Pharmacy, Natural & Health Sciences

Environmental Studies



Suzanne Beyeler
Program Director
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, 2009. 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, Marine Biology. Current research interests include: 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.

Jerry Sweeten

Jerry Sweeten, Ph.D.

Purdue University, 1996. Graduate research area: Stream ecology and the effect of suspended stream sediment on the growth and survival of sight-feeding warmwater fishes. Courses taught: Principles of Biology, Limnology, Invertebrate Zoology, Environmental Science (Introductory and Advanced), Marine Biology, Ornithology, and a travel course to Andros Island, Bahamas. Current research interests: Effects of nonpoint source pollution on stream fishes, long-term biological monitoring of coral reef fish, population trends and dynamics of black-capped and carolina chickadees, nesting habitat and population dynamics of eastern towhees.

David Hicks

David J. Hicks, Ph.D. 


Cornell University, 1982. Primary teaching areas are 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.

Rachel Polando

Rachel Polando, Ph.D.

University of Notre Dame, 2009. Graduate research area: The role of pattern recognition receptors in host cell signaling and phagosome maturation during infection with Leishmania. Courses taught: Human Biology, General Biology, and Introduction to Molecular Biology, Microbiology, Cell Biology, Parasitology, and Medical Microbiology. Current research interests include: cell signaling during phagocytosis and phagosome maturation, effects of serum components on cell signaling and phagocytosis, cytokine effects and regulation during phagocytosis, and host-parasite interactions.

Aron Costello Harris

Aron K. Costello-Harris, Ph.D.

Miami University, 2010. 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 include: 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.

Kristen Short

Kristen H. Short, Ph.D.


University of Cincinnati, 2010. Graduate research area: Population genetics of invasive geckos (Hemidactylus mabouia) during range expansion in Florida. Courses taught: Introduction to Molecular Biology, General Biology. Current research interests include: landscape genetics, nonequilibrium genetic patterns, molecular ecology, dynamics of range expansion, urban ecology, invasive species behavior.