Community Ecology, Mycorrhizas, Plant-Fungal Interactions
The roles of mycorrhizas in natural and managed ecosystems. Drivers and functions of community composition in the rhizosphere. Maintenance and restoration of diversity in tropical forests and temperate grasslands.
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.
|Ned A. Dochtermann|
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.
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.
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|
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.
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
|Mary Jo Kenyon|
Lecture in Human Anatomy & Physiology, Comparative Chordate Morphology, and Herpetology. Interests/education focus include ecology, animal behavior, evolution, and conservation biology.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.