Faculty & Staff


Dr. Juan Bouzat

  • Position: Department Chair & Professor
  • Phone: 419-372-2332
  • Email: jbouzat@bgsu.edu
  • Address: 217 Life Science Building (Office) & 403 Life Sciences Building (Lab)

Research: Evolutionary and Conservation Genetics, Molecular Genetics, Philosophy of Biology     
Understanding the effects of ecological and evolutionary processes on the genetic divesity and fitness of endangered species.

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Dr. Maria Gabriela Bidart

  • Position: Associate Professor
  • Phone: 419-372-4644
  • Email: gbidart@bgsu.edu
  • Address: 511A Life Science Building

Research: Evolutionary ecology; human ecology

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Dr. Vern Bingman

  • Position: Professor
  • Phone: 419-372-6984
  • Email: vbingma@bgsu.edu
  • Address: 255 Psychology Building

Research: Animal navigation, hippocampus, comparative brain, spatial cognition, birds

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Dr. Jyotshana Gautam

  • Position: Bio 1010, 1040 & 2050 Lab Coordinator, Assistant Teaching Professor
  • Phone: 419-372-2732
  • Email: jgautam@bgsu.edu
  • Address: 305 Moseley Hall

"Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn."  - Benjamin Frankllin


Dr. Michael Geusz

  • Position: Neuroscience Faculty Mentor, Associate Professor
  • Phone: 419-372-2433
  • Email: mgeusz@bgsu.edu
  • Address: 414 Life Science Building

Research: Genes controlling circadian rhythms of neurons and cancer cells
How do circadian rhythams in neurons and cancer impact health.

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Dr. Narmin Ghalichi

  • Position: Post-Doctoral Research Assistant
  • Phone: 419-372-2332
  • Email: nghalic@bgsu.edu
  • Address: 303 Life Sciences Building
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Dr. Julia Halo

  • Position: Associate Professor
  • Phone: 419-372-4096
  • Email: halojv@bgsu.edu
  • Address: 521A Life Science Building

Research: Genetics, genomics, retroelements, retroviruses, endogenous retroviruses
The influences and functions of retroelement mobilization within mammalian genomes.

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Dr. Carol Heckman

  • Position: Professor
  • Phone: 419-372-4833
  • Email: heckman@bgsu.edu
  • Address: 541 Life Science Building

Research: Cell Features and Growth Control

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Dr. Robert Huber

  • Position: Professor
  • Phone: 419-372-7492
  • Email: rh.bgsu@gmail.com
  • Address: 227B Life Sciences Building

Research: Neuropharmacology of drug addiction

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Dr. Ray Larsen

  • Position: Graduate Coordinator, Associate Professor
  • Phone: 419-372-9559
  • Email: larsera@bgsu.edu
  • Address: 431 Life Science Building

Research: Transport and membrane energetics in bacteria
Host-virus interactions: mechanisms and drivers

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Dr. Kevin McCluney

  • Position: Associate Professor
  • Phone: 419-372-2634
  • Email: kmcclun@bgsu.edu
  • Address: 451D Life Science Building

Research: Community Physiological Ecology, Water Quality, Urban Ecology, Food Webs, Climate Change                              
Global change in aquatic & terrestrial ecosystems

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Dr. James Metcalf

  • Position: Associate Professor
  • Address: 221 Life Science Building

Research: Environmental Toxicology
Health risks associated with natural & man-made environmental contaminants


Dr. Jeffrey Miner

  • Position: Ecobreak Advisor, Professor
  • Phone: 419-372-8330
  • Email: jminer@bgsu.edu
  • Address: 336 Life Science Building

Research: Fisheries, aquatic ecology, community ecology, restoration, wetlands
Studying community ecology of fishes in relation to anthropogenic disturbances and restoration.

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Dr. Paul Moore

  • Position: Professor
  • Phone: 419-372-8556
  • Email: pmoore@bgsu.edu
  • Address: 226 Life Science Building

Research: Chemical ecology and behavior of aquatic organisms
Investigating animal's perception of their environment.

