Full-Time Faculty

Layin’ Down Grooves on the Tenure Track: the Wide World of Faculty Bands


Lee Coates, B.A., University of Montana; Ph.D., University of New Mexico School of Medicine

Catharina Coenen, undergraduate work, Universität Bremen (Germany); Ph.D., Oregon State University

Becky Dawson, B.S., Allegheny College; Ph.D., University of Maryland (Baltimore)

Lauren French, B.A., Oberlin College; Ph.D., Cornell University

Bradley Hersh, B.A., Kenyon College; Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Tricia Humphreys (chair), B.A., Thomas More College; Ph.D., Miami University

Christopher Lundberg, B.A., Westminster College; M.S., Oregon State University

Ronald Mumme, B.S., University of South Florida; Ph.D., University of California (Berkeley)

Margaret Nelson, B.A., Williams College; M.A., Ph.D., Princeton University

Milton Ostrofsky, B.A., University of Vermont; M.S., Ph.D., University of Waterloo

Yee Mon Thu, B.A., Grinnell College; Ph.D., Vanderbilt University

Matthew Venesky, B.S., Gannon University; Ph.D., University of Memphis

Lisa Whitenack, B.S., University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign; Ph.D., University of South Florida

Scott Wissinger, B.A., Susquehanna University; Ph.D., Purdue University

Full-Time Staff

Liz Caskey, lab technician

Lindy Jackson, department coordinator

John Walton, science instrumentation technician

Selected Faculty Publications and Achievements

  • “Charting a Required, Senior Capstone: Diverse Scaffolding for Transformative Experiences.” (Published in Council on Undergraduate Research Quarterly by Dr. Lee Coates)
  • “Investigation of nasal CO2 receptor mechanisms in wild-type and GC-D knockout mice.”  (Published in Chemical Senses by Dr. Lee Coates)
  • “An F-Box/WD-40 repeat-containing protein important for Dictyostelium cell-type proportioning, slug behaviour, and culmination.” (by Dr. Margaret Nelson)
  • “White tail spots and tail-flicking behavior enhance foraging performance in the Hooded Warbler.” (Published in Auk: Ornithological Advances by Dr. Ronald Mumme)
  • “Photosynthetically-mediated calcite and phosphorous precipitation by submersed aquatic vascular plants in Lake Pleasant, Pennsylvania.” (Published in Elsevier by Dr. Milton Ostrofsky) 
  • “Comparative jumping mechanics in plethodontid salamanders.” (Published in The Journal of Zoology by Dr. Lisa Whitenack)
  • “Did shell-crushing crabs trigger an esaclatory arms race in the aftermath of a Late Neogene regional mass extinction event?” (Published in Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology by Dr. Lisa Whitenack)
  • “Co-varying impacts of land use and non-native brown trout on fish communities in small streams.” (Published in Freshwater Biology by Dr. Scott Wissinger, Mark Kirk ’17, Brandon Goeller ’17 and Leslie Rieck ’17)