Biology Faculty

Donna M. Becker

Professor

2013 New Science Facility
Phone: 906-227-2443
E-mail: dbecker@nmu.edu

Research Interests: Research in my lab involves the study of plant-microbe interactions. The overarching theme involves investigating the microbial ecology of plant-associated microbes and applying that knowledge to improve plant growth.

Advising: General Biology, Microbiology

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Robert Belton

Assistant Professor

2107 New Science Facility
Phone: 906-227-1582
E-mail: rbelton@nmu.edu

Research Interests: I am interested in the communication that occurs between cells during embryonic development, and the miscommunication that results in diseases such as cancer.

Advising: Physiology, Microbiology, Biology

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Dr. Brown

Patrick Brown

Professor

2001A New Science Facility
Phone: 906-227-2310
pbrown@nmu.edu

Research Interests: Waterfowl ecology, wetlands biology, landscape analysis in support of conservation.

Advising: General Biology, Wildlife Management

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John G. Bruggink

Professor

2117 New Science Facility
Phone: 906-227-2342
E-mail: jbruggin@nmu.edu

Research Interests: Wildlife ecology and management, population ecology.

Advising: Wildlife Biology, Ecology, Zoology and General Biology

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Neil Cumberlidge

Neil Cumberlidge

Professor

2009 New Science Facility
Phone: 906-227-2215
E-mail: ncumberl@nmu.edu

Research Interests: Taxonomy, phylogenetic systematics, evolution, physiology, parasitology, conservation, ecology, and biogeography of the freshwater crabs of Africa and Madagascar. Research interests also include the freshwater crabs of Asia, Australia, Europe, and Central and South America.

Advising: Pre-Optometry, Physiology, Zoology.

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Kurt Galbreath

Assistant Professor

2119 New Science Facility
Phone: 906-227-1586
E-mail:kgalbrea@nmu.edu

Research Interests: Historical biogeography of Holarctic mammals and their parasites, host-parasite co-evolution 


Advising: Pre-Vet, Parasitology, Evolutionary Biology

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Brent Graves

Brent M. Graves

Professor

2007 New Science Facility
Phone: 906-227-2218
E-mail: bgraves@nmu.edu

Research Interests: Behavioral ecology, life history evolution, herpetology

Advising: General Biology, Ecology, Zoology

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John Lawrence

John Lawrence

Assistant Professor

1625 West Science
Phone: 906-227-2377
E-mail: jolawren@nmu.edu

Research Interests: Influence of hormones and the role of the autonomic nervous system in brain tumorigenesis; palliative care and alternative medicine (e.g., environmental enrichment, neural plasticity, exercise) on the quality of life of cancer patients.

Jill Leonard

Jill B.K. Leonard

Professor

2115 New Science Facility
Phone: 906-227-1619
E-mail: jileonar@nmu.edu

Research Interests: Fish biology, physiological ecology, migration.

Advising: Fish and Fisheries Biology, Marine Biology, Ecology, Physiological Ecology

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Alec R. Lindsay

Associate Professor

2113 New Science Facility
Phone: 906-227-1834
E-mail: alindsay@nmu.edu

Research Interests: Conservation genetics, ornithology, animal behavior, evolution.

Advising: Ecology, General Biology, Zoology

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Erich Ottem

Associate Professor

2109 New Science Facility
Phone: (906) 227-1072
E-mail: eottem@nmu.edu

Research Interests: The role of neurotrophic factors and gonadal steroids in the maintenance of neuromuscular junctions and motorneuron dendritic morphology. The influence of gonadal steroids on the physiological functioning of sexually dimorphic nuclei in the endocrine hypothalamus.

Advising: Neuroscience, Neurophysiology, Neuroanatomy, General Physiology, Cell and Molecular Biology, Biotechnology

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John Rebers

John Rebers


Professor and Department Head

2011 New Science Facility
Phone: 906-227-1585
E-mail: jrebers@nmu.edu

Research Interests:The current focus of my research is the nature of protein/chitin interactions in the arthropod exoskeleton, or cuticle. I am investigating the protein domains required for cuticular proteins to bind to the polysaccharide chitin, using recombinant DNA techniques to modify the proteins and studying the binding of purified proteins in vitro.

Advising: General Biology, Cellular or Molecular Biology

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Alan Rebertus

Alan J. Rebertus

Professor
2005 New Science Facility
Phone: 906-227-2351
E-mail: arebertu@nmu.edu

Research Interests: Ecology of endangered plant flora; roles of disturbances (fire, wind) and large mammals on community and landscape dynamics.

Advising:Biology-Ecology Track, General Biology, Zoology

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Josh S. Sharp

Assistant Professor

2111 New Science Facility
Phone: 906-227-2380
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Research Interests: Gene regulation in bacteria, medical microbiology, RNA degradation, regulators of bacterial virulence gene expression, and toxin secretion systems.

Advising: Microbiology, Medically-related Professional Fields

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Roger (Mac) Strand

Professor

2121 New Science Facility
Phone: 906-227-2365
E-mail: rostrand@nmu.edu

Research Interests: Stream ecology, ecohydrology, aquatic invertebrate community ecology and bioenergetics, ecology of Lake Superior, upper peninsula stream conservation.

Advising: Invertebrate Zoology, Ecology

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Katherine C. Teeter

Associate Professor

2015 New Science Facility
Phone: 906-227-2177
E-mail: kteeter@nmu.edu

Research Interests: Population and evolutionary genetics

Advising: Biology, Zoology, Physiology

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Dr. Winn

Robert Winn

Professor & Associate Dean

2609.5 West Science
Phone: 906-227-1630
E-mail: rwinn@nmu.edu

Research Interests: Brain tumor genetics, brain tumor resistance to chemotherapy, antigen presentation and reproductive endocrinology.

Advising: Biology, Physiology, Pre-professional

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