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Dr. Paul Morris

  • Position: Kids' Tech University Program Director, Forensic Biology & Microbiology Advisor, Professor
  • Phone: 419-372-0481
  • Email: pmorris@bgsu.edu
  • Address: 532A Life Science Building

Research: Oomycete genomics, Polyamine metabolism and transport

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Dr. Mason Murphy

  • Position: Assistant Teaching Professor/Manager Herpetology Lab
  • Phone: 419-372-4697
  • Email: momurph@bgsu.edu
  • Address: 115D Life Science Building

Research: Population and landscape genetics, amphibian movement behavior, conservation genetics, active learning


Dr. Kevin Neves

  • Position: Marine Biology Faculty Mentor (A-J), Biology Faculty Mentor (S-Z), Assistant Teaching Professor
  • Phone: 419-372-4835
  • Email: kneves@bgsu.edu
  • Address: 328 Life Science Building

Research: Aquaponics, carbon dioxide, integrated multi-trophic aquaculture (IMTA), otoliths, fish nutrition

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Dr. Crystal Oechsle

  • Position: Assistant Teaching Professor, Forensic Biology
  • Phone: 419-372-2861
  • Email: coechsl@bgsu.edu
  • Address: 116 Life Science Building

Research: Forensic Biology, DNA, CSI, Cancer Immunology

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Dr. Matthew Partin

  • Position: Marine Lab Coordinator, Marine Biology Faculty Mentor (K-Z), Science Education Faculty Mentor, Teaching Professor
  • Phone: 419-372-2058
  • Email: partim@bgsu.edu
  • Address: 115A Life Science Building

Research: Aquarium Science, Learning Sciences, Coral            
Coral undergraduate research experience (CURE)

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Mr. Paul Passalacqua

  • Position: Adjunct Assistant Teaching Professor (Online Programs)
  • Phone: 419-372-4835
  • Email: ppassal@bgsu.edu
  • Address: 328 Life Science Building

Dr. Daniel Pavuk

  • Position: Ecology & Conservation Faculty Mentor, LCCC Faculty Advisor, Tri-Beta Advisor, Teaching Professor
  • Phone: 419-372-4839
  • Email: dmpavuk@bgsu.edu
  • Address: 319 Life Science Building

Research: Mosquito ecology, insect ecology
Focusing on ecology of mosquito communities in Northwest Ohio with previous projects in agricultural & forest entomology.

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Dr. Shannon Pelini

  • Position: Associate Professor
  • Phone: 419-372-8760
  • Email: spelini@bgsu.edu
  • Address: 312C Life Science Building

Research: Community ecology, invertebrates, decomposition

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  • Position: Departmental Honors Advisor, Professor
  • Phone: 419-372-4097
  • Email: vphuntu@bgsu.edu
  • Address: 129B Life Science Building

Research: Molecular, oomycete, pathology, microbiome, epigenetics
CRISPR-based diagnosis of fish pathogens and biocontrol.

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Dr. Karen V. Root

  • Position: Professor
  • Phone: 419-372-8559
  • Email: kvroot@bgsu.edu
  • Address: 429E Life Science Building

Research: Conservation biology, wildlife ecology, population viability analysis, landscape ecology

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Dr. Karen Sirum

  • Position: Associate Professor
  • Phone: 419-372-3877
  • Email: ksirum@bgsu.edu
  • Address: 202 Life Science Building

Research: Biological Education Research and Development (BERD)
Investigating what works to promote learning in classroom and community settings

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Dr. Moira van Staaden

  • Position: Shanklin Endowed Professor
  • Phone: 419-372-0341
  • Email: moirav@bgsu.edu
  • Address: 303A Life Science Building

Research: Neuroethology, Drosophila, addiction, social networks, STEM education

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Amy Wagner

Ms. Amy Wagner

  • Position: Teaching Professor & Pre-Health Advisor
  • Phone: 419-372-9387
  • Email: akwagne@bgsu.edu
  • Address: 115D Life Science Building

Dr. Christopher Ward

  • Position: Assistant Professor
  • Phone: 419-372-2332
  • Email: chrward@bgsu.edu
  • Address: 448 Life Science Building

Research: Microbiome ecology, Algal-microbial interactions, Mass algal cultivation, Algal parasites
Microbial community ecology & genomics for our changing waters

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Dr. Daniel Wiegmann

  • Position: Professor
  • Phone: 419-372-2691
  • Email: ddwiegm@bgsu.edu
  • Address: 311C Life Science Building

Research: Navigation, life history, optimal decisions, behavioral ecology
Navigation by whip spiders; life-history decisions of smallmouth bass

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Dr. Hans Wildschutte

  • Position: Associate Professor
  • Phone: 419-372-4704
  • Email: hansw@bgsu.edu
  • Address: 424B Life Science Building

Research: Environmental microbiology, drug discovery, phage therapy
Utilizing environmental microbiology to discover new antibiotics and phage that inhibit drug-resistant pathogens.

