Assistant Professor of Practice
Human Biology and Lab (BIOL 126 & 126L), Concepts of Biology and Lab (BIOL 111 and 111L). Research interests include how teaching techniques used in the classroom affect student learning. Specifically of interest is what types of questions non-majors students ask about biological concepts and what impacts the nature of those questions.
Phone (701) 231-7224
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.
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.
Phone (701) 231-9401
Professor and Chair
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.
Phone (701) 231-6270
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.
Phone (701) 231-9461 (voice mail only)
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.
Phone (701) 231-7160
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.
Phone (701) 231-5377 (voice mail only)
Associate 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
Phone (701) 231-6561 (voice mail only)
Lecture in Human Anatomy & Physiology, Comparative Chordate Morphology, and Herpetology. Interests/education focus include ecology, animal behavior, evolution, and conservation biology.
Office Stevens 215
Understanding cross communications between cancer cells and tumor microenvironment with an emphasis on vascular and immune components. Current research is focused on identifying a mechanism to reprogram the perivascular signature to promote vascular functionality and enhance drug delivery efficacy.
Cancer Cell Biology
Phone (701) 231-6709
Office Stevens 206
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.
Office Stevens 233
Assistant Research Professor
Stress Physiology. I study how oxidative stress and damage mediate life history traits and therefore play a critical role in evolutionary biology. Current research is focused on how oxidative stress and hormesis affect short-term, long-term, and transgenerational survival, reproduction, and performance in arthropod systems.
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.
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.
Phone (701) 231-6155
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.
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.
Phone (701) 231-9427
Insect Evolutionary Genomics.
My lab addresses fundamental questions in evolutionary biology using Drosophila as a model organism. My lab integrates diverse methods to understand how gene expression evolves within a network context, how gene expression is shaped by heterogeneous environments, and how organisms evolve in response to increasingly human modified landscapes.
Office Stevens 317
Associate 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.
Program Director, Environmental and Conservation Sciences
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.
Phone (701) 231-8449 (voice mail only)
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 & Chironomids. Linking research to sustainable management and decision making.
Phone (701) 231-8991
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
Phone (701) 231-9435