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.)
Phone:
614-823-1517
Email: drhodeback@otterbein.edu

Jennifer Bennett

Jennifer Bennett

Associate Professor & Department Chair


Dr. Bennett is a microbial geneticist who teaches courses in cell biology, microbiology, microbial genetics and bioinformatics.  Students in her research program identify new genes involved in bacterial development and antibiotic production using a multi-disciplinary approach which incorporates microbiology, molecular biology, biochemistry, analytical chemistry and bioinformatics. Dr. Bennett has also served as the chair of the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) national science teaching fellows program designed to train doctoral students and post-doctoral fellows for careers as professors at primarily…

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Elizabeth (Beaux) Berkeley

Elizabeth (Beaux) Berkeley

Assistant Professor


Dr. Berkeley is an Assistant Professor at Otterbein University.  She teaches introductory biology and upper level classes in animal reproduction and conservation.  She also co-teaches wildlife rehabilitation and wildlife medicine to the Zoo and Conservation Science students.  She has a B.S. in Biology from Hiram College, an M.S. in Veterinary Clinical Sciences from The Ohio State University and her PhD from Victoria University of Wellington (New Zealand). Dr. Berkeley is affiliated with the Rory Hensman Conservation Research Unit (South Africa),…

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Sarah Bouchard

Sarah Bouchard

Professor


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.

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Andrew Calinger-Yoak

Andrew Calinger-Yoak

Assistant Professor


Dr. Calinger-Yoak is a member of the core Anatomy and Physiology instructors at Otterbein and is responsible for the Anatomy and Physiology and the Pathophysiology courses. His teaching experience includes perspectives from human medicine, evolutionary biology, as well as comparative anatomy. Andrew’s research has taken him to India and Ethiopia to work on free roaming dogs as well as here in central Ohio working with raccoons. His passion for a particular brand of computer modeling, agent-based modeling, has let him…

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Michael Hoggarth

Michael Hoggarth

Professor


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,…

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Simon K. Lawrance

Simon K. Lawrance

Professor


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 twenty-five 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…

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Jeffrey S. Lehman

Jeffrey S. Lehman

Professor


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…

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Halard L. Lescinsky

Halard L. Lescinsky

Professor


Dr. Halard Lescinsky is a Paleontologist, evolutionary biologist, 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 evolution, coral reef ecology, historical geology, marine science, and field geology.  He currently researches coral reefs and how their fossils and recent geologic record can improve our understanding of how reefs respond to…

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Lisa Marr

Associate Professor


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…

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David C. Sheridan

David C. Sheridan

Assistant Professor


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.

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Brandon Sinn

Assistant Professor


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Kevin Svitana

Associate Professor


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…

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Anna M. Young

Anna M. Young

Associate Professor, Director of the Zoo & Conservation Science Program


As Director of the Zoo and Conservation Science Program, Dr. Young teaches Introduction to Zoo and Conservation Science, Conservation Biology, Animal Behavior, and leads practicums that occur at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. Before attending graduate school she worked at the Phoenix Zoo as a zookeeper, and at Reid Park Zoo as a zoo educator. Dr. Young’s research focuses on vocal learning and social behavior in parrots, in both her aviary of budgerigars and in fieldwork in South Africa on…

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Donna Rhodeback

Donna Rhodeback

Administrative Assistant


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Erin Ulrich

Erin Ulrich

Lab Coordinator


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…

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Part Time Faculty in Biology & Earth Science

Janice Countaway

Part-Time Faculty in Biology & Earth Science


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Alexander Fotis

Part-Time Faculty in Biology & Earth Science


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Karen Cook Hoggarth

Part-Time Faculty in Biology & Earth Science


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Elizabeth Hoskins

Part-Time Faculty in Biology & Earth Science


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Gary Jackson

Part-Time Faculty in Biology & Earth Science


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Troy Markham

Part-Time Faculty in Biology & Earth Science


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Steven McKee

Part-Time Faculty in Biology & Earth Science


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Stephen Pearson

Part-Time Faculty in Biology & Earth Science


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Ken Peterman

Part-Time Faculty in Biology & Earth Science


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Raleigh Ricart

Part-Time Faculty in Biology & Earth Science


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Erik Paul Rothacker

Part-Time Faculty in Biology & Earth Science


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