Faculty Directory

Biological Sciences department chair

Maribeth Watwood
Maribeth Watwood
Professor, Department Chair
Phone: 928-523-9322 
Maribeth.watwood@nau.edu
Office: Building 21, Room 229

Cellular and molecular biology, and microbiology

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 Alison E. M. Adams

Associate Professor
Genetics, cell biology, and cancer biology

Stephen M. Beckstrom-Sternberg
Associate Professor

Greg Caporaso
Assistant Professor
microbial ecology, micro-organisms in human health and disease, development of software and methods for studying microbial ecology

Jeff Foster
Research Assistant Professor
Pathogen evolution, disease ecology
Microbial Genetics & Genomics Center 

Liza Holeski
Assistant Professor
Evolutionary genetics and ecology, plant-herbivore interactions, quantitative genetics and trail evolution in plant populations

Paul Keim
Regents' Professor and Cowden Chair
Genomic analysis, molecular, evolutionary, and population genetics of diverse organisms including bacteria, plants, and animals 
Director, Microbial Genetics & Genomics Center 

Fernando Monroy
Professor and Associate Chair
Immune responses to intracellular pathogens

Nathan Nieto
Assistant Professor
Infectious Diseases, Wildlife microbiology

Talima Pearson
Research Assistant Professor
Microbial evolution, population dynamics
Microbial Genetics & Genomics Center 

Peggy E. Pollak 
Senior Lecturer
Plant reproductive development

Richard Posner
Professor

Apichai Tuanyok
Research Assistant Professor
Microbial Genetics & Genomics Center  

Egbert Schwartz
Professor
Microbial ecology, bioremediation, ecosystem ecology, microbial fuel cells

Catherine Ueckert
Professor
Biological Sciences education, curriculum and instruction

Karen P. Van Winkle-Swift
Regents' Professor (Emeritus)
Genetic and ultrastructural analysis of development in microbes

David Wagner 
Associate Professor
Pathogen genomics, genomic analysis, ecology and evolution of infectious agents
Microbial Genetics & Genomics Center 

Maribeth Watwood
Professor and Chair
Biodegradation of organic compounds, soil microbial ecology, bioremediation, nutrient cycling, wetland ecology

Jason A. Wilder
Associate Professor
Genetics, genomics, and evolution

Ecology, behavior, and evolution

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Gery Allan
Associate Professor
Director of EnGGen Laboratory

W. Sylvester Allred
Principal Lecturer (Emeritus)
Animal ecology, Aberts squirrel ecology, and reproductive biology

Tina J. Ayers
Associate Professor
Plant systematics: phylogenetics, biogeography, floristics

Emma P. Benenati
Adjunct Professor
Aquatic ecology, stream ecosystems

Russell Benford
Assistant Research Professor
Director, Field School in Conservation Biology

Bradley Butterfield
Community ecology, plant functional ecology, ecosystem ecology, biogeography

Neil Cobb
Associate Research Professor
Arthropod biodiversity, plant-herbivore interactions, ecology of pinyon-juniper woodlands, climate, and land-use change

Paul Dijkstra
Assistant Research Professor

Catherine (Kitty) Gehring 
Professor
Plant-mycorrhizal-herbivore interactions in semi-arid environments in Arizona and tropical rainforests in Australia

Karen Haubensak 
Assistant Research Professor
Community and ecosystem ecology , plant-soil feedbacks, soil food webs, restoration and invasion ecology

Lecturer

Laura F Huenneke
Provost

Bruce Hungate 
Professor
Ecosystem ecology and biogeochemistry roles of plants and soil microorganisms in element cycles, ecosystem renses, and feedbacks to global change

Nancy Johnson
Professor
Mycorrhizal and soil ecology

George Koch
Professor
Plant ecophysiology

Jane Marks 
Professor
Studies of how abiotic and biotic factors structure freshwater food webs; anthropogenic disturbances of watershed nutrient loading and alterations of flow regimes upon river foodwebs

W. Linn Montgomery
Professor
Biology of fishes, physiology and ecology of reproduction and feeding

Nancy E. Muleady-Mecham
Adjunct Professor
General biology, natural history, field interpretation, anatomy and physiology, pathophysiology

Randall W. Scott
Lecturer
Phylogenetic systematics of Ribes (Gossulariacae) and Cirsium (Asteraceae), patterns of speciation and biogeography, floristics of the southwest United States

Philip Service 
Professor (Emeritus)
Population genetics, life-history genetics, and evolution 

Joseph P. Shannon
Research Associate/Adjunct Professor
Aquatic ecology, specifically mechanisms governing river ecosystems and how to monitor them

Stephen M. Shuster
Professor
Animal mating systems, male and female reproductive strategies, evolution and population structure in marine organisms

Stefan Sommer
Research Assistant Professor
Insect community ecology, behavioral ecology, pollination ecology, and pedagogical research in environmental and cross-cultural education

Tad Theimer
Associate Professor
Vertebrate ecology and conservation biology, specifically the ecology, behavior and phylogenetics of the peccaries and the role of vertebrates in Australian tropical rainforests

Thomas G. Whitham 
Regents' Professor
Ecology and evolution, plant-herbivore interactions, mutualism

Physiology and functional morphology

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David J Able
Lecturer
Anatomy, pathology

Richard Coast
Professor
Respiratory and exercise physiology, human performance

Pauline Entin
Associate Professor and Associate Dean
Comparative physiology, exercise physiology

Alice Gibb
Professor
Morphological and physiological basis of behavior, research methods emphasize biomechanics, physiological ecology, and the evolution of behaviors, and associated physiological systems

Steven C. Hempleman
Professor and Associate Chair for Graduate Programs 
Neurophysiology and respiratory physiology

Sara S. Jarvis 
Assistant Professor 
Exercise physiology 

Robert Kellar
Adjunct Faculty, Instructor
Biomedical engineering: biocompatibility, biomaterials, physiology, and regenerative medicine

Stan L. Lindstedt
Regents' Professor
Comparative physiology, muscle plasticity, body-size constraints on function

W. Linn Montgomery
Professor
Biology of fishes, physiology and ecology of reproduction and feeding

Kiisa C. Nishikawa
Regents' Professor
Evolution of behavior in amphibians, aggression, feeding, and locomotion

David Pierotti
Professor
Physiology of muscle, molecular to whole organism, examining muscle plasticity in comparative, reduced gravity, and other conditions

Catherine R. Propper
Professor 
Behavioral endocrinology, hormonal regulation of water balance and reproductive behavior in reptiles and amphibians

Tinna Traustadottir
Assistant Professor 
Exercise physiology