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Department of Biology
258 Science Building
Cheney, WA 99004
phone: 509.359.2339

Faculty & Staff

Welcome to our department!
  • Justin Bastow, Ph.D.
    Justin Bastow, Ph.D.
    Part-Time Faculty
    SCI 235
    Phone: 509.359.2810
  • Prakash Bhuta, Ph.D.
    Prakash Bhuta, Ph.D.
    Professor
    SCI 295
    Phone: 509.359.2818

    I received Ph. D. in Microbiology from University of Southwestern Louisiana. Before that I obtained M. Sc. in Microbiology from Maharaja Sayajirao University at Baroda (India), a Diploma in Pharmacy from the Bombay College of Pharmacy and B. Sc. - major: Microbiology and minor: Chemistry - with Honors from Bombay University, Bombay (India).

    I have worked as a research fellow, at the Cancer Research Institute (Chemotherapy Division), Bombay(India). After graduating from the University of SW Louisiana, I carried out postdoctoral research at the Michigan Cancer Foundation (Chemistry Department); and at the University of Michigan (The Simpson Memorial Institute, Division of Hematology). After graduating with a Ph. D. degree, I have studied the mechanism of ribosomal peptidyltransferase and recombinant DNA techniques.

    At Eastern Washington University, I am involved in teaching undergraduate and graduate students through formal lecture classes, research projects and by directed studies. My students are also my co-authors in research presentations and publications.

    Last modified August 25, 2010

  • A. Ross Black, Ph.D.
    A. Ross Black, Ph.D.
    Professor
    SCI 264
    Phone: 509.359.4815
    Eastern Since:
    1993
    Undergraduate Degree:
    University of Washington, 1985
    Graduate Degree(s):
    University of Wisconsin - Madison, 1989, M.S.
    University of Wisconsin - Madison, 1991, Ph.D.

    Post Doctoral Work:
    University of Louisville, 1991-1993
    Advisor:
    Environmental Biology
    Courses Taught:
    Ecology, General Biology, Biological Investigation
    Research Areas:
    Limnology; population biology; life histories; evolution; aquatic ecology
  • Rebecca Brown, Ph.D.
    Rebecca Brown, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor
    SCI 254
    Phone: 509.359.2528

    As an Associate Professor at Eastern Washington University, I conduct research on riparian and plant ecology and teach Ecology, Botany, Research Design and Literature, and Riparian Ecology.

    I am actively seeking graduate students who are interested in pursuing a master's degree in plant or riparian ecology. Please contact me if you are interested.

    Some of my recent research projects include:

    • Effects of dams on riparian vegetation of the Elwha River, Olympic National Park
    • Effects of hydrologic alteration on invasive Japanese knotweed in riparian zones
    • Cheatgrass control and native species restoration on prairie mima mounds at Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge
    • Factors influencing species diversity and invasibilty
    • Riparian restoration in Eastern Washington
  • Karen Carlberg, Ph.D.
    Karen Carlberg, Ph.D.
    Professor
    SCI 266
    Phone: 509.359.2388

    Eastern Since:
    1983
    Undergraduate Degree:
    University of Washington, 1972
    Graduate Degree(s):
    University of New Mexico, 1976, M.S.
    University of New Mexico, 1981, Ph.D.
    Post Doctoral Work:
    University of Florida, College of Medicine, 1981-1983
    Advisor: Pre-Physical Therapy, Pre-Physician Assistant, Pre-Optometry
    Courses Taught:
    Human Anatomy and Physiology for Biology Majors; Animal Physiology; Biology of Women; Biology of Aging; Biological Investigation; Physiology for University of Washington dental students
    Research Areas:
    Effects of exercise on endocrine and reproductive systems.

  • Andrea Castillo
    Andrea Castillo
    Assistant Professor
    SCI 291
    Phone: 509.359.2866
    Eastern Since:

    2008

    Undergraduate Degree:

    Albertson College of Idaho

    Graduate Degree(s):

    University of Colorado, Boulder

    Post Doctoral Work:

    Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle, WA
    University of California, Santa Cruz, CA

    Advisor:

    Medical Technology Program

    Courses Taught:

    Microbiology, Current Topics in Cellular and Molecular Biology (graduate studies)

    Research Areas:

    Bacteria Pathogenesis. Studying the molecules in Heliocobacter pylori uses to infect and cause gastric disease in humans.

