Biology and Environmental Health

Biology Faculty

Jennifer Dennis, Department Head

Jennifer Dennis

Education: B.A., University of Missouri - Kansas City; M.S., University of Arizona; Ph.D., University of Kansas
Teaching Responsibilities:  Oral Histology & Embryology, Human Anatomy, Human Anatomy and Physiology, General Biology
Specialties/Research Interests:  Embryology, developmental biology, craniofacial development, congenital birth defects
Advising Areas: Pre-Medicine, Pre-Physician Assistant, Pre-Dental
Personal Interests:  Running, ballet, cooking, college and professional football, Jayhawk basketball.  Having fun with my husband and son!
Contact: RH 215, 417-625-3569, dennis-j@mssu.edu

 


Teresa Boman

Teresa Boman pictureEducation: Arkansas State University, Environmental Sciences, Ph.D .
Teaching Responsibilities:   General Biology, Principles of Biology I and II, Aquatic Ecology
Specialties/Research Interests:   Water quality, Limnology, Aquatic Invertebrates
Personal Interests:  Family, being outdoors, running, yoga
Contact: RH 312, 417-625-9704, boman-t@mssu.edu



Bradley Creamer

Bradley Creamer photoEducation: B.S., Washington State University; M.S., University of Nebraska – Lincoln; Ph.D., University of Nebraska – Medical Center
Teaching Responsibilities: General Biology, Molecular Biology, Genetics
Specialties/Research Interests: Genetic factors of cancer development, mammary gland development, biotechnology in medicine
Advising Areas: Biotechnology, Pre-Medicine
Personal Interests: Family, triathlons, running, hiking, camping, organic gardening, raising chickens
Contact: RH 312, 417-625-3567, creamer-b@mssu.edu

 

Mike Fletcher

Mike Fletcher

Education: M.S., University of Oklahoma; Ph.D., Oklahoma State University
Teaching Responsibilities: Environmental Health, Environmental Protection, Risk Assessment, Epidemiology, Soil Morphology and Sewage Systems, Food and Community Sanitation, Solid Waste Management, Vector Control, Environmental Management
Specialties/Research Interests: Ten plus years as Environmental Specialist with Oklahoma Dept. of Health and Oklahoma Dept. of Environmental Quality
Advising Areas: Environmental Health
Personal Interests:
Contact:
RH 313A, 417-625-9765, fletcher-m@mssu.edu

 

Rolland Fraser

Rolland Fraser

Education:  B.S. and M.S., Emporia State University; Ph.D., University of Nebraska - Lincoln
Teaching Responsibilities:  General Biology, Principles of Biology, Computer Applications in Biology
Specialties/Research Interests:  Biogeography, Remote Sensing of Terrestrial and Aquatic Ecosystem
Advising Areas: Biology - General
Personal Interests: Hiking, photography, Taekwondo, All 4 Seasons and Water in its Seasonal Forms
Contact: RH 322A, 417-625-3104, fraser-r@mssu.edu

 

Kip Heth

Kip Heth

Education: M.S., Northeastern State University; M.Div., CBTS; Ph.D., University of Arkansas
Teaching Responsibilities: General Biology, Principles of Biology, Aquatic Ecology
Specialties/Research Interests: Freshwater invertebrate community ecology, invertebrate production, Ozark fish community ecology
Advising Areas: Biology – Conservation or Aquatic; Pre-Physical Therapy
Personal Interests: Bird watching, woodworking
Contact: RH 313B, 417-625-9698, heth-r@mssu.edu


Donna Johnson

Donna Johnson photo Education: D.V.M., University of Missouri
Teaching Responsibilities: Human Anatomy, Human Anatomy and Physiology, Principles of Biology I, Introduction to Life Sciences
Specialties/Research Interests: Advanced dissection, Zoonoses
Advising Areas: Biology – Pre-Med, Pre-Physical Therapy, Pre-Veterinary Medicine
Personal Interests: Organic gardening
Contact: Ummel Technology RH 322B, 417-625-3556, johnson-d@mssu.edu

 

