Department of Biology
Outstanding Students and Graduates
The primary emphasis of the faculty at
We take great pride in our students who respond well to our
challenges. Their excellence shows in many ways.
Progress in Graduate programs:
- Dr. Derek Serna – now entering hematology / oncology fellowship program at OSU
- Dr. Amanda Bailey Bohleber
completed Pharmacy or
- Lori McKinney, Jared Weller, Amanda Breetzke
Recently completed Physical or Occupational Therapy
Rachel (Mahns) Pulver, Jill Orzehoskie, Jamie Bach, Holly Stefaniak, Graham Gould
Recently completed Medical or
- Shannon Cheek (04) -
- Leslie Clevenger (04) -
In Medical Programs
- Kevin Falk (06) - Osteopathic Medicine
- Sonia Honkisz (05)
- Sarah (Wells) Ragan (05) - American in
- Ann Mlynarczyk (08)
- Nathan Graves (08)
Currently in Graduate
- Kristi Zurawski graduate program in Forensic Science
- Shannon Finnerty - Marine Biology
Recently Completed Graduate School
- Jeanette Jaskula, Natural Resources, U Wisconsin
- Micheal Thomspon, Biochemistry, Purdue
- Mary Quasney, Food Science, UC - Davis
- Susan Owenby, Biochemistry, U of Iowa
- Gina Rottino, Pharmacology, U Wisconsin
- Richard Gallo, Biochemistry, Purdue
- Kim Riccardo, Forensics, UIC
- Kristy Tiede, Forensic Science, New Haven
- Richard Gallo, Medicinal Chemistry, Purdue
- Katie (Mack) Mancuso Neuroscience, Medical College of WI – just received PhD
STUDENT RESEARCH AND PUBLICATION
AMPHIBIAN RESEARCH Dr. Bob Brodman (left) has involved
"SJC Scholar-Athlete Award" is given for excellence in both
athletics and academics. The Award is presented to Senior Varsity
Athletes who have compiled a grade point average of 3.5 or higher during their
They are (upper left to lower right):
- Zachary Erb,
- Amy Harmening,
- Ashley Hughes,
- Olivia Klosterman,
- Ann Stupic
- Brittany Wikierak.
ABOVE AND BEYOND:
Heather Mikus is one of those students that a school loves to have show up at their door. In her four years in our Biology program she has achieved outstanding grades. Even as she studied, she always looked for ways to give to others. Her peers crowned her years of work in student government by electing her Student Association President for 2005. She was a tutor for struggling students and promoted science in middle and high schools with her volunteer work in our College Science Olympiad.
In 2005 & 2006 Heather was chairperson of the Gallagher Charitable Society. The Society provides a Christmas party for the poor children in our area who otherwise might have no Christmas. She has been MS Santa Claus to over 200 children each year for four years. This is her in her “Santa’s Helper” outfit of green shirt and red cap. Good job Heather!
While he was a Biology Major at
LIST OF PUBLICATIONS:
Brodman, R., T. Anton, K. Glennmeier, P. Seth, D.
Didion, and A. Luksus. 2005. Status of Amphibians and Reptiles in Savanna
Habitats and Savanna Mosaic Communities of the
Brodman, R., J. Ogger, A.P. Long, T.
Ziemba-Bogard, R. Mahns-Pulver, D. Falk, K. Mack-Mancuso. 2003. Multivariate
analyses of the influences of water chemistry and habitat parameters on the
abundances of pond-breeding amphibians. Journal of Freshwater Ecology 18:
Brodman, R., J. Ogger, M. Kolacyzk, A.J. Long, R. A. Mahns-Pulver and T. Ziemba-Bogard. 2003. Mosquito Control By Pond-Breeding Salamander Larvae. Herpetological Review 34(2): 116-119.
Brodman, R. and J.M. Jaskula. 2002. Microhabitat Use and Activity of Five Species of Salamander Larvae. Herpetologica: 58:346-354.
Jaskula, J.M. and
R. Brodman. 2000. Density-Dependent Effects on Microhabitat Selection and
Activity of Two Species of Larval Ambystoma Salamanders. In:
Investigating Amphibian Declines: Proceedings of the 1998
Brodman, R., and M. Kilmurry 1998.
The Status of Amphibians in Rural
Brodman, R. and R. Dorton. 2004. The Effectiveness of Pond-Breeding Salamanders as
Agents of Mosquito Control.
Brodman, R, M. Parrish, H. Schwarz and M. Marlin.
