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Position: Instructor/Dir of Anatomy Labs
Department: Biology
Phone: (218) 723-6063
E-Mail: larriaga@css.edu

I got my MS in biology from the University of Oklahoma, in Norman OK. At CSS, I teach the human anatomy laboratories. I'm interested in host-parasite coevolution, speciation, and sexual selection.

Position: Asso Prof, Human Anat, SHS/SSC
Department: Biology
Phone: (218) 723-5961
E-Mail: kdurickeder@css.edu
Position: Asst Prof,BIO/Assoc Dir,Honors
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, parental investment, and behavior of juvenile eastern chipmunks (Tamias striatus). I am interested in behavior during the juvenile period and parent offspring conflict. I have also worked on life history tradeoffs and behavior of juvenile thirteen-lined ground squirrels (Ictidomys tridecemlineatus), individual vocal identification of Barred Owls (Strix varia), and moth diversity in the Queensland, Australia rainforests.

I collaboratively teach Global Challenges, Scientific Solutions: Climate Change, and also teach Animal Behavior and Field Biology. I have also taught Foundations of Biology and Human Biology courses at CSS.

Position: Asst Prof, BIO
Department: Biology
Phone: (218) 723-6628
E-Mail: jobrien@css.edu

Degrees: Ph.D. from the University of Colorado Denver, B.A. from the College of St. Scholastica

Teaches: BIOL 1115: Global Challenges, BIOL 1036: Biology of the Cell, BIOL 3600: Cell Biology, BIOL 4160: Molecular Biology

Research Interests: Cancer biology

Other Interests: Loves being outside, all four seasons

Position: Instructor, BIO
Department: Biology
Phone: 733-2281
E-Mail: VOlson@css.edu

Instructor: Biology 

M.S. University of Minnesota, Integrated Biosciences 

B.S. St. Cloud State University, Ecology and Field Biology 

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

MD: American University of Antigua; MBA (Healthcare Administration): Plymouth State University

My research interests include musculoskeletal biology, musculoskeletal rehabilitation, bio-gerontology and anatomical education.

I am a clinical anatomist with experience teaching gross, histologic, developmental and neurologic anatomy. I have interest in anatomy as applied to the solution of clinical problems and/or the application of clinical observations to expand anatomical knowledge. I am also passionate about using technology and active learning strategies to improve student engagement, motivation, inclusion and learning outcomes. When away from work, I enjoy spending time with family, traveling and cooking! 

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

Assistant Professor of Biology

Degrees: Ph.D. in Zoology from Colorado State University; M.Sc. in Zoology from Colorado State University; B.Sc. in Biology and Chemistry from the University of Pittsburgh

Research Interests: 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.  

Courses: Anatomy & Physiology (BIO 2510 and BIO 2520); Super Physiology (BIO 3777)

Other Interests: Running, cycling, hiking, camping, canoeing, and doing just about anything outside with my family. 

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

Associate Professor, 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

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 have taught 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 Prof/Dept Chair 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

Courses taught: Microbiology, Virology, Bacteriophage Discovery, Bacteriophage Genomics, Advanced Bacteriophage Biology

Research interests: Bacteriophage evolution and diversity

Position: Asst Professor, Biology
Department: Biology
Phone: (218) 723-6423
E-Mail: kzelazny@css.edu
Website: View

PhD, Johns Hopkins University, School of Medicine

BA, Princeton University

Adjunct Faculty

Adjuncts are listed during semesters in which they teach.

Position: Adjunct Faculty
Department: Biology
Phone:  
E-Mail: LBarrett@css.edu
Position: Adjunct Faculty
Department: Biology
Phone:  
E-Mail: rportinga@css.edu