Due to upcoming inclement weather, the afternoon commencement
ceremony at 2:30 will be moved to the Haddix Center.
B.A. in Biology
Adrian College, 1991
Ph.D. in Biology
Kansas State University, 2000
Areas of Interest:
Courses I Teach (Service-Learning classes are in bold):
Ecology, Botany, Evolution, Field Botany, Conservation Biology, Flora of Nebraska, Introduction to Biology, Senior Research 351, 495, and 496.
Other Educational projects:
My Roots and Shoots students are turning single use plastic bags into permanent shopping bags. We are also making mosquito netting out of the material. Karla Cooper, Linda Kalbach and I are currently looking for funding to expand this project nationally and internationally. Karla recently took samples of the bags and mosquito netting with her to India and a member of Doane Corps, Amy Sherwood, took samples to Africa. Here is the YouTube video of the project.
For my January interterm in 2006, Dr. Steve Gunkel and I taught a class in the hurricane stricken south. The class had two goals: studying the social, economical and ecological impact of the hurricanes and tearing down and building up as much as we could. Our efforts in this class, along with other Doane efforts, helped earn Doane a spot on the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.
Research Interests: My research interests are extremely varied but center around plant ecology, particularly how plants respond to prairie fires. As part of this research, I have implemented a prescribed burning program at Doane’s Aldrich Prairie Research Station.
I am currently adding a plant genetics component to my ecology research. There are several areas of ecology that can only be studied via genetics and I am looking at two of them.
Student Research: Because I have a broad range of interests, I support student research on a wide range of topics. These topics include the effects of lime on prairie restoration, the effect of prairie restoration on deer populations, habitat management impacts on bird populations, and even the impact of the menstrual cycle on athletic performance.
Wolf and Lynx Ecology: This past January term, Mitch Bern and Brian Maronde studied wolf and lynx ecology in northern Minnesota