Pharmacy, Natural & Health Sciences

Environmental Studies - Faculty

Suzanne Beyeler

Suzanne C. Beyeler, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Biology
Environmental Studies Program Director
Office:   Science Center 213
Phone:  (260) 982-5507
At Manchester since: 2016
Education:  Goshen College, 1995 (B.A.); Miami University, 2000 (M.A.); University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2009 (Ph.D.)
Graduate research area: Factors Affecting Songbird Richness, Density, and Nest Survival in Riparian Forests in a Midwestern Agricultural Landscape.
Courses taught: Principles of Biology, Invertebrate Zoology, Environmental Science, Introduction to Environmental Studies, Limnology, Ornithology, Ecology, GIS.
Current research interests: using ecological indicators to improve our understanding of how ecological threats degrade environmental integrity, identifying methods for incorporating spatial and temporal scalability into models of habitat connectivity and ecosystem resiliency, and evaluating how exotic invasive species influence patterns of native biodiversity.
Memberships & Affiliations: Ecological Society of America, Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences, Society for Conservation Biology, Indiana Academy of Science, National Audubon Society,  

Environmental Studies Council Members

Cassandra R. Gohn

Cassandra R. Gohn, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Biology
Office:  Science Center 214
Phone:  (260) 982-5418
At Manchester since:  2017
Education:  Saint Mary’s College, 2012 (B.S. Biology); Indiana University School of Medicine, 2017 (Ph.D. Cellular and Integrative Physiology)
Graduate research area:  Mesenchyme Homeobox 2 regulation of fetal endothelial progenitor cell function.
Courses taught:  Human Biology: Stages of Life, Fundamentals of Human Physiology, Introduction to Molecular Biology.
Current research interests:  Chronic morbidities resulting from exposure to a diabetic intrauterine environment, teratogenesis of oral diabetic medications, maternal-fetal translational research.

Memberships & Affiliations:  American Physiological Society, Indiana Physiological Society, Women and Hi Tech, Kappa Gamma Pi National Catholic College Graduate Honor Society, Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society, Beta Beta Beta National Biological Honor Society.

Kristen Short

Kristen H. Short, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Biology
Office:  Science Center 216
Phone:  (260) 982-5183
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