Experts Guide — Biology


Cloning — Stem cells — Developmental neurobiology — Research on the development of neurons
and neurotransmitters — Analysis of neurotransmitters, sympathetic neurons, and target tissues
 
Steve Asmus



Dowling Associate Professor of Biology and
Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

B.S., Cleveland State University; Ph.D., University of Michigan
859-238-5318
steve.asmus@centre.edu


Special expertise in the field of developmental neurobiology. Research on the neurotransmitters produced
in interneurons of the cerebral cortex during development. Asmus frequently collaborates with students on
his research. He has authored professional papers for journals including Brain Research and Developmental Biology.


 

 


Biological conservation — Fisheries biology — Population dynamics
 
Chris Barton


Professor of Biology
B.A., University of Vermont; M.S., Ph.D., Oregon State University
859-238-5322
chris.barton@centre.edu




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.


 

 

Biology of vertebrates — Fishes: ecology, physiology, aquarium keeping, habitat — Spanish mission system in North America
 
Mike Barton


Stodghill Professor of Biology
B.A., University of California; M.A., California State University;
Ph.D., Oregon State University
859-238-5320
mike.barton@centre.edu


Special expertise on fish and their habitat. Involved in on-going research on speciation of fish in the Bahamas; has investigated the Bahamian crested goby and pupfish. Recipient of a grant to study the effects of fish predators and predation in Kentucky's North Rolling Fork and Green Rivers. Personal interest in the history of the Spanish mission system of colonial California, including a consideration of cultural, ecological, and environmental issues.


 

 

Undergraduate instruction in biochemistry and biomolecular biology — Web as a tool in undergraduate science — Research on vitamin A metabolism
 
Stephanie Dew


Professor of Biology and
Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

B.A., Centre College; Ph.D., Vanderbilt University
859-238-5316
stephanie.dew@centre.edu



Long-term research on the proteins and enzymes required for the transport and metabolism of vitamin A, especially in freshwater fish. Role of vitamin A in development. Collaborative research with students — two John C. Young Scholars in four years.


 

 

Botany — Plant reproductive ecology — Invasive plants
 
Anne Lubbers


Professor of Biology
B.S., University of Wisconsin-Green Bay; Ph.D., Duke University
859-238-5321
anne.lubbers@centre.edu




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.


 

 

Biochemistry, physiology, and molecular biology of plant disease — Long-term research on Fusarium solani, a fungus that attacks soybeans — Undergraduate science education and research
 
Peggy Richey


Professor of Biology and
Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

B.S., M.S., Ph.D., University of Kentucky
859-238-5319
peggy.richey@centre.edu



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.