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Christina Anaya

Christina Anaya

Visiting Assistant Professor

West Science 

Phone: 906-227-1859

Email: canaya@nmu.edu

Teaching: Comparative Anatomy, Parasitology, Vertebrate Zoology
 

Donna M. Becker

Donna M. Becker

Professor

2013 Weston Hall

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: Botany, General Biology, Microbiology

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Robert Belton

Robert Belton

Associate Professor

2107 Weston Hall

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, Pre-Physical Therapy, General Biology

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John G. Bruggink

John G. Bruggink

Professor

2117 Weston Hall

Phone: 906-227-2342

E-mail: jbruggin@nmu.edu

Research Interests: Wildlife ecology and management, population ecology.

Advising: Wildlife Biology, Ecology, Mammalogy & General Biology

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Heng-Hsuan Chu

Assistant Professor

2112 Weston Hall

Phone: 906-227-2343

Email: hchu@nmu.edu

Research Interests: Plant nutrition & abiotic stress, including the effects of mineral deficiencies and toxic metals upon plants.

Teaching: Introductory Biology, Plant Kingdom, Plant Physiology

Giuseppe Cortese

Giuseppe Cortese

Assistant Professor

2007 Weston Hall

Phone: 906-227-2218

Email: gcortese@nmu.edu

Research InterestsIn vitro and in vivo model systems of psychiatric and neurodegenerative disorders to study genetic and environmental links associated with neurodevelopmental and neurobiological abnormalities underlying pathophysiology, as well as neuroinflammatory contributions to these diseases.

Teaching: Human Anatomy & Physiology; courses in the Cellular and Molecular Track of the Neuroscience major

Neil Cumberlidge

Neil Cumberlidge

Professor

2009 Weston Hall

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: Ecology, Physiology, Zoology.

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Kurt Galbreath

Associate Professor

2119 Weston Hall

Phone: 906-227-1586

E-mail: kgalbrea@nmu.edu

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

Advising: Zoology, Parasitology, Evolutionary Biology, Pre-Vet

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Brandon Gerig

Brandon Gerig

Assistant Professor

2003 Weston Hall

Phone: 906-227-2302

E-mail: bgerig@nmu.edu

Research Interests: Applied fisheries ecology; dynamics of fish communities and populations.

Advising: Fisheries & Wildlife Management, Ecology

Brent Graves

Brent Graves

Professor

402 Cohodas Hall

Phone: 906-227-1812

E-mail: bgraves@nmu.edu

Research Interests: Behavioral ecology, life history evolution, herpetology

Advising: General Biology, Ecology, Zoology

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Jennifer Jezylo

Jennifer Jezylo

Assistant Professor

2804 West Science

Phone: 906 227-2206

E-mail: jemyers@nmu.edu

Teaching: Human Anatomy & Physiology, Medical Microbiology

Advising:  Pre-Veterinarian Medicine, Zoology

Diana Lafferty

Diana Lafferty

Assistant Professor

2011 Weston Hall

Phone: 906-227-2227

E-mail: dlaffert@nmu.edu

Research Interests: Wildlife responses to global environmental change, large landscape conservation, human-wildlife conflict mitigation.

Advising: Fisheries and Wildlife Management, Ecology

Jill Leonard

Jill B. K. Leonard

Professor

2115 Weston Hall

Phone: 906-227-1619

E-mail: jileonar@nmu.edu

Research Interests: Fish biology, physiological ecology, migration.

Advising: Fisheries & Wildlife Management, Marine Biology, Physiological Ecology

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Alec R. Lindsay

Alec R. Lindsay

Professor

2113 Weston Hall

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

Erich Ottem

Associate Professor

2109 Weston Hall

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, Physiology, Cell and Molecular Biology.

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Lauren Prister

Lauren Prister

Visiting Assistant Professor

West Science 

Phone: 906-227-1856

Email: lprister@nmu.edu

Teaching: Immunology, Medical Microbiology, Vertebrate Zoology

John Rebers

John Rebers

Professor and Department Head

2001a Weston Hall

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, Physiology.

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Alan Rebertus

Alan J. Rebertus

Professor

2005 Weston Hall

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: Ecology, General Biology, Botany

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Josh S. Sharp

Associate Professor

2111 Weston Hall

Phone: 906-227-2380

Email: jsharp@nmu.edu

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, General Biology

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Roger (Mac) Strand

Roger (Mac) Strand

Professor

2121 Weston Hall

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, General Biology.

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Katherine C. Teeter

Katherine C. Teeter

Associate Professor

2015 Weston Hall

Phone: 906-227-2177

E-mail: kteeter@nmu.edu

Research Interests: Population and evolutionary genetics

Advising: Biology, Zoology, Genetics

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