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Prior to my time at Lake State, my professors rarely learned students' names and my classes often felt impersonal. I didn't realize how important that faculty interaction could be until I spent a few weeks here. The personal attention is motivating, often pushing me to work harder than I would have otherwise.

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Outstanding Faculty
Thomas Allan, Ph.D.


Thomas Allan, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
B.S. 1973, Central Michigan University
M.S. 1978, Michigan Technological University
Ph.D. 1984, University of Maine

 

Barbara I. Evans, Ph.D


Barbara I. Evans, Ph.D.

Professor
B.Sc. 1980 University of Ottawa, Canada
Ph.D. 1986 University of Kansas

 

Jason Garvon, Ph.D

Jason Garvon, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
B.S. 1998, Northern Michigan University
M.S. 2001, Northern Michigan University
Ph.D. 2005, Texas A&M University - Kingsville/Texas A&M University

 

Neal Godby, Jr.

Neal Godby, Jr.

Adjunct Professor
Senior Fisheries Biologist, Michigan DNR
B.S. 1994, University of Michigan
M..S. 2000, University of Michigan

 

Sheri Glowinski, Ph.D

Sheri Glowinski, Ph.D

Assistant Professor
B.A. 2001, Northeastern Illinois University
Ph.D. 2013, University of Southern Mississippi


Martha Hutchens, Ph.D


Martha Hutchens, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
B.S. 2003, Michigan State University
Ph.D. 2008, University of Michigan

 

Nancy Kirkpatrick, Ph.D


Nancy Kirkpatrick, Ph.D.

Professor
B.S. 1972, Miami University
M.S. 1979, Ph.D. 1993, Miami University-Oxford, OH

 

Emily Martin


Emily Martin

Instructor
MS 2013, Central Michigan University
BS 2011, Northern Michigan University

 

Jun Li, Ph.D


Jun Li, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
B.S. 1992, Wichan University
M.S. 1995, Institute of Hydobiology
Ph.D. 2002, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

 

Dennis Merkel, Ph.D


Dennis Merkel, Ph.D.

Professor
B.S. 1977, MS 1983, State University of New York-Syracuse
Ph.D. 1988, Michigan State University

 

Ashley Moerke, Ph.D


Ashley Moerke, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
B.S. 1996, University of Minnesota Duluth
M.S. 2000, Ph.D. 2004, University of Notre Dame

 

Britton D. Ranson-Olson, Ph.D


Britton D. Ranson-Olson, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
B.S. 1999, Lake Superior State University
M.S. 2001, Michigan Technological University
Ph.D. 2007 Oakland University

 

John Roese, Ph.D


John Roese, Ph.D.

Professor
B.S.F 1982, MS 1984, Stephen F. Austin State University
Ph.D. 1989, Texas A & M University
Certified Wildlife Biologist

 


Donna White

Department Secretary (II)

 

 

Gregory Zimmerman, Ph.D


Gregory Zimmerman, Ph.D.

Professor
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

 


  


The senior thesis is the capstone experience for all students in the School of Biological Sciences at LSSU. Students choose a topic, design a study, collect and analyze the data, write a scientific paper and present the information to the university community and interested members of the public. Projects typically take 2 years for the students to design and complete, and often address practical issues of local biological and environmental concerns. Students work on these projects, as professional scientists, in conjucntion with a faculty mentor.


Faculty and staff with Lake Superior State University's biology and chemistry departments pose with an enlarged cover of the Journal of Great Lakes Research, published by the International Association for Great Lakes Research. Behind them is the International Bridge that spans the St. Mary's River and the US-Canadian border. This special issue of the Journal dealt exclusively with the ecology of the St. Mary's River, and was co-edited by biology professor Ashley Moerke and chemistry professor Marshall Werner. It features ten papers about the river, eight of which are authored by nine LSSU students and ten faculty and staff. Four papers received awards at the 2012 IAGLR meeting in Cornwall, Ont., for being the top 25 most cited in 2011. From left are authors Barb Keller, dean of the College of Natural and Mathematical Sciences; chemist Ben Southwell, manager of LSSU's Environmental Analysis Laboratory; biology professor Greg Zimmerman; Marshall Werner; Ashley Moerke, who is also co-director of LSSU's Aquatic Research Laborartory; and Roger Greil, Aquatic Research Laboratory manager.

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."

--Greg Zimmerman
Professor

Outstanding Support

Students at Lake Superior State University chose biology professor Ashley Moerke Ph.D. as the 2011 recipient of the university's Excellence in Academic Advising Award.

Moerke has mentored more than 35 undergraduate students on thesis projects. More than half of these thesis students have presented their research at regional or national scientific meetings. She has also published more than 20 scientific papers and book chapters, nine of which were authored or co-authored by LSSU undergraduates. In her role as biology professor and co-director of LSSU's Aquatic Research Laboratory, she has acquired grant funding to employ more than 30 LSSU students and provide many more with excellent hands-on experiences. She has encouraged and supported 100-plus students to attend professional scientific conferences and helped them foster professional networks.

Her former students are in graduate study or professional research positions at Michigan State University, University of Michigan, University of Notre Dame, University of Florida, Idaho State University, Utah State University, Colorado State University, Central Michigan University, Northern Michigan University, and the University of Wisconsin.

Many have careers with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Michigan DNR and DEQ; state departments of fish and wildlife in California, Florida, and Wyoming; the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources; and various nature centers and watershed councils.

 

Student Research...

Linden, Michigan

Jon assessed algae for potential biodiesel production. Two species were examined, Pediastrum sp. which has never been assessed for the amount of oil it could produce and Chlamydomonas sp., which has a known content of oil for biodiesel. The study found that Pediastrum sp. produced about 5% oil per dry mass compared to 24%. for Chlamydomonas sp. Hayes concludes that Pediastrum sp. would not be efficient for biodiesel production.

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