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600 West Walnut Street
Danville, KY 40422
Christine Barton is a professor of biology, emeritus at Centre College, where she taught from 1981 until 2014. She has served as chair of the Division of Science and Mathematics and has been a Centre Scholar.
Barton’s research interests have focused on behavioral and ecological interactions in aquatic systems. Some of the specific collaborative projects that she has sponsored include the effect of predators on the substrate selection and microhabitat utilization by prey species, factors influencing the distribution of the northern studfish in central Kentucky streams, and assessments of water quality using macroinvertebrate indices.
Barton is committed to improving the quality of science education at the elementary and secondary school levels. During the 1990s, she directed a summer science camp on the Centre campus for elementary and middle school students. She has also organized hands-on science workshop for both elementary and high school teachers.
Barton earned a B.A. in biology from the University of Vermont, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in fisheries biology from Oregon State University.
File last updated: 5/2/13
EXPERT: Biological conservation — Fisheries biology — Population dynamics
Areas of expertise include genetics, evolutionary biology, aquatic ecology, and human anatomy and physiology. Research interests focus on predatory-prey interactions in aquatic systems. Committed to working closely with area schools to improve science education at the pre-college level.
Amanda Falk graduated with a B. S. (Honors) in Biology from Lake Superior State University, performing a senior thesis on molecular and morphometric sexing of bald eagles and related species. She received her M.S. and PhD in Geology from the University of Kansas, studying avian paleontology and ichnology—trace fossils—as well as anatomy and behavior of modern birds. During this time she began research in China and South Korea, supported by a U.S. Fulbright Grant from 2011-2012 that provided the opportunity to perform extensive research in China.
She has expertise in paleobiology, evolutionary biology, functional morphology, and fossil behavior. Her current research interests are studies of fossil avian anatomy, avian ichnology (the study of preserved behavior known as trace fossils—footprints, burrows, etc.), comparative studies of modern avian anatomy, studies of modern avian footprint production and tracemaking behavior, laser-stimulated fluorescence of fossils, and paleobiodiversity and mass extinction.
File last updated 9/13/16
Mark Galatowitsch joined Centre’s faculty in 2015 as assistant professor of biology.
His research focuses on the strategies aquatic and terrestrial invertebrates use to exploit dynamic environments. Galatowitsch uses a combination of extensive field surveys, field and laboratory experiments, and population genetics to test hypotheses in ecology and evolution. He has studied life-histories of generalist aquatic insects that exist across New Zealand permanent lakes and unpredictable temporary ponds, mass mayfly nymph migrations from Georgia river channels to seasonal floodplain wetlands, and leafhopper behavioral responses to predatory birds in Costa Rica. He enjoys mentoring research students keen to study entomology, freshwater ecology, and applied environmental science topics.
Galatowitsch received a B.S. in biology from Allegheny College, an M.S. in entomology from the University of Georgia, and a Ph.D. in ecology from the University of Canterbury.
File last updated 9/14/15
Anne Lubbers is professor of biology at Centre College, where she has taught since 1993.
A plant ecologist, Lubbers has special expertise on factors affecting seed production. Her work has been published in professional journals, including the American Journal of Botany and Ecology.
Lubbers provides her Centre students opportunities for collaborative research. For the last five years she has studied reproductive success in wild ginseng. One or two students work with her each summer as they visit eight forest populations throughout Kentucky of this increasingly uncommon species. One of those students, Karen Trowbridge, subsequently was awarded third place in the biology poster competition at the joint annual meeting of the Tennessee and Kentucky Academy of Sciences in the fall of 2001. This summer Lubbers will continue the process of studying how soil conditions, sunlight, and pollination affect the plant’s ability to produce seed.
Lubbers says of such field work for students: “Whatever field our students go on to pursue, they gain some really important basic skills in this program—how to be organized in collecting data, the importance of being careful when recording numbers or doing lab work, how to interpret the information obtained, how to use a computer for graphing and—especially—how to think logically and concisely.”
Lubbers is a member of the Botanical Society of America, the Kentucky Native Plant Society, the Ecological Society of America, and the Southern Appalachian Botanical Society. She holds a B.S. from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and a Ph.D. from Duke University.
File last updated: 8/5/13
Botany — Plant reproductive ecology — Invasive plants
A plant ecologist with expertise on factors affecting seed production in native plants. Articles published in the American Journal of Botany. Regularly involves her Centre students in collaborative research. Most recent work is on American ginseng; Lubbers and her students are studying how water availability, sunlight, and pollination affect the plant’s ability to produce seed. Interested in invasive plants and teaches one biannual course on plant-herbivore interactions.
Marie Nydam joined Centre’s faculty in 2012 as an assistant professor of biology. She was named a Centre Scholar in 2016.
Nydam has a B.S. in evolution and ecology from the University of California, Davis. She earned a Ph.D. in evolutionary biology from Cornell University and completed a postdoctoral position at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Nydam studies phylogenetic relationships, speciation, and self/non-self recognition. She studies marine invertebrates in the English Channel and the Mediterranean Sea. She enjoys mentoring research students who are interested in evolutionary biology, genetics, and molecular biology techniques.
Nydam teaches Evolution, Biodiversity, Ecology (BIO 110), Introduction to Genetics (BIO210), Evolutionary Biology (BIO305), and Invertebrate Biology (BIO310).
File last updated: 5/2/13
Kelly O’Quin joined Centre as assistant professor of biology in 2014.
O’Quin’s research focuses on microevolutionary changes in eye development, structure, and function. His study systems include the Mexican blind cavefishes and African cichlid fishes. O’Quin uses genetic crosses and genome sequencing of these fishes to identify mutations responsible for evolutionary changes in eye development, especially as they relate to photoreceptor differentiation. He has published his research with undergraduate co-authors in the journals PLoS ONE, BMC Evolutionary Biology, and Evolution & Development. He enjoys mentoring research students interested in evolutionary biology, genetics, and genomics. O’Quin teaches Introductory Biology, Genetics, Cave Ecology, Biostatistics, and Genomics.
He received a B.S. in biology from Louisiana State University, and a Ph.D. in behavior, ecology, evolution and systematics from the University of Maryland.
File last updated: 8/29/16
Jessica Wooten joined Centre in 2014, and is associate professor of biology.
Her research interests include conservation, molecular evolution, phylogeography, and population genetics of vertebrates.
She received a B.S. and M.S. in biological science from Marshall University, and a Ph.D. from The University of Alabama.
File last updated: 9/7/16