L and BIOL 151L); Research Interests - Wildlife Ecology; Influence of trophic feedbacks among herbivores, plant communities and soil nutrients on plant and animal population dynamics and spatial pattern formation.  Affect of human disturbance on animal populations.  Conservation Biology
Donna Jacob
Research Assistant Professor
Plant-soil-water interactions, biogeochemistry, rhizosphere effect, ecological restoration, remediation of polluted soils, phytostabilization, elemental cycling, and trophic transfer. 

Mary Jo Kenyon
Senior Lecturer
Lecture in Human Anatomy & Physiology, Comparative Chordate Morphology, and Herpetology. Interests/education focus include ecology, animal behavior, evolution, and conservation biology. 

Page Klug
Research Wildlife Biologist and Project Leader North Dakota Field Station
USDA-APHIS-Wildlife Services National Wildlife Research Center
Wildlife Damage Management – Birds and Agriculture.  Methods development and population biology of blackbirds and starlings in conflict with agriculture, concentrated animal feeding operations, and urban environments. My main focus is managing the conflict between sunflower producers and birds with methods including frightening devices, wildlife repellents, wetland management, and decoy crops. Optimization of methods takes into account blackbird biology and the influence of landscape at multiple biological levels and geographic scales.  

Jennifer Momsen
Assistant Professor
Science education.
Effective pedagogy for and challenges to undergraduate learning of complex biological systems; infusing introductory biology curriculum with quantitative biology; barriers and effective approaches to instructional change in undergraduate biology.
Lisa Montplaisir
Associate Professor
Science education, especially in post-secondary science classrooms.  Research focus is on student learning and understanding in undergraduate science classrooms.  Other interests are knowledge retention and curriculum development at the undergraduate level and teacher retention/recruitment and curriculum development at the secondary level.
Keith Murphy
Hereditary diseases of the domestic dog.
Focus is on transmission genetics, molecular genetics, and identification of disease-causing genes; diseases under study include hereditary nephropathy and Legg-Calve-Perthes disease
Erika Offerdahl
Associate Professor
Biochemistry and Biology Education Research
Research focuses broadly on the mechanisms by which scientific expertise is developed in students, with particular interest in (1) student reasoning (e.g. heuristics, analytical) at interdisciplinary crossroads, (2) undergraduates' visualization skills in the molecular life sciences, and (3) the role of assessment in supporting the development of scientific expertise.
Marinus Otte
Wetland ecology, biogeochemistry, ecophysiology and ecotoxicology.
Responses of wetland plants to changes in their environment. 'Extreme' wetlands. Elemental uptake by wetland plants associated with hot springs. Metal tolerance in wetland plants. Natural and constructed wetlands for improvement of water quality. Wetlands for phytoremediation and phytostabilization of mine wastes.
Wendy Reed
Professor and Head
Physiological and evolutionary ecology.
Effects of maternal physiological state on allocation of resources to young, and how these investments affect offspring growth, survival, and behavior. Research approach spans levels of organization, from physiological mechanisms to population processes.
Katie Reindl
Assistant Professor
Cell cycle regulation and cell motility in cancer.
Changes in gene and protein expression as cancer becomes more aggressive, and the molecular mechanisms driving the changes. Identification of pharmacological targets
for cancer treatment.
Matthew Smith
Assistant Professor of Practice
Developmental Biology (ZOO 482/982), Conservation Biology (ZOO 475/675), General Biology Labs (150L&151L) Research Interests - patterns of phenotypic variation in natural populations, how such patterns can be used to infer the evolutionary history of the organisms, and inform management decisions based on this knowledge; understanding adaptations that permit organisms to subsist within a constantly changing environment.

Craig Stockwell
Evolutionary Ecology of Native and Rare Fishes.
Contemporary evolution of fish populations in response to novel environments.  Establishment of new populations and the implications for host-parasite associations.  Conservation biology, human-wildlife interactions.


Jon Sweetman
Assistant Professor
Aquatic Ecology and Environmental Change:  Understanding the impacts of disturbances to freshwater communities and ecosystems from the cumulative effects of natural and human impacts. Paleolimnology of lakes and wetlands with a focus on aquatic invertebrates, especially Cladocerans.  Linking research to sustainable management and decision making. 

Steve Travers
Associate Professor
Plant Evolutionary Ecology.
My research focuses on understanding the ecology and evolution of natural plant populations. In particular I am interested in the evolution of plant reproductive traits, the role of local adaptation and the ecological genomics and population genetics of plant responses to environmental change. 



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Last Updated: Tuesday, March 15, 2016 7:56:07 PM