Pharmacy, Natural & Health Sciences

Biology-Chemistry - Faculty


Gregory W. Clark

Gregory W. Clark, Ph.D.

Professor of Physics
Coordinator of the Engineering Science Program 
Office:  Science Center 112
Phone:  (260) 982-5071
Email:  gwclark@manchester.edu
Course pages 
At Manchester since:  1992
Education:  Indiana University, South Bend, 1985 (B.A. Physics, minors in Mathematics and French); Indiana University, Bloomington, 1987 (M.S. Physics); Indiana University, Bloomington, 1992 (Ph.D. Physics, minor in Inorganic Chemistry)
Graduate Research Area:  Surface physics, UHV, STM, HREELS, AUGER, LEED, thin films
Courses Taught:  General Physics I & II, Analytical Mechanics, Electricity and Magnetism, Fields and Waves, Materials Physics, Electronics, Physical Geology, Making of the Modern Mind, Physical Science
Current Research Interests:  Surface physics, AFM, EFM-phase, nanowires
Memberships & Affiliations:  AAPT, SPS, Sigma Pi Sigma, Fulbright Alum, Audubon Society, ACRES Land Trust

Aron Costello

Aron K. Costello-Harris, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Biology
Office:  Science Center 215
Phone:  (260) 982-5308
Email:  akcostelloharris@manchester.edu
At Manchester since:  Fall 2010
Education:  Indiana University of Pennsylvania, 2002 (B.S.); Indiana University of Pennsylvania, 2005 (M.S.); Miami University, Oxford, OH, 2010 (Ph.D. Zoology)
Graduate research area: Female characteristics that influence male mate preference in house mice (Mus musculus).
Courses taught: Principles of Biology II, Fundamentals of Human Physiology, Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy, and Vertebrate Physiology.
Current research interests: influence of physical quality on mate choice by males and females, altruism and kin selection theory, dominance rank/social status, predator detection and avoidance, maternal behavior, and behavioral trade-offs.


Kathryn Davis

Kathryn L. Davis, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Chemistry
Office:  Science Center 311
Phone:  (260) 982-5575
Email:  kldavis@manchester.edu
At Manchester since:  2010
Education:  Hope College, 2005 (B.S. Chemistry, B.A. German); University of Pittsburgh, 2010 (Ph.D.)
Graduate Research Area:  Charge transfer in biomolecules.
Courses Taught:  Physical Chemistry and General Chemistry
Current Research Interests:  Photoluminescent and electrochemical properties of carbon nanodots made from soy milk.
Memberships & Affiliations:  Faculty Advisor to the American Chemical Society student organization and member of the Manchester Symphony Orchestra.
David Hicks

David J. Hicks, Ph.D. 

Associate Professor of Biology
Office:  Science Center 212
Phone:  (260) 982-5309
Email:  djhicks@manchester.edu
At Manchester since:  1986
Education:  Colgate University, 1974 (B.A.); Cornell University, 1978 (M.S.); Cornell University, 1982 (Ph.D.)
Graduate Research Area:  Plant ecology
Courses Taught:  Non-majors Biology courses, Ecology, Botany (Ethnobotany, Plant Taxonomy and Plant Physiology), and Genetics.
Current Research Interests:  Structure and function of temperate forest plant communities.
Memberships & Affiliations:  Botanical Society of America, Southern Appalachian Botanical Society


Jeff Osborne

Jeffrey P. Osborne, Ph.D.

Professor of Chemistry
Program Director of Biology-Chemistry
Program Director of Global Health
Office:  Science Center 313
Phone:  (260) 982-5075
Email:  jposborne@manchester.edu
Personal web page
At Manchester since:  2004
Education:  Goshen College, 1992 (B.A); University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1999 (Ph.D.); University of Minnesota (postdoctoral)
Graduate Research Area:  Structure and function of integral membrane proteins.  Biodegradation of pollutants.
Courses Taught:  Biochemistry, General Chemistry, Environmental Chemistry, Medical Practicum to Nicaragua (January Session)
Current Research Interests:  Enzymes that degrade environmental pollutants.


Kristen Short

Kristen H. Short, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Biology
Office:  Science Center 216
Phone:  (260) 982-5183
Email:  khshort@manchester.edu
At Manchester since:  2011
Education:  Miami University, 2004 (B.S.); University of Cincinnati, 2010 (M.S.); University of Cincinnati, 2010 (Ph.D.)
Graduate research area: Population genetics of invasive geckos (Hemidactylus mabouia) during range expansion in Florida.
Courses taught: Principles of Biology, Introduction to Molecular Biology, DNA Science and General Biology.
Current research interests: landscape genetics, nonequilibrium genetic patterns, molecular ecology, dynamics of range expansion, urban ecology, invasive species behavior.
Memberships & Affiliations:  Indiana Academy of Science