Faculty and Staff

Email information is followed by @css.edu unless otherwise noted.

Position: Instructor/Dir of Anatomy Labs
Department: Biology
Phone: (218) 723-6063
E-Mail: larriaga@css.edu
Position: Asst Prof, Human Anat, SHS/SSC
Department: Biology
Phone: (218) 723-5961
E-Mail: kdurickeder@css.edu
Position: Associate Professor, BIO
Department: Biology
Phone: (218) 723-7026
E-Mail: pfreeman2@css.edu

PhD, University of Nebraska - Lincoln, Evolution Ecology Behavior
MS, North Dakota State University, Zoology
BA, University of St. Thomas, Biology

I am a broadly trained organismal biologist. Most of my experience is in behavioral ecology and field biology. My current projects investigate the life history tradeoffs and behavior of juveniles in the thirteen-lined ground squirrel (Ictidomys tridecemlineatus) and eastern chipmunk (Tamias striatus) systems. I am interested in behavior during the juvenile period and parent offspring conflict. I have also worked on individual vocal identification of Barred Owls (Strix varia) and moth diversity in the Queensland, Australia rainforests.

I team teach General Biology 1 and 2, and also teach Animal Behavior, Ornithology and Human Biology.

Position: Assoc Professor, BIO
Department: Biology
Phone: (218) 625-4869
E-Mail: akruchten@css.edu
Position: Instructor, BIO
Department: Biology
Phone: 733-2281
E-Mail: VOlson@css.edu

Instructor: Biology
M.S. University of Minnesota
B.S. St. Cloud State University

Position: Assistant Professor, Biology
Department: Biology
Phone: (218) 625-4977
E-Mail: srichards5@css.edu
Website: View


Position: Asst Prof,BIO/Dir,Pre-Med Pgm
Department: Biology
Phone: (218) 625-4867
E-Mail: aschlater@css.edu

I am a comparative physiologist with a background in cells, muscles, rodents, and seals.  My research explores phenotypic plasticities of animals in response to extreme environments, from breath-hold exercise to high altitude and high fat diets.  

Position: Assoc Prof/Chair, BIO
Department: Biology
Phone: (218) 723-7081
E-Mail: KThoemke@css.edu

Associate Professor and Chair, Biology
Ph.D. University of Minnesota
B.S. University of Minnesota

Position: Assoc Professor, BIO
Department: Biology
Phone: (218) 723-6059
E-Mail: DWalton@css.edu
Website: View

Associate Professor, Biology PhD Iowa State University BS University of Minnesota

Position: Instructor, BIO
Department: Biology
Phone: (218) 723-6073
E-Mail: JWattrus@css.edu
Website: View

Instructor, Biology
M.S., Environmental Sciences, University of North Texas, 1993
Certification in Secondary Education, University of Texas, 1985
B.S., Biology, University of Minnesota, 1981

My areas of interest in the biological sciences are at the 'organismal level'. I teach Field Biology, Ecology, Plant Systematics, Current Environmental Topics and Life Science. I am also the CSS Greenhouse Manager. My research interests are in the areas of sustainability and environmental issues.

Position: Assoc Professor, BIO
Department: Biology
Phone: (218) 733-2277
E-Mail: DWesthol@css.edu

Assistant Professor: Biology
Ph.D. University of Minnesota
B.S. University of Minnesota