BIOLOGY FACULTY and STAFF
Larry Atherton, M.S.
Anita Baxter-Blough, M.S.
Ken Cabine, M.S.
Russell Cossaboom, M.S., M.P.A.
Education: M.P.A., Educational Administration, 2012; M.S., Biology: thesis: Identification and Characteristics of a Fungal Contaminant in Naphthenic Metalworking Fluid, 2008; B.S., Biology Major, Chemistry Minor, Teacher Certification Program, 1998; All from UM-Flint
Courses Taught: BIO 113 (Principles of Biology), BIO 326 (Cell Laboratory), BIO 328 (Genetics), BIO 406 (Microbiology Laboratory), BIO 438 (Medical Microbiology Laboratory), BIO 450/550 (Parasitology Laboratory)
Research Interests: Biodegradation of compounds by fungi and bacteria
Heather Dawson, Ph.D.
Education: Ph.D., Fisheries and Wildlife and Ecology, Evolutionary Biology and Behavior, Michigan State University; M.S., Ecosystems Biology (Aquatic), Eastern Michigan University; B.S., Biology, University of Michigan.
Relevant Experience: Fishery Biologist, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 2004-2009
Teaching Areas: Wildlife Ecology and Management, Wildlife Policy and Law, Conservation Biology, Ecology, Introductory Biology
Courses Taught: BIO 111 (Organismal Biology); BIO 423/523 (Wildlife Ecology & Management)
Research Interests: Invasive species ecology, aquatic invasive species management, fisheries management, fish population dynamics, simulation modeling
David Duriancik, Ph. D.
Education: Ph.D. Biochemical Human Nutrition, Michigan State University, 2010; B.S. Molecular Biology/Biotechnology, Clarion University of Pennsylvania, 2004
Relevant Experience: Visiting Assistant Professor, Thiel College, Biology Department, 2015; Postdoctoral Research Associate, Michigan State University, Nutritional Immunology, 2014; Office of Dietary Supplements Research Practicum, 2013; Dannon Nutrition Leadership Institute, 2011
Courses: Mammalian Physiology, Cell Biology Lab, Molecular Biology Lab
Research Interests: Dietary interventions in the treatment and prevention of infectious and chronic disease. Flow cytometry expertise and consultation.
Dwayne Etter, Ph.D
Education: Ph.D., Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana; M.S. Biology, Western Illinois University; B.S., Environmental Sciences, Stockton University
Relevant Experience: Wildlife Research Specialist, Michigan Department of Natural Resources (2002-present); Wildlife Ecologist, DuPage County Forest Preserve District (1994-1996); private environmental consultant (1987-1991). Adjunct Assistant Professor at Central Michigan University, Grand Valley State University, Michigan State University, and Wayne State University.
Courses at UM-Flint: Fish and Wildlife Policy
Research Interests: Mammalian ecology, wildlife policy and management, animal behavior, and population ecology.
Karmen Hollis-Etter, Ph. D.
Education: Ph.D., Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences, Wildlife Epidemiology, University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana; M.S., Biology, Wildlife Ecology, Western Illinois University; B.S., Agriculture, Animal Science, Western Illinois University
Relevant Experience: College level teaching in Introductory Biology, College Biology, Environmental Science, Human Anatomy and Physiology, Introductory Biostatistics, Microbiology, Nature Study, Organismal Biology, Pathophysiology, River Ecology, Zoology
Teaching Areas: Animal Behavior, Biology, Epidemiology, Human Anatomy and Physiology, Mammalogy, Wildlife Diseases, Wildlife Ecology, Wildlife Techniques
Courses at UM-Flint: BIO 167 (Human Anatomy and Physiology I); BIO 168 (Human Anatomy and Physiology II); BIO Ecological Pests; BIO Wildlife Diseases
Research Interests: Wildlife epidemiology especially zoonotic diseases, urban wildlife, terrestrial mammal ecology, animal behavior, disease ecology, spatial/temporal analysis
Elizabeth (Liz) Malinowski, M.S.
Education: M.S., Biology, Shippensburg State University, 1981; B.S., Wilkes College, 1978.
Teaching Areas: Anatomy, Histology.
Courses Taught: BIO 167 (Anatomy & Physiology I), BIO 407/507 (Human Macroscopic Anatomy), BIO 408/508 (Comparative Anatomy), BIO 418/518 (Lectures in Histology & Organology), BIO 419/519 (Histology & Organology Labs)
Research Interests: Hibernation physiology, biogeography.
Earl Mayhew, P.T.
Jennifer Miller, M.S.
Education: M.S., Biology, University of Michigan – Flint, 2004; B.A., Biology, Randolph – Macon Woman’s College, 1993.
Teaching Areas: Human Anatomy and Physiology
Courses Taught: BIO 167 (Human Anatomy and Physiology I); BIO 168 (Human Anatomy and Physiology II); BIO 432/532 (Mammalian Physiology)
Frank Miskevich, Ph. D.
Education: Ph.D., Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, California Institue of Technology, Pasadena, 1996; B.S. Concentration in Bio-Organic Chemistry, Eckerd College, St. Petersburg, 1990.
