Experts Guide — Environmental Ecology

Biological conservation — Fisheries biology — Population dynamics
Chris Barton

Professor of Biology
B.A., University of Vermont; M.S., Ph.D., Oregon State University

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

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.



Botany — Plant reproductive ecology — Invasive plants
Anne Lubbers

Professor of Biology
B.S., University of Wisconsin-Green Bay; Ph.D., Duke University

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.