Faculty & Staff

Amy Wolf

Amy Wolf

Biology Chair/Professor
Natural & Applied Sciences (Biology)
LS 466

Research Interests

My work has focused on the ecology of plant-animal interactions, including studies of host specific insects (northern blue butterfly), rare plants (serpentine morning glory), and Wisconsin bees. I also am co-leader of the Wabikon Forest Dynamics Plot, part of a global network of intensive, long term forest research sites initiated by the Smithsonian... Read more »

Mathew Dornbush

Mathew Dornbush

Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Director of Graduate Studies
CL 835I

Research Interests

My primary research interest relates to the use of native plant restorations to improve ecosystem services, focusing principally upon their influence on soil organisms and processes.

Education

Ph.D. 2005 Iowa State University, Ames, IA; M.S. 2001 Iowa State University, Ames, IA; B.A. 1998 Augustana College, Rock Island, IL

Michael Draney

Michael Draney

Natural & Applied Sciences Chair/Professor
Natural & Applied Sciences (Biology)
LS 461

Research Interests

I am interested in conservation applications of terrestrial arthropod assemblages, especially spiders, and have a particular interest in the ecology and taxonomy of sheet web spiders (family Linyphiidae).

Education

Ph.D., Entomology, 1997, University of Georgia, Athens, GA; Certificate in Environmental Ethics, 1995, University of Georgia,... Read more »

Patrick Forsythe

Patrick Forsythe

Associate Professor/Chair Environmental Science & Policy
Natural & Applied Sciences
LS 451

Research Interests

My research interests are generally in the fields of population ecology and conservation biology focusing on aquatic ecosystems in the Great Lakes region. I tend to focus on questions that seek to understand the behavioral and ecological mechanisms that contribute to variation in the annual abundance of fish populations including lake sturgeon and yellow... Read more »

Lisa Grubisha

Lisa Grubisha

Assistant Professor
Natural & Applied Sciences (Biology)
LS 445

Research Interests

Fungal ecology and evolution, Microbial diversity and function, Conservation Biology, Population Genetics, Phylogenetics

Education

PhD., University of California Berkeley; M.S., Oregon State University; B.S., University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Robert Howe

Robert Howe

Professor; Director of Cofrin Center for Biodiversity
Cofrin Center for BioDiversity
MAC 212F

Research Interests

Although much of my early work involved bird population ecology, I have published recent articles on Great Lakes coastal wetlands, environmental indicators, landscape ecology, and forest dynamics; my students have investigated a wide diversity of organisms ranging from soil invertebrates to mammals. As Director of the Cofrin Center for Biodiversity, I am... Read more »

Carly Kibbe

Carly Kibbe

Assistant Professor
Human Biology
LS 405

James Marker

James Marker

Human Biology Chair, Associate Professor
Human Biology
LS 449

Research Interests

My primary research interest relates to the role of hormones in the cardiovascular and metabolic response to exercise. I’ve studied the role of adrenaline etc. in regulating blood glucose during exercise.

Other Interests

Sports (tennis and triathlons); Travel, Camping/canoeing, Music Theater, Perform in a Folk... Read more »

Daniel Meinhardt

Daniel Meinhardt

Associate Professor
Natural & Applied Sciences
LS 454

Research Interests

I am interested in the development and evolution of the vertebrate skeleton, the philosophy of science, and the relationship between art and science.

Education

Ph.D. 2002 The University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS; B.S. 1992 Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville

Brian Merkel

Brian Merkel

Associate Professor
Human Biology
LS 409

Advising

Human Biology (Health Science & General), Biology (Cell, Immunology, Microbiology), Pre-Medicine, Pre-Dental, Pre-Veterinary.

Research Interests

My work has focused on the effects of environmental toxicants on immune function. I have had graduate students and undergraduate students explore these effects in cell, animal and human models. The... Read more »

Paul Mueller

Paul Mueller

Assistant Professor
Human Biology
LS 452

Research Interests

I am interested in elucidating the regulatory pathways that control eukaryotic cell proliferation, particularly in relation to embryogenesis and development. Current projects include: 1) understanding why and how the cells of the paraxial mesoderm stop dividing during convergent extension and somitogenesis, 2) the development of an in vivo system to search for G2... Read more »

Uwe Pott

Uwe Pott

Associate Professor
Human Biology
LS 453

Research Interests

My primary research interest focuses on the use of dietary phytochemicals as a means to suppress breast cancer cell proliferation.

Education

Ph.D. University of Zurich

Donna Ritch

Donna Ritch

Associate Dean
Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
TH 335

Fields of Interest: Human disease and society; history of anatomy and medicine

Responsibilities:

  • General Education Program
  • Curriculum and course scheduling
  • Individual Major
  • Resolution of student complaints brought to Dean's Office
  • Academic Excellence Symposium
  • Student Honors... Read more »

Karen Stahlheber

Karen Stahlheber

Assistant Professor
Natural & Applied Sciences (Biology)
LS 433

Website

http://www.karenstahlheber.com/

Research Interests

I am a plant community ecologist interested in the connections among species diversity, ecosystem processes and human management. My past and current projects span natural and agricultural landscapes, with a focus on savannas and grasslands. Presently my... Read more »

Mark Damie

Mark Damie

Laboratory Mgr I
Human Biology
LS 204F

Joseph Schoenebeck

Joseph Schoenebeck

Laboratory Mgr I
Natural & Applied Sciences
LS 204A

Janet Ludke

Janet Ludke

Academic Department Associate
Natural & Applied Science/Human Biology
LS 455