Our biology faculty have diverse research interests from neuropharmacology and degenerative diseases of the brain to the evolution and ecology of plant-animal interactions to species diversity in tropical rain forests and tallgrass prairies to ecology and conservation of threatened and endangered species to prairie restoration. 


Faculty & Staff

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    Barbara Christie-Pope

    Professor of Biology

    Teaches courses in biology, including Neurobiology, Immunology, and Human Anatomy and Physiology. She has research interests in neuropharmacology and degenerative diseases of the brain, and recent studies with students and University of Iowa researchers are examining zebrafish for a potential link between pigment producing melanocytes in the skin and dopaminergic neurons in the brain. Ph.D., pharmacology, University of South Alabama.

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    Marty Condon

    Professor of Biology

    Teaches courses in biology, including Evolution, Plant Morphology, and Plant Systematics. She collaborates with researchers in various institutions and countries to study the evolution and ecology of plant-animal interactions. She also uses molecular biology and field biology to study species diversity in tropical rain forests and tallgrass prairies. Ph.D., University of Texas.

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    Tammy Mildenstein

    Assistant Professor of Biology

    Teaches courses in biology, including Ecology, Environmental Biology, Conservation Biology, and Organismal Biology. She studies threatened flying foxes in Southeast Asia and Oceania. Most recently, she has taken students to Myanmar to study flying fox conservation. Her local research with students focuses on monarch butterfly conservation and involves prairie restoration projects. Ph.D., wildlife biology, University of Montana, Missoula.

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    Brian Nowak-Thompson

    Associate Professor of Biology and Chemistry

    Teaches courses in biology and chemistry, including Chemical Ecology, Cellular Biology, and Biochemistry. Students in his lab study the production of bacterial metabolites that inhibit plant pathogens. The bacteria producing these metabolites are sometimes used in place of agricultural pesticides to manage plant disease. Ph.D., biochemistry and biophysics, Oregon State University.

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    Craig Tepper

    Professor of Biology

    Teaches courses in biology, including Cell and Molecular Biology, Genetics, and Developmental Biology. His research with students focuses on molecular genetics and marine symbionts, and includes collaborations on coral bleaching and the loss of reef habitat in the Caribbean. Ph.D., molecular plant pathology, Utah State University.

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    Catherine Volle

    Assistant Professor of Biochemistry

    Teaches introductory and advanced courses in biology and chemistry with an emphasis in biochemistry. She and her students use chemical techniques to investigate biological problems. They investigate new and exciting ways to kill bacteria and how viral proteins can disrupt non-canonical DNA structures. Ph.D., molecular and cellular biology and biochemistry, Brown University.

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    Diane Gingerich Feil

    Laboratory Instructor of Biology & Chemistry

     403 Russell Science Center
  • Photo of Shea-Lynn Putz

    Shea-Lynn Putz

    Laboratory Instructor of Biology

     203 Russell Science Center
  • Photo of Rebecca Richtsmeier

    Rebecca Richtsmeier

    Laboratory Instructor of Biology

     305 Russell Science Center
  • Photo of Jana Klein

    Jana Klein

    Chemical Stockroom Assistant

     416 Russell Science Center

Emeriti Faculty

  • Jeff Cardon

    Professor of Biology and Chemistry Emeritus

    B.S., University of Utah; Ph.D., University of California