Faculty and Staff

David McShaffrey

Dave McShaffrey

Title: Professor

Department: Biology and Environmental Science

Education: Ph.D. in Entomology, Purdue University, 1988; Master of Science in Biology, University of Akron, 1983; Bachelor of Science in Aquatic Biology, 1981.

Research Interests: Distribution of Odonata, feeding behavior of aquatic macroinvertebrates, UV fluorescence in arthropods, water pollution biology.

Recent Publications:

McShaffrey D, Hennen D, Spring M, Lustofin K, Remeneric, D. 2014. A preliminary ATBI (All-Taxa Biotic Inventory) for the Barbara A. Beiser Field Station,Washington County, Ohio. Poster Presentation. Ohio Natural History Conference. February 15th, 2014. Columbus, Ohio.

McShaffrey D, Glotzhober RC. 2007. Common Dragonflies and Damselflies of Ohio Field Guide. Ohio Division of Wildlife Publication 320 (806). 70pp.

Glotzhober RC, McShaffrey D (Editors). 2002. The Dragonflies and Damselflies of Ohio. Ohio Biological Survey Bulletin New Series Volume 14 Number 2. ix + 364 p.

Courses (Fall 2014): Modern Biology, Introductory Biology Lab I, Zoology.

Courses (Spring 2015): Environmental Biology, Introductory Biology Lab I, Scientific Imaging, Senior Capstone

Phone: (740) 376-4743

Email: mcshaffd@marietta.edu

What can a student expect when taking one of your classes?

Lots of pictures. I’m a visual learner so I like to use images to illustrate the main points. Fortunately my research and our study trips to Costa Rica, Guatemala, Belize and the western U.S. offer me a lot of opportunities to take pictures to use in classes.

What excites you about teaching at Marietta College?

The opportunity to get to know students and help them move on to the next stage in their lives. I really like it when I am able to point out to a student a skill that he or she didn’t realize they had — often that opens up some new doors. It’s also great to steer a student toward a good internship or job by matching their interests and abilities with an opening I’ve heard about.

When you aren’t teaching, what other activities do you enjoy?

Photography, woodworking, hiking, reading.

Do you prefer flipping through the pages of a book or an e-book?

I prefer a paper book, but e-books have so many advantages. My house would be full of books if it wasn’t for my Kindle.

What is your favorite location on campus and why?

It’s off-campus — the Barbara A. Beiser Field Station. As we develop it, it is going to be a fantastic resource for our students. A number of good projects have already happened there.

What is your favorite Marietta College event?

Our departmental fall and spring picnics when we get all the students and faculty together.

 


 

Steven Spilatro

Steven Spilatro

McCoy Professor of Biology

Dept: Biology/Environmental Science

740-376-4748

spilatrs@marietta.edu

Office: BART 173

Degrees: Ph.D. (Indiana University), 1984; Bachelor of Arts (Ohio Wesleyan University), 1979

Year appointed: 1988

Dr. Spilatro is one of just three distinguished faculty members who earned the McCoy Professor appointment twice in their careers, having received the award in 1994 and in 1999. Most recently, he was awarded a Harness Outstanding Educator Award in 2009. He teaches courses in Cell Biology, Microbiology and Immunology, as well as Intro Biology courses.

He is actively developing new interactive Web-based educational tools, using new technologies in classes and labs, and he continues to encourage students to be involved in independent research projects.

Away from campus, Dr. Spilatro plays a leadership role with a number of community groups, and in 2002 was the recipient of the College's Marietta Community Leadership Award. He is Editor of the quarterly newsletter of the Marietta Natural History Society, co-organizer Washington County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day, and prior Chair of the Marietta City Tree Commission and Vice Chair of the Marietta Development Advisory Board.

 


 

Almuth H. Tschunko

Almuth H. Tschunko

Title: Professor

Department: Biology and Environmental Science

Education: Ph.D. in Cellular & Molecular Biology, University of Michigan, 1986; Master of Science in Botany, University of Michigan, 1974; Master of Arts in Teaching in Science Education, Cornell University, 1972; Bachelor of Science in Biology and German, Tufts University, 1971.

Research Interests: Plant diversity

Recent Publications: Tschunko AH. 2007. Plant Biology Laboratory Manual. Upper Saddle River (N.J.): Pearson (Prentice Hall); 249p.

Courses (Fall 2014): Flowering Plants, Modern Biology, Introduction to Biology Lab I

Courses (Spring 2015): Lower Plants, Genetics, Medical Botany

Phone: (740) 376-4747

Email: tschunka@marietta.edu

What can a student expect when taking one of your classes?

A solid course that lets you discover how neat biology is!

What excites you about teaching at Marietta College?

The students!

When you aren’t teaching, what other activities do you enjoy?