Relevant Experience: Postdoctoral training in developmental neurobiology at Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, and Massachusetts Institue of Technology, Yale University.
Teaching Areas: Cell Biology, Molecular Biology, Neuroscience.
Courses Taught: BIO 113 (Principles of Biology), BIO 326 (Cell Biology), BIO 477 (Biology Senior Seminar), BIO 501 (Topics in Cellular/Molecular Biology)
Research Interests: Molecular neural development, particularly the signaling pathways and gene activity which shapes the architecture of the brain; the role of cilia and growth factors which control the formation of brain ventricles.
Jon Morey, D.C.
Steve Myers, Ph. D.
Education: Ph.D., Anatomy and Cell Biology, University of Michigan, 1983; M.S., Biology, San Diego State University, 1978; B.S., Biology, University of California-Davis, 1972.
Relevant Experience: Postdoctoral training in neurophysiology at the University of California at Berkeley.
Teaching Areas: Cell Biology, Human Anatomy, Neuroanatomy-Physiology, Regional Anatomy, Renal Physiology
Courses Taught: BIO 326 (Cell Biology), ANE 533/BIO 445 & 545 (Regional Anatomy), BIO 167 Lab (Human Anatomy and Physiology)
Research Interests: Anatomy, physiology and molecular biology of the inner ear; instructional innovations in neuroscience.
Jennifer Phillips, B.A.S.
Jennifer (Jenny) Phillips is the Administrative Assistant Intermediate for the Biology Department. Jenny is responsible for supporting the Department Chair, the Director of the Master of Science in Biology program, and the Director of the Bachelor of Applied Science program. She manages the biology office; assists with biology course schedules; and supports faculty, staff and students in any capacity as needed. Her responsibilities also include travel and event planning, posting temporary job openings, assisting in hiring procedures, and processing updates to the departmental website. Jenny currently also serves as Secretary of UM-Flint's Staff Council. Jenny earned her BAS degree with a minor in Economics at UM-Flint. She also holds dual AAS degrees from C.S. Mott Community College in Accounting and Business Management. Prior to joining UM-Flint Biology in 2011, Jenny worked for 11 years as an entrepreneur who owned and managed a small business.
Danielle Potts, M.S.
Education: M.S., Biology, University of Michigan-Flint 2012; B.S., Zoology, Michigan State University, 2007
Teaching Areas: Animal Behavior, Organismal Biology, Ecology
Courses Taught: (BIO 111) Organismal Biology; (BIO 327) Ecology; (BIO 446/546) Animal Behavior
Megan Presland, M.A.
Education: M.A. Higher Education Administration, University of Michigan, 2017; Bachelor of Arts in Biology and Political Science, 2013.
Jerry Sanders, Ph. D.
Education: Ph.D. Microbiology, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, 1994; M.S. Zoology, East Texas State University, 1985; B.S., Botany/Zoology, 1979.
Teaching Areas: General Microbiology, Medical Bacteriology, Immunology, and Pathology.
Courses Taught: BIO 425 (Immunology); BIO 436 (Applied & Environmental Microbiology); BIO 438 (Medical Bacteriology); BIO 485 (Pathology)
Research Interests: Microbial pathogenesis and molecular genetics of Haemophilis somnus with specific interest in vaccine development.
Jill Slater, Ph. D.
Education: PhD Physiology, Wayne State University; BA Computer Science, Wayne State University; BS Environmental Engineering, University of Michigan.
Teaching Areas: I am fascinated with cells and how they work, and am privileged to teach in this area.
UM-Flint Courses Taught: BIO 113 (Principles of Biology); BIO 326 (Cell Biology); BIO 328 (Genetics); BIO 432 (Mammalian Physiology); BIO 467/468 labs (Molecular Biology of Prokaryote/Eukaryote); BIO 477 (Senior Seminar)
Other Courses: Human Anatomy and Physiology, Microbiology, Chemistry for Pre-Nursing
Ronald Stamper, Ph.D.
Education: Ph.D. in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Johns Hopkins University, 2011.
Postdoctoral Training: Carnegie Mellon University
Courses Taught: BIO 328 (Genetics), CHM 253, CHM 330, CHM 331, CHM 332, CHM 333, CHM 350.
Joe Sucic, Ph. D.
Education: Ph.D. Cellular and Molecular Biology, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 1992; M.S. Microbiology, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 1988; B.A. Biology, Thiel College, 1984
Teaching Areas: Genetics, Molecular Biology of Procaryotes, Molecular Biology of Eucaryotes, Molecular Genetics of Cancer.
Courses Taught: BIO 328 (Genetics), BIO 467 (Molecular Biology of Procaryotes), BIO 468 (Molecular Biology of Eucaryotes), BIO 501 (Graduate Seminar)
Research Interests: Structure, function, and trafficking of secretory system endoproteases; role of endoproteases in metastasis.
Melissa Szymanski, M.S.
