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Donna M. Becker

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

Robert Belton

Associate 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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John G. Bruggink

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

Kurt Galbreath

Associate 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: Zoology, Parasitology, Evolutionary Biology

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Brandon Gerig

Brandon Gerig

Assistant Professor

2003 New Science Facility

Phone: 906-227-2302

E-mail: bgerig@nmu.edu

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

Advising: Fisheries and Wildlife Management, Ecology


Brent Graves

Brent 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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Jennifer Jezylo

Jennifer Jezylo

Assistant Professor

E-mail: jemyers@nmu.edu

Teaching and Advising: Human anatomy and physiology, pre-veterinary medicine


Sarah Keesom

Sarah Keesom

Assistant Professor

1133 New Sciences Facility

Phone: 906-227-2335

E-mail: skeesom@nmu.edu

Courses taught: Animal Physiology, Human Anatomy & Physiology


Diana Lafferty

Assistant Professor

2011 New Sciences Facility

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 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

Alec R. Lindsay

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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Jaime Mancilla

Jaime Mancilla

Visiting Assistant Professor

2809 West Science

Phone: 906-227-2246

E-mail: jmancill@nmu.edu

Research Interests: Connectivity of neurons in the somatosensory cortex and brainstem.

Teaching: Neuroscience, neuroanatomy endocrinology, physiology


Erich Ottem

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

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

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

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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