  • David Daberkow
    David Daberkow
    David Daberkow
    SC 256
    Phone: 509.359.2259

    Eastern Since:
    2010

    Undergraduate Degree:
    Southeastern Louisiana University, B.S. Zoology

    Graduate Degree(s):
    Utah State University, M.S. Biology
    University of Utah, Ph.D. Neuroscience

    Post Doctoral Work:
    Illinois State University, Program of Excellence in Neuroscience and Behavior (POENB)

    Advisor:
    Pre-Med/Dent

    Courses Taught:
    Biological Investigation; Human Anatomy and Physiology; Animal Physiology; Neurobiology

    Research Areas:
    The focus of my research lab is on the neurochemical messenger dopamine and its role in brain function. Specifically, my research has explored how drugs (e.g., amphetamine and methamphetamine) impact dopamine mediated behaviors and cellular signaling molecules implicated in memory formation. More recent research elucidated amphetamine's cellular mechanism of action on dopamine neurotransmission. As a faculty member at EWU, my lab utilizes the technique of voltammetry which provides one the ability to monitor the activity of specific molecules (e.g., dopamine) in the brain. Future directions are to continue to investigate dopamine function, how drugs impact these processes, and dopamine dysfunction related to pathological conditions such as Parkinson's disease.

    Publications:

    Amphetamine Paradoxically Augments Exocytotic Dopamine Release and Phasic Dopamine Signals

    Methamphetamine neurotoxicity decreases phasic, but not tonic, dopaminergic signaling in the rat striatum

    Effect of Methamphetamine Neurotoxicity on Learning-Induced Arc mRNA Expression in Identified Striatal Efferent Neurons

    Arc mRNA induction in striatal efferent neurons associated with response learning

    Relation between methamphetamine-induced monoamine depletions in the striatum and sequential motor learning

     

     

     

  • Bradley Fillmore
    Bradley Fillmore
    Lecturer
    SCI 270
    Phone: 509.359.2845
    Eastern Since:

    2008

    Undergraduate Degree:

    Brigham Young University, 1995, B.S.

    Graduate Degree(s):

    Idaho State University, 1999, M.S.
    Currently enrolled in the Doctorate Program, Idaho State University

    Courses Taught:

    Human Anatomy and Physiology

    Field of Interest(s):

    Human Anatomy and Physiology; Health Professions; Pharmacology

  • Flash Gibson, Ph.D.
    Flash Gibson, Ph.D.
    Professor
    SCI 260
    Phone: 509.359.2348
    Eastern Since:

    1971

    Undergraduate Degree:

    Eastern Washington University, 1966

    Graduate Degree(s):

    Oregon State University, 1969, M.S.
    Oregon State University, 1971, Ph.D.

    Courses Taught:

    Introduction to Biology, Zoology, Ecology, Anatomy and Physiology

    Research Areas:

    Aquatic ecology and small stream bioassessment.

  • James Hallett, Ph.D
    James Hallett, Ph.D
    Adjunct Professor
    TLES 4
    Phone: 509.359.4726
  • Charles Herr, Ph.D.
    Charles Herr, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor
    SCI 234C
    Phone: 509.359.2038
    Eastern Since:
    1994
    Undergraduate Degree:
    University of Wyoming, 1979
    Graduate Degree(s):
    Washington State University, 1986, Ph.D.
    Post Doctoral Work:
    Australian National University, 1987-1991
    Advisor: Pre-Med, Pre-Dental, and Human Biology
    Courses Taught:
    Genetics(Biol 410 and 310), Embryology(Biol 477), General Biology(Biol 171, 172 and 173), Cell Biology (Biol 436), Biological Investigation (Biol 270), Premed Seminar (Biol 496) and Graduate Seminar (Biol 598)
    Research Areas:
    Developing universally applicable reproductive technologies primarily for the benefit of endangered species.
  • Krisztian Magori
    Krisztian Magori
    Assistant Professor
    Science 289A
    Phone: 359-2868

     

     

  • Joanna Joyner Matos
    Joanna Joyner Matos
    Assistant Professor
    SCI 234B
    Phone: 509.359.2361
    Eastern Since:
    2008
    Undergraduate Degree:
    University of Utah, 2000 Honors, Biology
    Graduate Degree(s):
    Washington State University, 2002, M.S. Zoology
    University of Florida, 2007, Ph.D. Zoology
    Post Doctoral Work:
    University of Florida, 2007-2008, Evolutionary Genetics
    Advisor:
    Pre-Med/Dent
    Courses Taught:
    Biological Investigation; Human Anatomy and Physiology; Animal Physiology; Biology of Aging; Biology of Symbiosis; Current Topics in Physiology

    Research Areas:

    My research interests are in comparative physiology, with the overall goal of understanding how the ecology and evolution of species are shaped by cellular-level processes. Information about current and future research projects is provided on my webpage (http://access.ewu.edu/Joanna-Joyner-Matos).

