Faculty & Staff in Biology & Earth Science
Biology & Earth Science Office Information
Department Chair: Dr. Jennifer Bennett
Location: Science Center 236, 155 W. Main St.
Hours: Monday – Friday (8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.)
Contact: Donna Rhodeback, Administrative Assistant
Dr. Bouchard is a physiological ecologist who specializes in reptile and amphibian nutrition. She has a very active research lab, with undergraduates conducting projects both in Ohio and Panama. Her most recent students have examined developmental plasticity in amphibians pre- and post-metamorphosis. Dr. Bouchard teaches Ecology and Vertebrate Biology, as well as Gender and Biology for the Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program. She is also an active part of Zoo and Conservation Science program.
Dr. Calinger-Yoak earned a Ph.D. from The Ohio State University in 2015 which focused on management strategies in wildlife populations. He uses veterinary, ecological, and computer modeling focused strategies to tackle complex problems. Through his experiences with agent-based modeling, he helped to create open-source projects that span the fields of veterinary medicine, ecology, mathematics, anthropology, and economics. In addition to academic research, he has taught many courses ranging from Introductory Biology to Human and Animal Physiology.
Dr. Michael Hoggarth is an aquatic ecologist who teaches classes for majors and non-majors at Otterbein. He is a member of the Zoo and Conservation Science Committee and the STEAM Advisory Council. He teaches Field Zoology, Invertebrate Zoology, part of the Introductory Animals and Ecology course and Aquatic Ecology to majors. His non-majors classes include Water for Life and Damn Dams! His research focuses on the assessment of aquatic ecosystem integrity and the ecology of freshwater mussels in the family,…
Dr. Lawrance teaches in the Introductory Biology sequence, the Integrative Studies Program, Human Microbiology and advanced courses in Molecular Genetics and Immunology. His research centers on autoimmune diseases and conservation genetics. His career accomplishments include thirty years of University level teaching; twenty peer reviewed research articles and numerous chapters & reviews; ten funded grants including the National Science Foundation, the Cancer Research Institute, the John Templeton Foundation and the United States Department of Wildlife; five years leading service-learning experiential travel…
Dr. Lehman is a broadly trained plant biologist with interests in host-plant interactions, plant toxicity, tropical and temperate agriculture, and the evolution of cultivated and natural plants. He teaches courses in genetics, plant diversity, plant physiology, dendrology, and tropical ecology/agriculture. Dr. Lehman’s research addresses: 1) the interactions between plants and their pathogens, 2) the toxicity of leaf extracts of Acer species to horses, and 3) the evolution of dioecy. Dr. Lehman also directs service-learning projects (e.g., semi-annual plant sale) and…
Dr. Halard Lescinsky is a coral reef ecologist, paleontologist, and field geologist. He directs the Aquarium track within the Zoo and Conservation Science Program, and leads travel courses to Belize (coral reefs and rainforest) and to the desert southwest (field geology). He teaches a variety of courses including coral reef ecology, evolution, historical geology, marine science, and field geology. His research explores coral reefs and how their recent geologic record and fossils can help us understand reef processes and how…
Dr. Marr not only teaches in the Anatomy and Physiology sequences and an INST course, she also serves as a Pre-Professional Health advisor to students in any major on campus who are aspiring to attend a professional-health program after graduating from Otterbein. In addition, Dr. Marr oversees all students in Otterbein/ Ohio University’s Heritage College of Medicine’s Early Assurance Program – EAP students are accepted into Otterbein and OU HCOM at the same time, and may elect to start their…
Alicia Rich is a molecular primatologist and one of the core faculty in the Zoo and Conservation Science Program. She teaches the Introductory Biology Sequence, Wildlife Rehabilitation and Education, Zoo Management and Conservation Engagement, Animal Reproduction, and Conservation Biology. Rich directs the lab for Primates in Anthropogenic Landscapes (PAL). Her lab members analyze genetic samples collected from captive and wild primates all over the world. In addition to her lab on campus, Rich leads research in Itwara Forest Reserve in…
At Otterbein University, Dr. Sheridan teaches courses in anatomy & physiology, cellular & molecular biology, and neuroscience. He is a cellular physiologist with particular interests in sensory systems neuroscience. His current research focuses on 1) central nervous system development, 2) potential interactions between membrane channels and receptors, and 3) constructing and improving modular microscopes.
Dr. Sinn is a botanist whose research leverages molecular and morphological techniques to answer questions central to our understanding of the diversification of lineages and their evolutionary relationships, the transfer of genetic material between distantly related organisms, conservation, and organellar genome evolution. Dr. Sinn joined the department in 2019 after serving as a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Barrett Lab at West Virginia University where his work focused on conservation genetics, comparative genomics, and ecological niche modeling. He also served as…
Dr. Svitana, joined the Otterbein faculty in 2007. He has more than 35 years of experience as a geologist, and over 33 years as a hydrogeologist, and is a professional geologist and an Ohio Voluntary Action Program (VAP) Certified Environmental Professional. Dr. Svitana’s diverse professional experience ranges from mineral and water resource evaluation and environmental impact studies, to the assessment and remediation of hazardous waste sites. He works with regulated entities regarding environmental compliance and safety. He is Director of…
Erin helps keep laboratory courses in Biology and Earth Science running smoothly. She works closely with the instructors to have the solutions, equipment, supplies, and organisms ready for action before the students arrive in their classroom. She assists the research projects by managing the departmental stockroom and overseeing scientific materials purchases. Her research experience includes laboratory work mapping human muscular disorders, technical work sequencing loblolly pine EST’s, and doctoral research using AFLP’s to analyze the population structure of a medicinal…
Part Time Faculty in Biology & Earth Science