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Dr. Zhaohui Xu

  • Position: Professor
  • Phone: 419-372-4645
  • Email: zxu@bgsu.edu
  • Address: 538A Life Science Building

Research: Thermotoga, Microbiome, Bioinformatics, Systems Biology

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Eleanor Behling

  • Position: Microbiology Prep Room Technician
  • Phone: 419-372-8609
  • Email: ebehlin@bgsu.edu
  • Address: 531A Life Science Building
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Lauren Brown

  • Position: H2Ohio Research Coordinator
  • Phone: 419-372-2332
  • Email: lnbrown@bgsu.edu
  • Address: 331 Life Sciences Building
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Marilyn Cayer

  • Position: Technical Director, Electron Microscopy
  • Phone: 419-372-2432
  • Email: mcayer@bgsu.edu
  • Address: 546 Life Sciences Building
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Kristi Brandeberry

  • Position: Undergraduate/Departmental Secretary, Biology Webmaster
  • Phone: 419-372-8551
  • Email: krbrad@bgsu.edu
  • Address: 217 Life Sciences Building
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Chris Hess

  • Position: Senior Budget Coordinator, Stockroom Manager
  • Phone: 419-372-7628
  • Email: chess@bgsu.edu
  • Address: 230 Life Sciences Building
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Ewan Isherwood

  • Position: H2Ohio Research Coordinator
  • Phone: 419-372-2332
  • Email: isherw@bgsu.edu
  • Address: 331 Life Sciences Building
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Dotti LaForce

  • Position: Graduate Secretary, Biology CCTV Technician
  • Phone: 419-372-8552
  • Email: dlaforc@bgsu.edu
  • Address: 217 Life Science Building
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Michele Nagel

  • Position: Biology Office Manager
  • Phone: 419-372-8550
  • Email: mnagel@bgsu.edu
  • Address: 217 Life Science Building
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Susan O’Donnell

  • Position: Accounting Administrator
  • Phone: 419-372-2234
  • Email: smodonn@bgsu.edu
  • Address: 230 Life Science Building
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Frank Schemenauer

  • Position: Biology Horticulturist
  • Phone: 419-372-2375
  • Email: franksc@bgsu.edu
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Dr. George Bullerjahn

  • Position: Professor Emeritus
  • Phone: 419-372-8527
  • Email: bullerj@bgsu.edu
  • Address: 516 Life Science Building

Research: Microbial physiology, environmental microbiology, cyanobacteria

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Dr. Sheryl Coombs

Research: Sensory biology

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Dr. Don Deters

Research: Microbiology; Molecular biology of yeasts

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Dr. Carmen Fioranvanti

Research: Comparative biochemistry of parasitic helminths

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Dr. John Graham

Research: Plant molecular biology and biochemistry

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Dr. Roudabeh Jamasbi

Research: Cancer immunology, microbiology

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Dr. Rex Lowe

Research: Aquatic community ecology of benthic algae


Dr. R. Mike McKay

  • Position: Marine Biology Adjunct Research Professor
  • Phone: 419-372-2332
  • Email: rmmckay@bgsu.edu

Research: Environmental Microbiology, winter limnology, Harmful Algal Blooms, Great Lakes, Viruses

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Dr. Lee Meserve

Research: Mammalian endocrinology


Dr. Helen Michaels

Research: Conservation and Restoration Ecology

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Dr. Lee Rocket

Research: Ecology of soil mites and mosquito control


Dr. Scott O. Rogers

Research: Molecular, Biology, Evolution, Ice, Ancient DNA

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Dr. Eileen Underwood

  • Position: Associate Professor Emerita
  • Phone: 419-372-8564
  • Email: eunderw@bgsu.edu
  • Address: 111E Life Science Building

Research: Herpetology

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Dr. Stephen Vessey

Research: Behavioral ecology; small mammal population dynamics

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Dr. Ronny Woodruff

Research: Genetics, evolution, mutations


Dr. Jill Zeilstra-Ryalls

  • Position: Professor
  • Phone: 419-372-2872
  • Email: jzeilst@bgsu.edu
  • Address: 442C Life Science Building

Research: Gene regulation and protein structure-function relationships

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Cynthia Bailey

Cynthia Bailey

  • Position: Associate Teaching Professor of Allied Health & Biology
  • Phone: 419-372-0939
  • Email: cbailey@bgsu.edu
  • Address: 316I George Mylander Hall
Tammie May

Tamara May

  • Position: Associate Teaching Professor of Biology
  • Phone: 419-372-0840
  • Email: tjmay@bgsu.edu
  • Address: 309 George Mylander Hall
Jaclyn Mclean

Jaclyn McLean

  • Position: Assistant Teaching Professor of Biology
  • Phone: 419-372-0933
  • Email: jmclean@bgsu.edu
  • Address: 316C George Mylander Hall
Ram Veerapanei

Ram Veerapaneni

  • Position: Associate Professor of Biology
  • Phone: 419-372-0934
  • Email: ramv@bgsu.edu
  • Address: 316D George Mylander Hall

Updated: 09/12/2022 11:58AM