Mike Kennedy

Mike Kennedy

Education: M.S., Montana Tech of the University of Montana
Teaching Responsibilities: Hazardous Materials and Waste Management, Environmental Regulations and Program Administrations, Occupational Health and Safety, General Biology
Specialties/Research Interests: Hazardous waste investigation and remediation
Advising Areas: Environmental Health
Personal Interests: Golf, lawn and gardening
Contact: RH 312, 417-625-9857, kennedy-m@mssu.edu

 

Mike Lawson

Mike Lawson

Education: M.S., Pittsburg State University; Ed.D., University of Missouri
Teaching Responsibilities: Microbiology, Techniques in Microbiology, Anatomy and Physiology, Principles of Biology
Specialties/Research Interests: Investigations into antibiotic resistance
Advising Areas: Science Education, Biology - Microbiology, Pre-Medicine, Pre-Physician Assistant
Personal Interests: Nebraska Cornhusker football, quail and pheasant hunting, St. Louis Cardinals baseball
Contact: RH 317C, 417-625-9730, lawson-m@mssu.edu

 

Alla Peters

Alla Peters

Education:
Teaching Responsibilities:
Anatomy and Physiology, Pathophysiology
Specialties/Research Interests:
Advising Areas:
Pre-Medicine
Personal Interests:
Contact:
RH 311, 417-625-9534, peters-a@mssu.edu

 

Karen Plucinski

Karen Plucinski

Education: Ph.D., University of Maine
Teaching Responsibilities: General Ecology, Conservation Biology, Evolution, Anatomy and Physiology, Principles of Biology
Specialties/Research Interests: Wildlife ecology and conservation
Advising Areas: Biology – Ecology and Conservation, Pre-Physical Therapy
Personal Interests: Marathon running, hiking
Contact: Ummel Technology 111A, 417-625-9891, plucinski-k@mssu.edu

 

Vickie Roettger

Vickie Roettger

Education: Ph.D., Wright State University
Teaching Responsibilities: Molecular Biology, Cell Biology, Pathophysiology, Human Physiology, Principle of Biology
Specialties/Research Interests: Neurophysiology, neurochemistry, cell signaling, cancer
Advising Areas: Pre-medicine
Personal Interests: My cat, reading, needlework, travel, photography
Contact: RH 309, 417-625-3176, roettger-v@mssu.edu

 

Gerald Schlink

Gerald Schlink

Education: Ph.D., University of Missouri
Teaching Responsibilities: Genetics, Microbiology, Immunology, Pathogenic Bacteriology, Virology
Specialties/Research Interests: Bioinformatics, digital microscopy
Advising Areas: Bioinformatics, Biology – Forensic Science, Pre-Medicine, Pre-Dental
Personal Interests: Sportsman (fishing and hunting – mostly birds), gardening, dancing
Contact: RH 317D, 417-625-9764, schlink-g@mssu.edu

 

Scott Wells

Scott Wells

Education: D.V.M, University of Missouri
Teaching Responsibilities: Principles of Biology, Human Physiology, Pathophysiology
Specialties/Research Interests: Pathology
Advising Areas: Pre-Veterinary Medicine, Pre-Optometry, Pre-Pharmacy
Personal Interests: Time with the family, travel, DIY projects, Go Mizzou!
Contact: RH 320, 417-625-9510, wells-s@mssu.edu

 

James Jackson

James Jackson

Professor Emeritus
Education: Ph.D., Rutgers – The State University of New Jersey
Responsibilities: Advising, Internships
Specialties/Research Interests: Landscape restoration at historic grassland sites
Advising Areas: Biology – all areas
Personal Interests: Photography
Contact: RH 308, 417-6259578, Jackson-j@mssu.edu

 

John Messick

John Messick

Professor Emeritus
Education:
 Ph.D., University of Idaho
Teaching Responsibilities: Comparative Anatomy, Human Anatomy, Anatomy and Physiology, Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
Specialties/Research Interests: Computing and Data Analysis, GIS
Advising Areas: Transfer and new majors
Personal Interests: Running, cycling, and all things mechanical or technical
Contact: Ummel Technology 111B, 417-625-9341, messick-j@mssu.edu

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