Teaching and Research Interests
I am an Assistant Professor of Biology at Millikin University in Decatur, IL. I teach human anatomy and physiology and immunology courses as well as ecology and evolution, and statistics courses. Broadly, my research interests include ecoimmunology, physiology and behavior of birds and amphibians. I work with Millikin students on research projects involving the ecoimmunology and physiology of local bird and amphibian species. Prior to completion of my Ph.D. in the summer of 2010, I was a member of the Dr. Stephan Schoech Lab at the University of Memphis, focusing my research on Florida Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma coerulescens) endocrinology and physiological ecology. Specifically, I studied senescence of the reproductive system in the Florida Scrub-Jay from an endocrine perspective as well as other physiological factors (such as egg quality and stress response), and behavioral characteristics (food provisioning and nest attendance) and comparing results among birds of all ages.
I completed my undergraduate studies at Eureka College (Alma Mater of Ronald Reagan) with a bachelor's degree in Biology and a minor in Spanish in May 2005. I have some interesting pets, including a handsome black lab/husky mix, two firebellied toads, a leopard gecko, and an oversized black pug and two turtles that came with my wife. In my limited spare time, I enjoy cooking, wildlife viewing, fishing and hiking as well as reading science fiction novels, playing basketball and always supporting the Chicago Cubs.