Birding, hiking, dog walking, reading, etc. etc.

Do you prefer flipping through the pages of a book or an e-book?

There’s nothing like the feel of a book, and it does not require batteries, electricity, and current software.

What is your favorite location on campus and why?

Outdoors, looking at the plants.

What is your favorite Marietta College event?

Graduation, because it celebrates student success.

 


 

Eric Fitch

Eric J. Fitch

Title: Associate Professor of Environmental Science and Leadership, Director of the Environmental Science Program

Department: Biology and Environmental Science; Environmental Science Program

Education: Ph.D. in Resource Development (Specialization in Environmental Policy and Law and Public Policy), Michigan State University; M.En. in Environmental Science, Miami University; Bachelor of Science in Biology, Saint Meinrad College

Research Interests: Environmental Policy, Water Resource Policy, Science Policy, Sustainability, Religion and Nature, Science – Technology - Society

Recent Publications:

“Tricksters, the Big Lie and the Triumph of Politics Over Science and the Consequences” What’s Up With Water (Column) in Water Resources IMPACT Vol. 16, No.2 Mar.2014

“Where the Land and Water Meet: Coastal Resources over the Next 50 Years” in Water Resources IMPACT’s AWRA at 50: The Future of Water Resources in the United States: Water Resources IMPACT Vol. 16, No. 1 Jan. 2014

“The Utopia Column” What’s Up With Water? (Column) in Water Resources IMPACT Vol. 16, No. 1 Jan. 2014

“Making Education for Sustainability Work on Campus: The Proposals of the Roundtable on Environmental Systems and Sustainability” by Michael A. Reiter, Will J. Focht, Paul A. Barresi, Susan Gill, Richard C. Smardon, Susan L. Baker, Kimberly D. Reiter, Eric Fitch, Terry Rolfe and Sue Bumpous Chapter 8 in in Sustainable Development at Universities: New Horizons, ed. Walter Leal Filho (Frankfurt: Peter Lang Scientific Publishers 2013)

“Down by the Sea” What’s Up With Water? (Column) in Water Resources IMPACT Vol. 15, No. 6 Nov. 2013

“Message from the Future: Optimistic?” What’s Up With Water? (Column) in Water Resources IMPACT Vol. 15, No. 5 Sept. 2013

“Beautiful Illusions, Cautionary Tales, and Mirror, Mirror”: What’s Up With Water? (Column) in Water Resources IMPACT Vol. 15 , No. 4, July 2013

“…But It’s a Dry Heat! Tell That to the Frost Giants!” What’s Up With Water? (Column) in Water Resources IMPACT Vol.15, No. 3 May 2013

“Telepinu, Willy-Willys, Haboobs, Derechos and Incandescent Deep Purple” What’s Up With Water? (Column) in Water Resources IMPACT Vol.15, No. 2 March 2013

“Ys, Bungs, and Barriers” What’s Up With Water? (Column) in Water Resources IMPACT Vol. 15, No. 1 Jan. 2013

Courses (Fall 2014): Introduction to Environmental Science, Environmental Policy and Law, Environmental Sustainability, Environmental Problem Solving I, Religion and Nature

Courses (Spring 2015): Environmental Impact and Resource Assessment, Land Use Planning, Natural and Social History of Oceania, Experiential Learning, Environmental Problem Solving II

Phone: (740) 376-4997

Email: fitche@marietta.edu

What can a student expect when taking one of your classes?

They can expect a solid foundation in the subject, opportunities to explore and discuss avenues of the subject and an introduction to the quirks of the field that might only benefit the student when they appear on “Jeopardy.”

What excites you about teaching at Marietta College?

At Marietta College classes are small enough that you can come to know more about students than to just recognize their faces. You have opportunities to find out who they are and what they want out of your class. Sometimes you make lifelong impressions even when you don’t realize it at the time.

When you aren’t teaching, what other activities do you enjoy?

I read, view and write Sci-Fi and comics. I’m an Avid movie buff and I Like to travel and sightsee.

Do you prefer flipping through the pages of a book or an e-book?

Call me old fashioned, but definitely a book.

What is your favorite location on campus and why?

My office surrounded by my books, papers and memorabilia.

What is your favorite Marietta College event?

Strawberries and Crème luncheon

 


 

Dr. David Brown

David Brown

Title: Professor

Department: Biology and Environmental Sciences

Education: Ph.D. in Cell Biology, Duke University, 1995; Master of Science in Microbiology, Ohio University, 1990; Bachelor of Science in Chemisty, Ohio University, 1988

Research Interests: Environmental toxicology with a focus on exposure to metals. However, I have worked with students on research projects that have covered a wide range of topics in toxicology.

