Faculty & Staff

** = Potential graduate advisors


Dr. Daniel Pavuk**

  • Position: Teaching Professor and Department Chair
    Ecology & Conservation Faculty Mentor, LCCC Faculty Advisor, Tri-Beta Advisor
  • Phone: 419-372-4839
  • Email: dmpavuk@bgsu.edu
  • Address: 217 Life Science Building (Dept Office) & 319 Life Science Building (Lab)

Ecology of mosquito communities in Northwest Ohio

Research: Mosquito ecology, insect ecology

Dr. Pavuk's Faculty Profile


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

Dr. Bidart's Faculty Profile


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. Juan Bouzat**

  • Position: Professor
  • Phone: 1-419-372-2332
  • Email: jbouzat@bgsu.edu
  • Address: 403 Life Sciences Building

Understanding the effects of ecological and evolutionary processes on the genetic diversity and fitness of endangered species.

Research: Evolutionary and Conservation Genetics, Molecular Genetics, Philosophy of Biology     

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Dr. Jyotshana Gautam

  • Position: Assistant Teaching Professor, Lab Coordinator of BIOL 1010, 1040 & 2050
  • 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 Franklin


Dr. Michael Geusz**

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

How circadian rhythms impact behavior and health.

Research: Genes controlling circadian rhythms of neurons, stem cells, cancer, and neurogenesis.

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Dr. Julia Halo**

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

The influences and functions of retroelement mobilization within mammalian genomes.

Research: Genetics, genomics, retroelements, retroviruses, endogenous retroviruses

Dr. Halo's Faculty Profile


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

Host-virus interactions: mechanisms and drivers

Research: Transport and membrane energetics in bacteria

Dr. Larsen's Faculty Profile


Dr. Kevin McCluney**

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

Global change in aquatic & terrestrial ecosystems

Research: Community Physiological Ecology, Water Quality, Urban Ecology, Food Webs, Climate Change                              

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Dr. James Metcalf**

  • Position: Associate Professor
  • Phone: 419-372-2648
  • Email: jmetcal@bgsu.edu
  • Address: 221B Life Science Building

Health risks associated with natural & man-made environmental contaminants

Research: Environmental Toxicology

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Dr. Jeffrey Miner**

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

Studying community ecology of fishes in relation to anthropogenic disturbances and restoration.

Research: Fisheries, aquatic ecology, community ecology, restoration, wetlands

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Dr. Paul Moore**

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

Investigating animal's perception of their environment.

Research: Chemical ecology and behavior of aquatic organisms

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Dr. Paul Morris**

  • Position: Professor
    Forensic Biology & Microbiology Advisor, Kids' Tech University Program Director
  • 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 and Manager of Herpetology Lab
  • Phone: 419-372-4697
  • Email: momurph@bgsu.edu
  • Address: 111E Life Science Building


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

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Dr. Kevin Neves**

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

Coral undergraduate research experience (CURE)

Research: Aquarium Science, Learning Sciences, Coral            

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

CRISPR-based diagnosis of fish pathogens and biocontrol.

Research: Molecular, oomycete, pathology, microbiome, epigenetics

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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

Investigating what works to promote learning in classroom and community settings

Research: Biological Education Research and Development (BERD)

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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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Ms. Amy Wagner

  • Position: Teaching Professor
    Pre-Health Advisor
  • Phone: 419-372-9387
  • Email: akwagne@bgsu.edu
  • Address: 320 Life Science Building

Dr. Christopher Ward**

  • Position: Assistant Professor
  • Phone: 419-372-2332
  • Email: chrward@bgsu.edu
  • Address: 434 Life Science Building

Microbial community ecology & genomics for our changing waters

Research: Microbiome ecology, algal-microbial interactions, algal parasites

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Dr. Daniel Wiegmann**

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

Navigation by whip spiders; life-history decisions of smallmouth bass

Research: Navigation, life history, optimal decisions, behavioral ecology

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Dr. Hans Wildschutte**

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

Discovering new antibiotics and phage that inhibit drug-resistant pathogens.

Research: Environmental microbiology, drug discovery, phage therapy

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Dr. Zhaohui Xu**

  • Position: Professor
  • Phone: 419-372-4645
  • Email: zxu@bgsu.edu
  • Address: 312C 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: 538 Life Science 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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Dr. 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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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
  • Phone: 419-372-8552
  • Email: dlaforc@bgsu.edu
  • Address: 411 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

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. 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

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

Research: Gene regulation and protein structure-function relationships

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