2002. The Amphibian Biodiversity Recovery
in a Large-Scale Ecosystem Restoration: final report. TNC Indiana Field Office,
Brodman, R. and H. Schwartz. 2002. How blue-spotted and smallmouth salamander larvae
coexist with their unisexual polyploid counterparts.
Brodman, R., J. Ogger, T. Ziemba, A. Prather-Long, and
R. Mahns. 1997. Effects of Breeding Pond Chemistry on Amphibian Abundance
and Species Richness.
ABSTRACTS & SCHOLARLY PRESENTATIONS
Didion, D., A. Luksus and R. Brodman. 2005. Status of Amphibians and reptiles in savanna habitats and savanna mosaic communities of the Chicago Wilderness Region. Paper presented by Didion and Luksus at the Butler Undergraduate Research Conference and SJC Colloquium Day and by Didion at the Indiana Academy of Science, Saint Mary of the Woods.
E., and K. Zurawski. 2005. Rate of Decay in Amphibian Population in
Ragan, S., and S. Honkisz. 2005. Processing and assembling an equine skeleton. Poster presented at the Butler Undergraduate Research Conference and SJC Colloquium Day.
T. 2004. Natural history observations of the Lesser Siren (Siren
intermedia) populations in
Kretz, T. 2004. A 10-year Study of Amphibian Populations of Northwest Indiana. Paper presented at the Butler Undergraduate Research Conference and SJC Colloquium Day.
L. 2004. The Effect of Climate on a 10-year Study of Amphibian Populations in
Brodman, R. and R. Dorton. 2003-2004. Tiger Salamanders
144 Mosquitoes 0: The Effectiveness of
Pond-Breeding Salamanders as Agents of Mosquito Control. Paper presented by
Brodman to IAS at
Kretz, T., R. Hoffman and R. Brodman. 2003. Lesser Siren
Kretz, T., R. Hoffman, S. Finerty and R. Brodman.
2003. Does soil pH effect Lesser Siren populations in
Hoffman, R., S. Finerty, T. Kretz and R. Brodman. 2003. Population Dynamics of the Lesser Siren in Disjunct Populations. Paper presented by Hoffman and Finerty at the Butler Undergraduate Research Conference.
Brodman, R, M. Parrish and H. Schwarz. 2002-2003. The Amphibian Biodiversity Recovery in a Large-Scale Ecosystem Restoration. Paper presented by
Brodman to the IAS at
R. and H. Schwarz. 2002. How blue-spotted and smallmouth salamander
larvae coexist with their unisexual polyploid counterparts. Paper
presented by Brodman to Animal Behavior at
Martin, C and R. Brodman. 2001. Siren (Siren intermedia) Population Study of Jasper-Pulaski Fish & Wildlife Area. Paper presented by Martin at the Butler Undergraduate Research Conference.
Mack, K and R. Brodman. 2001. The Effects of Wetland Classification, Distribution, Abundance, Water Regime, and the Distance Separating Wetlands on Pseudacris crucifer (Spring Peeper) Populations. Paper presented by Mack at Butler Undergraduate Research Conference.
R. and J.M. Jaskula. 2000-2001. Microhabitat Use and Activity of Five
Species of Salamander Larvae. Poster presented at the ESA meeting in
D., C. Crum and R. Brodman. 2000. The Ecology of the Lesser Siren in a Disjunct
R. and M. Kolaczyk. 1998-1999.
Biological Control of Mosquitoes by Pond-Breeding Salamander Larvae. Paper
presented by Brodman to the IAS at Park Tudor,
R. and J. Jaskula (SJC '99).
Effects on Microhabitat Selection and Activity of Two Species of Larval
Ambystoma Salamanders. Paper presented by Jaskula to the
Ogger, J., T. Ziemba, A. Long, R. Mahns and R.
Brodman. 1996. Effects of Pond Chemistry on Amphibian Species Richness.
1996. Paper presented by Long , Ogger and Ziemba to the IAS at
Depauw, DAPTF at Indiana Dunes, and the Argonne Undergraduate Symposium in
R. and C. McCoy. 1996. The Use of an Anuran
Breeding Call Index in a
Brodman, R. and M. Kilmurry . 1995. The Use
of Breeding Indexes in Amphibian Surveys. Paper presented by
Kilmurry to the IAS at IUPUI.
Brodman, R., R. Mahns, J. Ogger and T. Ziemba.
1995. Physical and Chemical Influences on Amphibian Populations in
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