Education: Currently pursuing a Ph.D., Fisheries and Wildlife and Ecology, Evolutionary Biology and Behavior, Certificate in College Teaching, Graduate Certificate in Spatial Ecology, Michigan State University; M.S., Biology, Geographic Information Systems Certificate, University of Michigan-Flint 2016; B.S., Wildlife Biology, University of Michigan-Flint, 2013
Teaching Areas: Organismal Biology, Herpetology, Advanced Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Spatial Ecology, GIS, Wildlife Techniques
Courses Taught: (BIO 111) Organismal Biology; (BIO 456/556) Herpetology; (BIO 503) Advanced Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Denise Taft, A.A.S.
Kevin Tang, Ph. D.
Education: Ph.D., Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Kansas, 2002; B.A., Biological Sciences, Cornell University, 1995.
Relevant Experience: Postdoctoral Researcher, American Museum of Natural History; Postdoctoral Fellow, Loyola University Chicago; Postdoctoral Researcher, Saint Louis University.
Teaching Areas: Cell Biology, Genetics, Human Anatomy, Ichthyology, Vertebrate Anatomy.
Courses Taught: BIO 104 (Biology: Its Human Implications II Laboratory), BIO 326 (Cell Biology Laboratory), BIO 328 (Genetics), BIO 455/555 (Biology, Ecology, and Management of Fishes), BIO 596 (Seminar).
Rebecca Tonietto, Ph.D.
Education: Ph.D. and M.S. Plant Biology and Conservation, Northwestern University and the Chicago Botanic Garden; B.A. Biology, Kalamazoo College
Relevant Experience: David H. Smith Conservation Research Fellow, Saint Louis University, 2015 – 2017
Courses taught: Organismal Biology (BIO 111), Ecology (BIO 327)
Research interests: Native bees, pollinator conservation, community ecology, restoration ecology, urban ecology, plant-pollinator interactions
Dennis Viele, M.S.
Education: M.S., Ecosystem Biology/Physiology, Eastern Michigan University, 1993; B.S., Biology, University of Michigan-Flint, 1989.
Teaching Areas: Human Physiology, Zoology, Mammalogy and Cellular Biology.
Courses Taught: BIO 103 (Human Implications I); BIO 104 (Human Implications II); BIO 301/504 (Biostatistics); BIO 326 (Cell Biology); BIO 421/521 (Mammology); BIO 431/531 (Camparative Animal Physiology); BIO 432/532 (Mammalian Physiology); BIO 477 (Functional and Physiological Ecology of Bats); BIO 502 (Advanced Topics in Organismal Biology)
Research Interests: Physiological ecology of bats and rodents, non-invasive age determination in deer. Recently started nutritional studies of Michigan Ruffed Grouse and lead concentration in the American Woodcock. Also is interested and published articles on the bats of Papua New Guinea.
Margaret (Peg) Ware, M.S.
Education: M.S., Biology, Eastern Michigan University, 1999; B.S., University of Michigan-Flint, 1993.
Teaching Areas: Microbiology, Anatomy and Physiology.
Courses Taught: BIO 167 (Anatomy & Physiology I); BIO 168 (Anatomy & Physiology II); BIO 407 (Human Macroscopic Anatomy); BIO 408 (Comparative Anatomy); BIO 434 (Human Anatomy); BIO 435 (Microbiology); BIO 436 (Applied & Environmental Microbiology)
Jill Witt, Ph. D.
Education: Ph.D., Forestry, Michigan Technological University; M.S., Biology, Grand Valley State University, B.S., Zoology, Michigan State University
Relevant Experience: Native American Tribal Wildlife Biologist 2010 - 2012
Teaching Areas: Forest Vegetation Identification, Forest Ecology, Introductory Biology, Zoology, Environmental Sciences
Research Interests: Forest ecology, forest-wildlife interactions, landscape and ecosystem ecology, plant phenology, small carnivore population and ecology
Nicole Yambrick, M.S., L.V.T.
Education: M.S., Biology, University Nebraska-Kearney, 2011; B.S., Biology, University of Michigan-Flint, 2003; B.A.S., University of Michigan-Flint, 2003; Veterinary Technology, Michigan State University, 1998.
Teaching Areas: Anatomy and Physiology
Courses Taught: BIO 104 (Human Implications-II), BIO 167 (Anatomy & Physiology I), BIO 168 (Anatomy & Physiology II), Bio 326 (Cell Biology), 408/508 (Comparative Anatomy)
Teresa Yoder-Nowak, M.S.
Education: M.S., Biology, University of Michigan-Flint, 2007; B.S., Biology, University of Michigan-Flint, 2005.
Teaching Areas: Ecology, Organismal, Conservation and Field Biology, Herpetology
Courses Taught: BIO 111 (Organismal Biology), BIO 327 (Ecology), BIO 460/560 (Conservation Biology), BIO 480/580 (Field Biology), BIO 483/583 (Special Topics), BIO 502 (Topics in Organismal Biology)
Research Interests: Natural history and ecology of amphibians, reptiles and birds (with particular emphasis on population dynamics, species interactions and habitat use of terrestrial salamanders and lizards in Michigan)