Faculty Research Interests
Dr. Matthew Collier
He is interested in determining the metal tolerance mechanism(s) used by dandelion clones growing in metal polluted environments, how anthropogenic environmental contamination may act to reduce or increase dandelion population genetic variation, and whether or not pollution tolerant dandelions may be useful in future studies concerning the phytoremediation of metal contaminated soils. Dr. Collier's long-term research plans also include investigating the impacts of invasive plant species (e.g., Garlic Mustard, Multiflora Rose, and Amur Honeysuckle) on midwestern deciduous forests.
Dr. Margaret Goodman
Her research examines intra-molecular interactions, investigating the relationship between the amino acid sequence of a protein and its structure and function through mutagenesis experiments. The explosion of information available from genome sequencing projects (including the Human Genome Project) and online protein structure databases has provided another opportunity for investigating the relationship between sequence, structure and function of proteins through bioinformatics.
Dr. Kevin Gribbins
His research interests focus on the histology and ultrastructure of the male reproductive system in reptiles. Currently, he is studying the germ cell development strategies in temperate vs. tropical species of reptiles, the ultrastructure of the germinal epithelium, ultrastructure of spermiogenesis and the mature spermatozoon, and junctional complexes between Sertoli cells and developing germ cells.
Dr. David Mason
For many years he has worked on cancer research in conjunction with Community Hospital in Springfield and other hospitals in Ohio. Besides having helped with the diagnosis of over 600 cases of cancer in the area, he has written or co-authored more than ten publications on the subject. Much of his work has been presented in conjunctions with pathologists at Community Hospital at international cancer and pathology conferences in Budapest, Vienna, Madrid and Costa Rica, and at national conferences throughout the U.S.
Dr. Michelle McWhorter
Her current research interests include studying the development of the nervous system in zebrafish and analyzing how teratogens (external agents) can affect their development.
Dr. Cathy Pederson
Her current research interest is in the long term effects on the brain of posttraumatic stress disorder secondary to childhood abuse. She has been recruiting women with severe childhood abuse and dividing them into two groups based on whether or not they developed PTSD as a result of this abuse for more than a decade. Most of her research is focused on studying the long-term anatomical changes in discrete brain structures like the pituitary gland and hippocampus which are measured through magnetic resonance imaging scans of the brain.
Dr. Richard Phillips
Dr. Kathy Reinsel
Her research interests include the ecology of marine benthic communities, chemically mediated behavior and the effects of predators on prey communities. Current research includes foraging ecology of fiddler crabs, reproductive biology of grass shrimp, and larval settlement behavior of fiddler crabs.
Dr. Jim Welch
His research interests include transport and settlement site selection behaviors of marine invertebrate larvae, interactions of aquatic animals with water flow, and the role of small-scale turbulence in marine ecosystems. Current research includes regulation of selective tidal stream transport by blue crabs, settlement site selection by fiddler crabs, dispersal and recruitment of deep-sea invertebrates in both the Bahamas and at hydrothermal vents in the East Pacific Ocean, and larval release behaviors of invertebrates in flow.
Dr. Jay Yoder
His research focuses on disease transmission by insects, ticks and mites of medical-veterinary importance, and biological control emphasizing pheromone-assisted techniques, entomopathogenic fungi and water balance. This research has resulted in over 90 peer-reviewed publications in scientific journals with undergraduate students as co-authors.