    I am actively recruiting undergraduate and graduate students to participate in on-going research and design independent projects. Please contact me if you are interested in participating in lab-based or field research.

  • Luis Matos
    Luis Matos
    Part-Time Faculty
    SCI 293
    Phone: 509.359.7082
  • Heather McKean, M.S.
    Heather McKean, M.S.
    Senior Associate Faculty
    SCI 241
    Phone: 509.359.6512
    Eastern Since:
    1989
    Undergraduate Degree:
    Eastern Washington University, 1975
    Graduate Degree(s):
    Eastern Washington University, 1983
    Advisor: Biology/Education
    Courses Taught:
    Biology Education (Lab Management), Introduction to Biology, Investigating Biology, Biology and Society.
    Research Areas:
    Development of educational materials and activities for K-12; Integrating Math and Science.
  • Camille McNeely, Ph.D.
    Camille McNeely, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor
    SCI 275
    Phone: 509.359.7049
    I am an aquatic ecologist with a strong interest in links between ecosystem processes and community interactions, and how these are affected by natural landscapes. I am particularly interested in how resource fluxes affect organisms' interactions, and conversely, how species traits and interactions affect pathways of nutrient and carbon cycling. My graduate research focused on how the ecological role of caddisfly grazers varied with watershed landscape position. I identified stream size thresholds associated with changes in grazing regimes. My findings also suggested that traits of primary consumers have consequences for whether algal energy is transferred up the food web to predators, or sequestered in predator-defended herbivores.

    Currently I am collaborating with researchers from the University of California, University of Minnesota, and Simon Frasier University on projects linking stream community and ecosystem processes to the landscape of a northern California watershed. Projects include 1) measuring nutrient regeneration by dominant invertebrates, 2) determining landscape controls on stream primary productivity and terrestrial carbon inputs, 3) using stable isotopes and diet analysis to compare how energy moves through food webs in productive and unproductive streams.

    I have also become interested in using measurements of basic ecosystem processes, such as primary productivity and nutrient cycling, as tools to evaluate stream ecosystem health. Anthropogenic impacts to streams are often assessed through labor-intensive biological monitoring based on invertebrate or algal communities. Measurements of ecosystem processes may be cheaper and less labor-intensive, and provide more insight into functional changes that may have occurred. However, their application to biological assessment has not been well-tested. I have begun some preliminary work comparing measures of nutrient uptake to conventional biological assessment using invertebrates, which I hope to expand

  • Margaret O'Connell, Ph.D.
    Margaret O'Connell, Ph.D.
    Professor and Chair; Co-Director Turnbull Laboratory for Ecological Studies
    SCI 262
    Phone: 509.359.6812
    Eastern Since:
    1992
    Undergraduate Degree:
    Precott College, 1973
    Graduate Degree(s):
    Texas Tech University, 1975, M.S.
    Texas Tech University, 1981, Ph.D.
    Post Doctoral Work: Smithsonian Institution; National Zoological Park, Washington, D.C.

    Advisor: Zoology, Environmental Biology
    Courses Taught:
    Vertebrate Zoology, Wildlife Management, Ornithology, Mammalogy, Conservation Biology.
    Research Areas:
    Animal population ecology and community structure; conservation wildlife-habitat relationships.