Recent Publications: Haynes, E., Ryan, P., Chen, A., Brown, D., Roda, S., Kuhnell, P., Wittberg, D., Terrell, M., and Reponen, T. (2012) Assessment of Personal Exposure to Manganese in Children Living Near a Ferromanganese Refinery. Science of the Total Environment 427-428: 19-25.

Brown, D.J., Orelien, J., Gordon, J.D., Chu, A.C., Chu, M.D., Nakamura, M., Handa, H., Kayama, F, Denison, M.S and Clark, G.C. (2007) Mathematical Model Developed for Environmental Samples: Prediction of GC/MS Dioxin TEQ from XDS-CALUX Bioassay Data. Environmental Science and Technology 41: 4354-4360.

Courses (Fall 2014): Environmental Toxicology and Modern Biology Laboratory I

Courses (Spring 2015): Introduction to Cellular and Molecular Biology and Molecular Biology Laboratory

Phone: (740) 376-4916

Email: brownd@marietta.eduWhat can a student expect when taking one of your classes?

I hope that students in my class will be challenged and will see how different areas of science are related to each other and to other areas of study.

What excites you about teaching at Marietta College?

One of the things that I enjoy the most about teaching at Marietta College is working with students on research projects. All of our majors have to complete a senior research project, so I get to work with them on a long-term project that spans the last three semesters that they are at Marietta College. In addition to this I have been working to encourage students to get involved working on research projects as early as their sophomore year.

When you aren’t teaching, what other activities do you enjoy?

I enjoy biking, gardening and cooking. Oh, I guess I should also include volleyball since I play with a group of faculty and students that usually play volleyball for a couple hours at least once a week.

Do you prefer flipping through the pages of a book or an e-book?

I definitely prefer having a physical book. There is just something about flipping through the pages and also having a bookmark that reminds me where I am and which books I am currently reading. I have tried reading books on Kindle, but it isn’t the same. That being said, e-books are great for traveling — the electrons don’t weigh nearly as much as carrying a bunch of books.

What is your favorite location on campus and why?

The College greenhouse on the fourth floor of the Rickey Science Building. It is a great place to visit on a cold day during the winter.

 


 

Tanya Jarrell

Name: Tanya Jarrell

Title: Lab Coordinator and Biology Lecturer

Department: Biology & Environmental Science

Education: Master of Science in Environmental Studies, Ohio University, 1996; Bachelor of Science in Biology, Marietta College, 1992

Research Interests: Aquatic invertebrates, mainly mussels and clams

Courses (Fall 2014): Biology 105

Courses (Spring 2015): Biology 106

Phone: (740) 376-4746

Email: jarrellt@marietta.edu

What can a student expect when taking one of your classes?

A student can expect to learn about biology, including how to apply the scientific method and write a lab report.

What excites you about teaching at Marietta College?

I enjoy getting to know all of the students in my classes.

When you aren’t teaching, what other activities do you enjoy?

When I am at home, I enjoy reading, playing sports with my kids and walking my dog.

Do you prefer flipping through the pages of a book or an e-book?

I prefer flipping through the pages of a print book compared to an e-book.

What is your favorite Marietta College event?

I enjoy the musical events on campus.

 


 

Katrina Lustofin

Katy Lustofin

Title: Associate Professor

Department: Biology and Environmental Science

Education: Ph.D. in Entomology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2007; Master of Science in Entomology, University of California – Davis, 1998; Bachelor of Science in Biology, SUNY Buffalo, 1996

Research Interests: I am interested in pollinators, especially bees. This past year MaLisa Spring ’14, as part of the Investigative Studies program and the Biology Capstone, surveyed the bee species present in Washington County and looked at floral constancy of some species. I am interested in continuing this work with future students. I am also researching the phenomenon of UV fluorescence by xystodesmid millipedes, as well as establishing the range of Semionellus placidus, a millipede species not previously reported in Washington County but discovered here by Derek Hennen ’12 as part of a class project.

