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Biology Faculty

Stephen F. Baron
Harry G.M. Jopson Chair of BIology
Department Chair
Professor of Biology
Office: McKinney 107
540-828-5616
sbaron@bridgewater.edu
Personal Website
B.S., M.S. Biology, University of Dayton
Ph.D., Anaerobic Microbiology, Virginia Tech
Postdoctoral research, Medical College of Virginia: molecular biology of bile acid metabolism by colon bacteria
Teaching Fields: General, environmental, and pathogenic microbiology; molecular biology; human genetics; microtechnique, introductory majors and non-majors biology
Research Interests: Production and biodegradation of polyhydroxyalkanoates (bacterial plastics); biofuels; microbial fuel cells
Advisor: Alpha Chi
Outside Interests: music, woodworking, gardening
Kimberly J. Bolyard
Associate Professor of Biology
Office: McKinney 153
540-828-5427
kbolyard@bridgewater.edu
Personal Website
B.A., International Studies, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill
B.A., Biology, Indiana University
Ph.D., Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Indiana University
Postdoctoral Fellow, AAAS Science and Diplomacy Fellow at U.S. Agency for International Development
Teaching Fields: Ecology, evolution, animal behavior, biology of fishes, marine ecology, introductory majors and non-majors biology
Research Interests: communication and reproduction in fishes and how these behaviors may have evolved by female mate choice and by male-male competition for mates; behavior of freshwater fish in polluted and in non-polluted streams
Outside Interests: reading, watching movies and ACC basketball, snorkeling, scuba diving
Tracy L. Deem
Assistant Professor of Biology
Office: McKinney 159
540-515-3745
tdeem@bridgewater.edu
B.S., Biochemistry, Marietta College
Ph.D., Pathobiology and Molecular Medicine, University of Cincinnati
Postdoctoral research, University of Virginia: white blood cell trafficking and atherosclerosis,
Teaching Fields: Human biology, animal nutrition, histology, immunology, introductory majors and non-majors biology
Research Interests: White blood cell trafficking and the role of the antimicrobial peptide LL-37 in autoimmunity.
Advisor: Premedical Society
Outside Interests: cooking, reading, sitting on the beach
Moshe Khurgel
Associate Professor of Biology
Office: McKinney 118
540-515-3767
mkhurgel@bridgewater.edu
B.S., Neuroscience, University of Toronto
Ph.D., Anatomy and Cell Biology, University of Toronto
Postdoctoral research, University of Virginia: neurobiology of post-traumatic regeneration, adult stem cells
Teaching Fields: Human and animal physiology, stem cell biology, human diversity, introductory majors and non-majors biology
Research Interests: Stem cells in morphogenesis during development and regeneration; STEM education and science policy.
Outside Interests: roller hockey, K-12 science education, cooking, learning guitar
Tamara L. Johnstone-Yellin
Assistant Professor of Biology
Office: McKinney 127
540-828-5425
tyellin@bridgewater.edu 
B.S. Biology, University of Puget Sound
M.S. Natural Resource Sciences (Wildlife Ecology), Washington State University
Ph.D., Environmental Natural Resource Sciences (Wildlife Ecology), Washington State University
Postdoctoral research, Wright State University, Forest Ungulate Research Network
Teaching Fields: Forest and wildlife management, ecology, introductory majors and non-majors biology 
Research Interests: Ungulate ecology, facultative sex allocation in herbivores, behavioral and nutritional ecology of herbivores.
Outside Interests: reading, gardening, baking
Timothy A. Kreps
Associate Professor of Biology;
Director of the Environmental Science Program
Office: McKinney 133
tkreps@bridgewater.edu
B.A., Environmental Studies, Manchester College
M.S., Environmental Science, Indiana University
Ph.D., Biology, University of Notre Dame
Teaching Fields: Environmental science, biostatistics, field biology and natural history, conservation biology, freshwater ecology, introductory majors and non-majors biology
Research Interests: Community ecology, freshwater ecology, human impacts on fisheries, and invasive species.
Advisor: Outdoorsman Club, Ultimate Frisbee Club
Outside Interests: Ultimate Frisbee
Gavin Lawson
Associate Professor of Biology
Office: McKinney 141
540-828-5467
glawson@bridgewater.edu
B.S., Geology, University of Illinois, Urbana
M.S., Geology, University of Arizona, Tucson
Ph.D., Biology, University of Illinois, Urbana
Teaching Fields: Human and comparative anatomy, histology, martial arts of medieval Europe and Britain
Research Interests: Hybridization among the subspecies of eastern newts (Notophthalmus viridescens), terrestrial habitat use by vernal pond amphibians and the effects of forest roads on salamander abundance.
Advisor: Comitatus
Outside Interests: Medieval swordfighting and anachronism
Edgar B. Lickey
Associate Professor of Biology; Herbarium and Greenhouse Manager
Office: McKinney 149
540-828-5426
elickey@bridgewater.edu
B.S., Biology, St. Andrews Presbyterian College
M.S., Biology, Appalachian State
Ph.D., Botany, University of Tennessee
Postdoctoral research, systematics of Hibiscus sect. furcaria, Great Smoky Mountain mushroom inventory, DNA sequence variability in the touch response genes (TCH) of Arabidopsis, University of Tennessee
Teaching Fields: Botany, plant taxonomy, summer flora, winter ecology, economic botany, introductory majors and non-majors biology
Research Interests: Plant and fungal taxonomy and systematics, covering everything from species inventories of natural areas to molecular analysis
Advisor: Rugby Club
Outside Interests: Rugby, hiking, canoeing
Robyn Puffenbarger
Associate Professor of Biology
Office: McKinney 157
540-828-5713
rpuffenb@bridgewater.edu
Personal Website
B.S., Biology, Virginia Tech
Ph.D., Molecular Genetics and Immunology, Medical College of Virginia
Postdoctoral research, State University of New York at Stony Brook
Teaching Fields: Genetics, biochemistry, immunology, ornithology, introductory majors and non-majors biology, bioethics
Research Interests: Understanding the genetic expression patterns of fatty acid amide hydrolase and cannabinoid receptors.
Advisor: Premed Society, Frisbee Golf Club
Outside Interests: Bird-watching, Frisbee golfing, Virginia certified master gardener
Eric Yoshizuka
Instructor of Biology and Laboratory Coordinator
Office: McKinney 118A
540-828-8026
eyoshizu@bridgewater.edu
B.S., Evolution, Ecology, and Biodiversity, University of California, Davis
M.S., Biology, University of Virginia
Teaching Fields: Introductory majors and non-majors biology
Research Interests: Phenotypic plasticity and life history in plants
Outside Interests: Football, baseball, comic books