Communications and SPC Administrator, Drinking Source Water Protection Division of the Sault Ste. Marie Region Conservation Authority (Ontario)
"Most natural science classes at LSSU offer students as much hands-on experience (lab hours) as lecture hours, which ensures that the university experience prepares us for the real world careers, whether you work at a desk or out in the field, or both. There are endless advantages and opportunities available to LSSU students due to its location on an international border.
I found my career path on campus when my advisor posted a job for the Bi-national Public Advisory Council (BPAC), a group dedicated to and overseeing the clean-up the St. Mary's River. I was able to gain experience and network on both sides of the border, ultimately finding full-time employment before I graduated with my biology degree."
Loralei Premo '07
Faculty and Staff
Thomas Allan, Ph.D.
B.S. 1973, Central Michigan University
M.S. 1978, Michigan Technological University
Ph.D. 1984, University of Maine
Kristin Arend, Ph.D.
B.A. 1996, Oberlin College
M.S. 2002, Ohio State University
Ph.D. 2008 Cornell University
Barbara I. Evans, Ph.D.
B.Sc. 1980 University of Ottawa, Canada
Ph.D. 1986 University of Kansas
Jason Garvon, Ph.D.
B.S. 1998, Northern Michigan University
M.S. 2001, Northern Michigan University
Ph.D. 2005, Texas A&M University - Kingsville/Texas A&M University
Nancy Kirkpatrick, Ph.D.
B.S. 1972, Miami University
M.S. 1979, Ph.D. 1993, Miami University-Oxford, OH
Martha Hutchens, Ph.D.
B.S. 2003, Michigan State University
Ph.D. 2008, University of Michigan
Jun Li, Ph.D.
B.S. 1992, Wichan University
M.S. 1995, Institute of Hydobiology
Ph.D. 2002, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Dennis Merkel, Ph.D.
B.S. 1977, MS 1983, State University of New York-Syracuse
Ph.D. 1988, Michigan State University
Ashley Moerke, Ph.D.
B.S. 1996, University of Minnesota Duluth
M.S. 2000, Ph.D. 2004, University of Notre Dame
Britton D. Ranson-Olson, Ph.D.
B.S. 1999, Lake Superior State University
M.S. 2001, Michigan Technological University
Ph.D. 2007 Oakland University
John Roese, Ph.D.
B.S.F 1982, MS 1984, Stephen F. Austin State University
Ph.D. 1989, Texas A & M University
Certified Wildlife Biologist
Geoff Steinhart, Ph.D.
B.S. 1993, University of Wisconsin-Madison
M.S. 1997, Utah State University
Ph.D. 2004, Ohio State University
Department Secretary (II)
Gregory Zimmerman, Ph.D.
Head, Department of Biological Sciences
B.S. 1977, Fort Hays State University
M.S. 1981, Oklahoma State University
M.S. 1983, North Dakota State University
Ph.D. 1987, Colorado State University
Outside the Classroom
"I have a number of projects I do that through the Binational Public Advisory Council that involve addressing local environmental concerns in the St. Marys River. It's not just academics, but also working with the community on real, current concerns. I rely on students to do a lot of that work. They have taken on responsibilities beyond what a typical undergrad would do. As a result, they've left here with very impressive resumes that helped them secure jobs in that field."
Jonathon studied the foraging behavior of white-tailed deer. Previous studies claim that deer have the ability to determine which vegetation will benefit them the most during different times of the year. In the fall, deer select diets high in energy content to maintain body mass and temperature. Nachazel's study explored the relationship between preferred white-tailed deer forage and energy levels found in the three types of vegetation. His results will assist managers in helping decrease mortality rates during the winter.