Recent Publications: Abstracts

  • Shartle E, Lustofin K. 2013. The effect of caffeine and caffeine deprivation on memory in Mus musculus. Ohio Journal of Science. 113(1): A15.
  • Gillian G, Lustofin K. 2013. Repercussions of fluoxetine administration during embryonic development. Ohio Journal of Science. 113(1): A23. Oral Presentations
  • Spring M, Lustofin K, McShaffrey D. February 2014. Bee diversity and floral constancy in Washington County, Ohio. Presented at the Ohio Natural History Conference, Columbus, OH.
  • Lustofin K. April 2013. Analysis of UV fluorescence by two common millipede species from Southeastern Ohio. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association of Southeastern Biologists, Charleston, WV.
  • Lustofin K. July 2012. Phoretic mites associated with Bombus species in Washington County, Ohio. Presented at the Ohio River Basin Consortium for Research and Education Annual Symposium, Athens, OH.
Poster Presentations
  • Lustofin K. February 2014. Semionellus placidus natural history and distribution in the Mid-Ohio Valley. Poster presented at the Ohio Natural History Conference, Columbus, OH.
  • McShaffrey M, Hennen D, Spring M, Lustofin K, Remeneric D. February 2014. A Preliminary ATBI (All-Taxa Biotic Inventory) for the Barbara A. Beiser Field Station, Washington County, Ohio. Poster presented at the Ohio Natural History Conference, Columbus, OH.
  • Spring M, Lustofin K. August 2013. Bee populations and pollination services in Washington County, Ohio. Poster presented at the International Pollinator Conference, State College, PA.
  • Shartle E, Lustofin K. April 2013. The effect of caffeine and caffeine deprivation on memory in Mus musculus. Poster presented at the Ohio Academy of Science Annual Meeting, Findlay, OH.
  • Gillian G, Lustofin K. April 2013. Repercussions of fluoxetine administration during embryonic development. Poster presented at the Ohio Academy of Science Annual Meeting, Findlay, OH.
  • Hennen D, Lustofin K, McShaffrey D. February 2012. UV fluorescing millipedes from southeastern Ohio. Poster presented at the Ohio Natural History Conference, Columbus, OH.

Courses (Fall 2014): Modern Biology, Animal Physiology, Animal Behavior

Courses (Spring 2015): Modern Biology, Introductory Biology Lab II, Evolution, and Invasive Species

Phone: (740) 376-4745

Email: ksl002@marietta.edu

What can a student expect when taking one of your classes?

The two comments I see most often on student evaluations are that I am enthusiastic and my courses are challenging. I also try to make the material relevant and place it in the context of current events. For example, while discussing gene knockout techniques in my Developmental Biology class, we also discussed the dilemma faced by scientists working with knockout strains during the recent government shutdown.

What excites you about teaching at Marietta College?

Working with students on research projects, whether as part of Investigative Studies, capstone, or lab classes.

When you aren’t teaching, what other activities do you enjoy?

When I’m not in the college classroom, I enjoy getting off campus and doing research at the Barbara A. Beiser Field Station as well doing educational outreach with local second and fifth graders as part of the MC2 program. In my free time, and in particular in the summer, I enjoy hiking, bicycling, kayaking, and doing agility and obedience training with my dogs.

Do you prefer flipping through the pages of a book or an e-book?

Actual books — there is nothing quite like the smell of a new book!'

What is your favorite location on campus and why?

Bartlett 280, which we have dubbed the Institute of Arthropod Research, because it is where my students congregate to do research on insects and other arthropods. We have also been known to get a little silly in there.

What is your favorite Marietta College event?

Christmas with the Concert Choir. I have no musical talent but I love hearing our students show off theirs, plus Dan Monek always chooses a fantastic mix of holiday favorites and new music.

 


 

Jennifer Hancock

Jennifer A. Hancock

Title: Assistant Professor

Department: Physician Assistant

Education: Doctorate of Philosophy, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Ohio University, 2010; Bachelor of Arts, Biology, Capital University, 2002

Research Interests: I am interested in how structure relates to the function and ecology of a species. My research is focused on how structure relates to the biomechanics of locomotion.

Recent Publications:

Hancock, J.A., Stevens, N.J. & Biknevicius, A.R. 2014. Elegant-crested Tinamous Eudromia elegans do not synchronize head and leg movements during head-bobbing. Ibis 56: 198–208.

Hancock, J.A., Biknevicius, A.R. & Stevens, N.J. 2007. Whole-body mechanics and kinematics of terrestrial locomotion in the Elegant-crested Tinamou (Eudromia elegans). Ibis. 149: 605–614.

Courses (Fall 2014):

PASP 501 Gross Anatomy Course Coordinator

PASP 503 Advanced Human Physiology I Course Coordinator

PASP 590 Research Methods I Course Coordinator

Courses (Spring 2015):

PASP 506 Advanced Human Physiology II Course Coordinator

PASP 591 Research Methods II Course Coordinator

Phone: 740-376-4952

Email: jennifer.hancock@marietta.edu

What can a student expect when taking one of your classes?

A student can expect to learn everything about the structure and function of the human body.

What excites you about teaching at Marietta College?

I am excited about teaching future physician assistants and helping them to become excellent clinicians.

When you aren’t teaching, what other activities do you enjoy?

I enjoy hiking, biking, gardening and photography.

Do you prefer flipping through the pages of a book or an e-book?

Neither, I do both.

What is your favorite location on campus and why?

The anatomy lab! Why? Because it’s the anatomy lab!

What is your favorite Marietta College event?

The PA orientation picnic! It is always fun to meet the new PA students and their families before summer anatomy begins.

What is your clinical work experience?