  • Robin O'Quinn, PhD
    Robin O'Quinn, PhD
    Assistant Professor
    SCI 234C
    Phone: 509.359.6118

    Eastern Since:
    2007
    Undergraduate Degree:

    University of California, Davis, 1998, Botany
    Graduate Degree:
    Washington State University, 2005, PhD, Botany
    Post Doctoral Work:

    Mississippi State University, 2005-2006, Population Genetics; Portland State University, 2006-2007, Population Genetics
    Advisor:
    Plant Sciences
    Courses Taught:
    Biological Investigation; Introductory Biology for Majors (171, 172, 173); Summer field course (Geology/Biology); Molecular Ecology

    Research Interests:

    I am deeply curious about patterns and processes that shape organismal diversity. I am interested in the evolution of morphological diversity in plants (e.g., plant architecture), historical biogeography and aspects of evolutionary ecology, such as habitat preferences, pollinator-mediated hybridization and introgression. My approaches have included developmental and comparative morphology, molecular systematics, population genetics and field pollination biology. My primary study system has been the small tribe Montieae (Portulacaceae), but additional systems have included Loasaceae and more recently Asclepias (Apocynaceae). With my research, I aim to synthesize evidence in a phylogenetic framework from diverse fields to understand plant species diversity.

    Research opportunities for students are the central focus of my research agenda. I frame many of my research questions in "bite-sized" chunks, so that they are attractive and doable to students who may have limited time, but substantial interest. This approach produces project ideas that are perfect for student research because they can be accomplished as individualized units, but effectively contribute to my broader research objectives. However, providing projects from my own research are not the sole aim of my research agenda. I am equally motivated to mentor student-initiated independent projects. Students with an interest in plant systematics, population biology, biogeography or morphology are encouraged to contact me.

    Select Publications:

    O'Quinn, R. and L. Hufford. 2005. Molecular Systematics of Montieae (Portulacaceae): Implications for taxonomy, biogeography and ecology. Systematic Botany. 30:314-331.

    O'Quinn, R. and M. Fishbein. 2008. Isolation, characterization and cross-species amplification of polymorphic microsatellite loci in Asclepias (Apocynaceae). Conservation Genetics. In press, DOI 10.1007.

    Eppley, S.M., O'Quinn, R., and A.L. Brown. 2009. New sequence-tagged site molecular markers for identification of sex in Distichlis spicata. Molecular Ecology Resources. 9:1373-1374.

  • Dennis Mike Satterwhite
    Dennis Mike Satterwhite
    Instructional Classroom Support Technician 3
    SCI 176A
    Phone: 509-359-2793
  • Allan Scholz, Ph.D.
    Allan Scholz, Ph.D.
    Professor
    SCI 186C
    Phone: 509.359.6397
    Eastern Since:
    1980
    Undergraduate Degree:
    University of Wisconsin - Madison, 1976
    Graduate Degree(s):
    University of Wisconsin - Madison, 1977, M.S.
    University of Wisconsin - Madison, 1980, Ph.D.
    Post Doctoral Work:
    University of Wisconsin, 1979-1980
    Advisor: General Departmental Advisor, Aquatics, Environmental Biology
    Courses Taught:
    Ichthyology, Fisheries Biology, General Biology
    Research Areas:
    Hormonal regulation of smelt transformation and olfactory imprinting.
  • Suzanne Schwab, Ph.D.
    Suzanne Schwab, Ph.D.
    Professor
    SCI 268
    Phone: 509.359.4727
    Eastern Since:
    1983
    Undergraduate Degree:
    State University of New York, 1975
    Graduate Degree(s):
    Colorado State University, 1979, M.S.
    University of California - Riverside, 1982
    Post Doctoral Work:

    Advisor: Botany, Environmental Biology
    Courses Taught:
    Plant Physiology, Mycology, General Biology, Environmental Science.
    Research Areas:
    Physiological and ecological aspects of vesicular-arbuscular mycorrhizae, Restoration of disturbed land.

  • David French
    David French
    Instruction & Classroom Support Technician 2
    SCI 286
    Phone: 509.359.6976
    Eastern Since:
    2004
    Major Interests:
    Experimental medicine, nervous system, math, skiing, sailing (hanging out around boats) Cynthia, Cooper and Dudley (pet parrot)
    Degree(s)/Certifications:
    B.S. in Molecular Biology and BS in Philosophy
    Major Responsibilities:
    Ordering, greenhouse, microbiology, helping students in Bio 270 and Bio 490 experiments, supervising work-study students
  • Mark Paluch, M.S. Fisheries Biology
    Mark Paluch, M.S. Fisheries Biology
    Research Associate
    SCI 194
    Phone: 509-359-7498
  • John Shields
    John Shields
    Instruction & Classroom Support Technician 1
    SCI 286C
    Phone: 509.359.6868
  • Lisa Gaye Williams
    Lisa Gaye Williams
    Department Secretary
    SCI 258
    Phone: 509.359.7499
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